Another miserable ride this morning
I board the train at the Orinda station headed for SF. Because the train just before 8:00 was only 8 cars, it was already full by the time it reached Lafayette. A few more people squeezed on, but it was packed past a safe capacity. I, along with several others on the platform, decided to wait for the next train in 5 minutes. It was only 9 cars, so it too was packed to near capacity. We all squeezed on anyway to try to get to work on time. At Rockridge, the lines to board are still ridiculously long and the people come piling in. We are all touching the people next to us now. Personal space be damned. At MacArthur, another shitload of people try to transfer from the Richmond line to our train. They are bitching and whining for people to move in and let them on, but there just isn't any more room. One guy has claustrophobia, so he pushes his way off the train. At least three more people took his place. At all of the other Oakland stops, the people on the platflorms just said fuck it and didn't even bother to try to board.
This is becoming the new normal for my morning commute. The 8 and 9 car trains at the peak commute times are just NOT FUCKING CUTTING IT! BART would be over capacity even with all 10 car trains. Something needs to change now. If this was a business that didn't depend upon taxpayer money and government subsidies, it would have been shut down by now. We need 10 car trains up until at least 9:00 a.m. BART should make this their top priority. It's no wonder more and more people are turning to driving. The are fed up with BART. As shitty as the freeway traffic is, at least you don't have to stand shoulder to shoulder as you breathe other people's bad breath and farts on your way to work. And you can sit in relative comfort listening to your own sound system. I'm seriously thinking about giving up on BART.