Last night I was in the Embarcadero station, waiting for the 10-car Richmond train that comes at 7:06pm. I was waiting behind the black strip at the very front of the platform, just before the entry to the Tube. I prefer the first car, both because it is generally less crowded and it is more likely not to have smelly carpet.
The train pulls in right on time, but stops a few feet short of the black strips. The TO pokes his head out of the window and tells the three of us standing by the front tiles that the first door on the train isn't opening and that we should move down to the rear door of the first car. We oblige. The train repositions, but the doors still don't open. Then the train just leaves! Doors never open, no one gets on or off!
BART, I work from 7am until 7pm every day. When I get off at del Norte, I am faced with the injustice of seeing people take the elevator to the street right in front of the station agent's booth. I think I pay too much for crowded, smelly trains. Now you won't even let me on?!?!?
Needless to say, the commuter crowd was pretty pissed off. I am sure those people on the train who wanted to get off at Embarcadero, but would have had to go all the way to West Oakland and come back, weren't too happy either. Anyone have a guess as to what happened?