4th of July
I had a harrowing experience last night at the Embarcadero Bart station. My family (including 3 small childern) and I caught BART at the Embarcadero station after watching the fireworks on the pier. The underground platform was so overcrowded that the people coming down the escalator literally had no place to go. There was a panic stricken female BART employee who was working there all alone. I asked her (along with many other people) to turn off the down escalator to prevent more people from coming down to an already dangerously overcrowded platform. At first she was unwilling to turn off the escalator with people on it for fear that it would lurch forward and cause the people on it to fall off. Ultimately, when she realized that people on the platform would spill over the sides onto the BART tracks, she turned off the escalator. I'm not blaming her; I believe that she did the best she could given her circumstances. What I would like to know is why BART was not better prepared with more employees to monitor and direct the crowds from the 4th of July festivities safely onto the platform at the Embarcadero station. This was truly a dangerous situation and BART was very, very fortunate that no one was killed. I felt blessed to make it home in one piece. After this experience, I will not venture into the City again to watch the 4th of July fireworks.