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Guilty until proven innocent-Parking ticket woes...

I was very surprised to have received a citation today for failure to pay the daily thug-buck as required at Macarthur BART station in Oakland, CA.

I park at Macarthur BART every single weekday. I arrive between 6:20 and 7:00 am. I usually park in the exact same stall every day and always pay the daily fee upon entering the station. Today was an exception in that the space I usually park in was taken, so I parked in another space (315). As is my consistency with using the same stall, I always pay at the same validation machine inside the station. This morning however, that machine was out of order due to a system or code corruption (the screen was full of error messages). Hence, I had to use the validation machine directly in front of the station agent booth. My memory of this is so vivid, that without a doubt in my mind I did in fact pay the fee.

Dublin / Pleasanton parking

"What were they thinking ?"

Over this past weekend, BART decided to convert 1/3 of the parking spaces on the Dublin side of the Dublin/Pleasanton station from $1 daily use to reserved/monthly parking.

I can understand if they slowly decided to increase the reserved spaces, perhaps 2-3 parking space rows at a time ... but 1/3 ? If I were to guess, there were probably 300 spaces empty this morning in this newly converted section.

Up until now, BART has done a good job of communicating the upcoming changes to the parking areas as they commence construction of a parking structure (finally). I would have liked some type of warning last week that such an aggressive reduction of available daily parking was about to occur.

DUBLIN/PLEASANTON parking

"What were they thinking ?"

Over this past weekend, BART decided to convert 1/3 of the parking spaces on the Dublin side of the Dublin/Pleasanton station from $1 daily use to reserved/monthly parking.

I can understand if they slowly decided to increase the reserved spaces, perhaps 2-3 parking space rows at a time ... but 1/3 ? If I were to guess, there were probably 300 spaces empty this morning in this newly converted section.

Up until now, BART has done a good job of communicating the upcoming changes to the parking areas as they commence construction of a parking structure (finally). I would have liked some type of warning last week that such an aggressive reduction of available daily parking was about to occur.

Snapping Gum Chewing

One thing that I absolutely can't stand is people, usually black women, chewing and snapping their gum loudly. They chew as if their lives depended on it. Nobody wants to hear and see you chewing your cud.

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bart body building

I thought it was amusing watching a male passenger yesterday admire his reflection while flexing his biceps as he clutched the overhead handrail. That is until I saw the passenger who got on later performing pull-ups!

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Bart needs to clean itself up

I live a block away from Ashby Bart, the street outside, the sidewalk, is ALWAYS dirty. They don't touch it. It brings me down to walk that one block.

A Rave about Rants.....

I have only been using bart for a few weeks now and have read all or most of the rants on the board. I have yet to see any of that, that is until tonight. Yes one short trip from Fremont to Concord has changed all of that. My trip tonight has allowed me to see the light so to speak.
Here's what I got to see.
Trying to get out of the train so that you can cross the platform is more like a mosh pit then a simple crossing. Trains so over packed you would think that it was some kind of joke, it was kind of funny (but not in a funny way) that we were so packed in there. Then came the people talking / yelling on their cell's and the one's that want to get their grove on with songs blistering from their cell's. Not to mention the guy (that was luckly enough to get a seat) that was getting his mack on with some kind of a sandwich (Dude, napkin please). Just when I thought this was the most that this night trip could give me, I hear a sound of liquid dropping across from me, I look down toward the sound and what do I see, but a nice jack a$$ leaned over with puke flowing.......

I'm having a hard time understanding this...

We all know that bringing any food or drinks on the train isn't allowed. But what I don't get is, if that is law, then why are these little caffes / mini stores starting to pop up in front of the stations right next to the entry gates. The one at the Pleasant hill station is a good example of this and at the Concord North station they are working on one that should be open soon. Doesn't having mini 7'11 right in front of the stations kind of encourage people to get a snack or something cold to drink for their trip?

Just experienced my first train shut down....

Last night about 10:45 the train came to a complete stop right out of the city center station, The announcement came over the PA and the lights went out for a few minutes. After that the train started up again and ran fine until it reached Macarthur at which time the doors stayed shut and the conductor/driver needed to check a panel in each car looking for the issue. After what seemed to be a lifetime the doors were opened and we were told to get out, cross the platform and board the next train because this one was no longer in service.

I have only been riding Bart for a few weeks and was wondering if this was normal for when things like this happen?

My favorite BART announcement so far

One afternoon about a week ago, I was riding the Pittsburg/BayPoint line back home, and heard the most wonderfully amusing announcement from the BART headquarters or whatever it's called. We'd experienced a delay or three, and the operator made a couple of apologies along the way from downtown San Francisco. Then while crawling along in Oakland, the intercom sprang to life again with a woman's voice, announcing "This is BART Central" (or something like that. She proceeded to explain the nature of the problem that created the delay, added that the trains were back running almost on normal schedule, and then said "and we want to thank you for any inconvenience we've caused you this afternoon."

Bicycles

Ok, there's a rule about bicycles (non-folding) during rush hours. On the Pittsburg-Bay Point line, it's enforced maybe 30% of the time. The Station Agents let them in and *occasionally* a train operator will inform (via intercom) the rider that they can't board the train, but more often than not a rider will board taking up 2 seats next to the door, and if the train is crowded, soiling the clothes of riders around them.

Yeah, one of my pet peeves....

He was a new role model.

There I sat on the Daly City or SF Airport or one of them that goes all the way to Civic Center without stopping, one recent morning.
I spied an older gentleman wearing a BART shirt, reading a newspaper. He finished a section, then crumpled it and tossed it on the floor. He now had secured my full attention. Why was he doing that ? Undeterred by my stare or amazement, he repeated it with the next section. Then he grabbed a different newspaper and resumed his morning reading.
I wanted to ask him why he was trashing the train like that, but I figured it would not help anything. He was unmistakable though, because on one hand he had only four fingers.

Eating and drinking

It used to be enforced and carry a $100 fine, but I don't think it is any more. There's nothing like sitting in someone's leftover burrito spillings. Kids allowed to throw rice and chips outside their strollers. Spilled coffee. The list goes on. It's not just an annoyance, but it means more work (more cost to commuters) to clean up the messes. Hey, I'd love to enjoy a cup of coffee on my morning commute, too...

I've seen the BART argument that they can't enforce a law against someone having a can of soda in their backpack, but c'mon already. Two days in a row in Pittsburg, someone had spilled a LARGE coffee drink at the same turnstile within 10 feet of the Station Agent. When I brought it up the 2nd day, I was met with a casual "Yeah, I called the janitor to take care of it." Don't the station personnel SEE these people as they pass through the gate???

Fewer cops on trains?

Hey, I was complaining to a BART cop this morning that there were not enough cops for all of the extra riders on a free day. He told me to get used to it. BART is putting in a new computer system and one of the things that this is going to do is make the cops do their own payroll. Evidently the cops are going to be spending a couple of hours per day behind a computer on this stuff. I don't know about you, but I'd rather have a cop on a train rather than surfing the internet any day! Hello BART management...have you ever heard of support staff?????

Chivalry is dead

OK folks.... There I was 8 months pregnant, kankles and all! I got on at the San Leandro station and not one person would get up for me!
You know those seats that are reserved for the handicap and elderly??? Well, they are also for the miserable, swollen, uncomfortable pregnant women who are commuting to work in the city everyday. Come on people!
Don't pretend like you didnt see me! If it wasn't for that beautiful young black woman telling you assholes to get up I would have stood for the entire hour.... again! It wasn't the first time and over the coure of my pregnancy it wasnt the last time either. I did learn to speak up for myself and demand a seat but I shouldnt have to. And in defense to some of the women BART riders, I did have a few women give up their seats for me.

Every single day

I get on the BART every day at the Coliseum and I get off at 12th St. Oakland. Anyone who rides this train can tell you that once you hit 12th St. (which is 3 stops away) the train empties out. Regardless of this fact, the same people (2 ignorant girls, in this case) get on in the front car and walk all the way to the back, inconveniencing the entire train of standing passengers. When they realize there are no empty seats (which there will be a plethora of in 10 minutes) they start walking back to the front. Every day these girls push past me, and everyone else in the train, TWICE. If they are looking for a seat, that's just annoying because can they not stand and wait for 10 minutes for their pick?

Rants and Raves

I've been riding BART since it opened over 30 years ago. I've listened to people whine and complain about the trains, operators, station agents, and BART Management the entire time. You just can not please everyone, all the time. Compared to 30 years ago, BART is a blessing to ride.

I have riden the Tube in London, the Metro in Paris and the Metro in Washington DC. BART is neither better nor worse than those. All have their failings and all have their good points. If people want to complain about mass transit - complain about County Connection in Contra Costa. At least BART gets us where we want to go as directly as possible.

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