Submitted by greg24frames on Mon, 04/03/2006 - 5:35pm
(originally posted on craigslist as "critical mass, public transport, bikes")
There is a middle class bias against public transport and bikes. Many of us associate this kind of travel with the lower social orders. We fish for excuses like "it's too far" or whatever, but many more of us could take public transportation or bike/BART or BART/bike of BART/bike/bus or Car/BART/bike or any combination including walking, carpooling, etc. There are even people who commute by kayak! There are many ways to get from one place to another, if we'd bother to invest in them (but right now too much of our investment goes to cars).
Submitted by markday on mysp... on Fri, 03/10/2006 - 9:57am
what's annoying me today?
People who use their laptops on the BART.
Sure, they're relatively few in number now.
But it's a problem that's only going to get worse if we don't stamp on it.
Or at least attempt to spill coffee on it.
It's not so much the laptop usage that bothers me.
It's the fact that they all but setup office, arrange a selection of action figures on the back of the seat in front, settle down for an exciting session of computer programming, then look at you with a mixture of pain and disbelief because it's your stop and you want to get off.
We're not asking you to vacate a conference room that you booked on Outlook. It's my stop and I want off.
Submitted by eastbayman on Wed, 01/04/2006 - 8:53am
I was on bart this morning and my GOD there are so many people sick! People please stay home so you don't end up passing it around. For god's sake cover your nose/mouth whe you do cough!
Submitted by ATruthSeeker on Sun, 12/11/2005 - 7:31pm
In an eight hour day, twelve patrons lost their tickets (and had no money) and over twenty (stopped counting) owed money on their tickets to exit but reportedly also had no money. However I was not cursed at so it was a damn good day!!
Submitted by SecretAgentMan on Fri, 12/02/2005 - 12:18pm
Nathaniel Ford Sr., a former manager at BART who has run the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority for the past five years, is the MTA directors' top pick for the San Francisco post.
If the contract is approved next week as expected, Ford's total compensation package would come in at $322,450 a year -- slightly less than the pay by comparable transit agencies in California and about $25,000 less than the national average, according to analysis commissioned by City Controller Ed Harrington.
Submitted by eastbayman on Mon, 11/21/2005 - 2:39pm
I wouldn't think so. I see most people don't want to be bothered while commuting. What do you guys/girls think?
Submitted by bartside on Tue, 10/25/2005 - 11:04am
who gives? why is bart running 8 car trains during rush hour? The damn platform was made to handle 10 cars. I didn't pay to ride bart only to get packed like fucking sardines in an 8 car train. aaaaarrrggggghhhhhh!!!!!!!
Submitted by headtrippin on Mon, 10/24/2005 - 4:46pm
I'm trying to enjoy a quick nap on the train when I'm suddenly disturbed by these two young black males who are selling candy?
I've seen the same kids do this a few weeks ago. I would never buy candy from them because:
-they're definitely not at school like they should
-clothes are so dirty and ripped
Submitted by bortlicesneplate on Wed, 10/19/2005 - 4:51pm
Maybe its being in such unusually close proximity to strangers, maybe its that I am either tired because it is early or tired from the day, maybe it's the air in the transbay tunnel... but I cannot believe how completely unacceptable some people's behavior on BART is. Like where do you live, and what happened to you as a child???
-The guy sitting in a seat, cutting his own hair with clippers. I wanted to pee all over him. I mean he's leaving his body waste all over, why not see what it's like for everyonwe else?
-The lady who talks about INCREDIBLY personal issues very loudly on a cell phone. I don't want to know that your aunt is having complications with her diabetes, or that your sister just had her kids taken away by child protective services... and you are at the OTHER END of the car I am on. Psycho.
Submitted by nubee on Thu, 10/13/2005 - 7:48am
I arrived at Dublin Pleasanton only to hear that there was a fire at San Leandro station. Due to this there wasn't any service from Fremont and Dublin. Only Fruitvale had service. I drove to Fruitvale only to be dealing with a mess of riders facing the same issue. At one point they made about 1000 riders go to the other platform which required going downstairs and crossover back upstairs. After everyone made their way to the other side, a BART employee came up and said they changed the platform! So here we go back to the other platform again! lol I just need to get back to work. They said buses were provided but it takes too long and they can only hold so many passengers.
Submitted by nubee on Wed, 10/12/2005 - 9:54am
Is it true that BART is going to run 24 hours on a weekend? If so, can someone fill me in? I think that is a great idea since I work on different shifts.
Submitted by nubee on Wed, 10/12/2005 - 7:54am
10 car Train is a bonus. I got on at Bayfair heading for San Francisco and it was nice to have a 10 car train. There lots of empty seats where it's usually not when it's an 8 car train. lol I never heard of the term "Bart Surfer" until a new member that goes by that name enlightened that to me. If you don't know what I'm talking about, it's when you have to stand but you don't want to grab the dirty and nasty handrails, you just have to balance yourself and surf! I love that.
Submitted by BARTsurfer on Tue, 10/11/2005 - 10:21pm
Okay, so stick with me here, I like the coincidence, synchronicity or however you want to categorize it.
I moved to the area, and became a frequent BART rider. I realize that there were certain rules that everyone needed to follow like no smoking, giving up seats by the door for those who need it etc.
The rule about eating I figure is a litter, and consequently a hygiene and health issue. Of course, if one is responsible, there's no reason we shouldn't be allowed to eat as long as we pick up after ourselves. I thought it's a rule simply because a few lame people ruin it for everyone.
Now without a subtle segue, September 11, 2001 has changed our freedom (real freedom, not George W. Bush religious morals/trademarked greedom) and we've had to adhere to restrictions on freedoms because a few assholes. This is a more violent, ignorant and spiteful version of the same idea filled with malice. Now we've given up more liberties more profound and restrictive due to only a few.
Submitted by nubee on Tue, 10/11/2005 - 9:54pm
during certain days of the week I start at Dublin Pleasanton station and I feel bad for the next two stops. The reason, because the cars are practically full before it leaves. It's unbelievable but yes, I would not want to be the next few stops because it will be standing room only.