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That BART dude twiddling his thumbs at top of Embarcadero escalators

So, every work day I haul my tired self into SF and up the stairs -- the westernmost stairs -- at Embarcadero Station. And every day there's a BART employee standing on the ticketing level at the top of the platform escalator ... sometimes he's chatting with another employee, sometimes he's idly looking around, sometimes he's just spacing out. I've never seen him actually DO anything. What is he doing there??!?!!?

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Could he be the EMT that is

Could he be the EMT that is stationed on the concourse. I was told recently that BART assigned an EMT in the morning commute rush to haul off sick patrons quickly to avoid tying up in-bound traffic. I've seen him wheel around a chair type gurney with an O2 bottle attached. Then again, he could be a groupee dressed as an EMT.

It could be the EMT guy.

It could be the EMT guy. There is one stationed at West Oakland and another at Embarcadero.

hmmm ... well, he's

hmmm ... well, he's definitely not a groupie dressed as an EMT. the guy I'm talking about isn't in any kind of EMT uniform at all; he's dressed in street clothes with a BART ID tag around his neck. 'course, maybe that's the BART EMT uniform ...

He's either a Line Supervisor

He's either a Line Supervisor for the Train Operators or a Forworker for the system service workers.

line foreworkers do commute

line foreworkers do commute watch at embarcadero, west oakland, macarthur, bayfair, and del norte stations. when there is a problem with a train or on a train they are in position to help out faster than if they had to be called in from the line office. it's true that they appear to be doing nothing when they are standing around, but you can never know when a passenger is going to have a seizure or a door will be jammed open. when it happens they are in position.

that makes sense ... in the

that makes sense ... in the past i've seen mechanics or technicians or something show up on a train when there's a problem, and i always wonder how they got there so fast. still, this guy doesn't have any tools, utility bag, or radio (i think, he wasn't there this morning) with him, and if he were planning to help out with a train problem, wouldn't he be down on the platform level?

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Mainline techs have offices

Mainline techs have offices throughout the system. The can be found at 19th St., Lake Merritt, Bay Fair, Civic Center and sometimes Daly City. They move though the system to intercept trains than may be developing (or having) problems that is more than the operator can fix.