Take Your 10 Cents And Fix Some Trains!
This morning was a perfect example of why the $5 million surplus should be used on maintenance and longer trains rather than 10-cent fare cuts.
I got to del Norte station in plenty of time to catch the 9-car 7:16 Millbrae train. When it shows up (late), it was an 8-car train (which is especially annoying to me, because I always get on at the last car so I can take the stairs up at Embarcadero). No matter; we herd onto the train like cattle. We sat for about a minute at the station then the TO gets on the intercom and says that the train hit something on the tracks prior to entering the station and he would be taking the train out of service.
All of us, including the passengers who had embarked at Richmond, crowded back onto the platform. The next train that showed up was a 6-car Fremont train, and there was no way that another person could cram themselves on (not to mention that transferring to an airport train at MacArthur would be brutally crowded), so we just kept waiting. 20 or so minutes later another Millbrae train came.
Less than a minute after we departed del Norte, the train came to a stop and the TO announced that due to a mechanical problem, we would be reversing directions and going BACK to del Norte. Once we got there, we were all crushed like sardines trying to get down the stairs and back up on the other side again, during which time another Fremont train came and went. I finally got to the city at 8:30am. Would another 10 cents in my pocket have softened that blow? No. Fix the damn trains, BART.