Or so it seems, judging by the number getting on and off during the evening hours, esp. the Richmond and Pittsburg-BP lines. If they're being ignored by the station agents, shouldn't BART be changing their literature and signage? Unfortunately, these people not only insist on take up the space of 4 people in crowded cars by sitting in the Senior and Disabled seats, but block the doorways, as well. WTF?
I could continue to question these people, but the last time I did almost came to blows with the guy and some a**hole patron from Lafayette who wasn't familiar with the rules either. Grrr...
Last Saturday my friend and I stopped off at a Starbucks on our way to Fleetweek to watch the Red Bull Air Races and the Blue Angels. He commented that Pleasanton is so white â€œOf the 35 or so people in there was only one Mexicanâ€. I donâ€™t know why he notices things like that. Perhaps it is because even though he is white, he was once married to a Latino (or is it Latina?) and once married to a Korean and now seems to exclusively date abusive Chinese women. Well, they seem abusive from the stories he tells me but I digress.
From our pasty white environment we entered the world of public transportation. As I take place in the handicapped area I notice right next to me a pair of very attractive Indian woman, one wearing a traditional Sari. My friend has to sit a row behind them across from a nice looking middle-aged black couple. I thought to my self; not so white now eh and that as a paraplegic in a wheel chair, Iâ€™m one of the diverse characters riding toward the capital of characters, San Francisco.
There was a news article on how they're thinking of making the bart $2.50 each way. The people who take short trips maybe two or three stops don't want to pay more. The people like me who come all the way from Berkeley to SFSU to go to school schuld be excited. If you can't afford a two stop ride on the BART take the regular ol' bus.
Some days I read the comments on this web site and cannot believe some of the comments about blacks and they way they act on BART. It upset me to think that people still look at other people by their color. But last night at the Powell Street Station, I understood why people point out blacks and others. I was standing in a line and a train pulled up (Richmond), not mine so a couple of us stood off to the side as the train approached. As the train was pulling into the station, this young black kid in this 20's bypassed the line and stood in front of the other people that were waiting in line to get on to the train.
Bart's handling of the power outage was really poor. They directed all the passengers to Ashby station to take the AC Transit #15, creating a line of several hundred stranded commuters. How about setting up a bus bridge/shuttle or asking AC Transit to provide more buses? Didn't happen...AC Transit management wasn't even aware of the problem. Bart also failed to mention to commuters that the F also goes to Downtown Berkeley. A very poor response on Bart's part. Anyone else affected by this mess?
My god my ears are hurting! The cars are so loud that I can't even have a normal conversation with the person next to me. How in the hell are we supposed to hear the Train Operators' announcement with all this noise? The seats are the most disgusting thing on the train. I don't even want to sit anymore. Is there a timetable to actually replace these seats?
Does Bart even care that these cars are falling apart? Oh I almost forgot, don't you just love the cars that are not heating or cooling correctly? I've been on a car that had it's heater blasting while the rest of the cars are running AC.
During the evening rush at the heavily used Berkeley Bart station, 2 of the 8 destination signs displayed "Sign Out of Order" electronically and urged riders to look at the miniscule destination sign at the front of the train instead. It was very inconvenient that these were the signs closest to center of the platform, where many people congregate while waiting. How pathetic is that? We have too few destination signs already and now we have ones that defer us to smaller, harder to see destination signs. Maybe someday, all of the platform destination signs will say "Out of Order" in the middle of the morning commute and we'll have hundreds of confused riders not knowing where the train goes.
On Saturday, 9/30, 2006 about 10:00 a.m. I boarded a SF/Daly City train at Macarthur Station. I was the only person on the last car. Ten minutes later, a man sat across the aisle from me, I had a large duffel bag sitting between us. I noticed some vague rapid motion and then realized he was mastubating while watching me. I then attempted to leave my seat with my belongings and go to the next car. Instead, the man masturbating got up, exposing his dribbling erection, and walked ahead into the next car (all in front of the video camera). On Monday, 10/2 at 12:30pm I reported the incident to BART police on the phone.
Checked the bart homepage, a few news sites and couldn't find anything. Apparently there was an 'incident'..
I was riding the train last week and saw a guy slumped over into the aisle to the point where I knew he wasn't just a tired commuter getting some sleep. I debated for a good 5 stops whether I should give a call to the BART PD non emergency line, finally around Macarthur I did.
When you responded at the Walnut Creek station you were straightforward and professional with the passenger I called about, and from the snippets of conversation I heard from the bench outside the train, it was clear you were not making accusations before you had found out more about my staggering friend.
So thank you BART PD for the rapid, professional response.
The seat cushions on BART are covered in peoples filth. Many of the riders don't appear to have bathed in quite a while. I propose placing toilet seat cover dispensors throughout the terminals so that people can keep their rear from touching these disgusting seats. The city has a bedbug problem, not to mention the drifters who use the trains to sleep on and stink beyond belief. Seems like no one cares, and fool themselves into believing that their precious rear isn't coming in contact with anything that could do them harm. Anyone heard of crabs? Do you enjoy sitting on other people's urine and feces? Keep fooling yourself then.
I want to believe you,BART police that you will be happy to address issues. However, that was NOT my experience. And I feel my issue was even more serious than fare evaders.
At the 16th & Mission BART station, when I was getting on the escalator going down at about 11pm,a man with dark hair & a dark leather jacket reached between my legs from behind (I was wearing a skirt) & grabbed my crotch over my underwear. I was with another female friend. I yelled "oh my God!" And then as the man just slowly walked away a bit( he was still on the ground level,Not on the escalator) & was Not really leaving the area, I said "You are going to jail bitch!"
OK I am not a fan of those that eat on BART. Who is eating sunflower seeds and putting them on the floor like they are in a park.
The ride is twenty minutes. Can't you wait to eat?
Anyway the oddest one I ever saw was someone eating soup on the BART. Not one of those containers where you drink but a large bowl of liquidy soup. Whose idea was this?
To the rude slobs that sit in disabled seating. You are supposed to vacated the seats when an elderly or disabled person boards the train. Don't pretend you don't see the cast on my leg or the cane that I am walking with.
Please feel free to shove me aside when boarding the train to take the last available seat on the train. Do not vacate the seat when I ask, I enjoy having you pretend that you do not see me, or that you are asleep. Please let me stand from Lafayette to Embarcadero every day - I love the challenge of trying to hold on at 80 miles per hour. The real thrill is when I fall when the train stops. I'm sure you would love these thrills if you broke your leg.
I got on the Daly City train to ride a few stations back tonight after my night class downtown and rode the train back to Civic Center.
As soon as the doors open at the Civic Center three young African American teenagers in full fledged baggy clothes, dreadlocks and gold teeth walk into the train like they own it.
About two seconds later I look up and right as the doors are about to close the one teenager that got out rushed back into the train with a laptop! Then the kid whose laptop was taken also rushed right back into the train after the perp! This was crazy and all happened within five seconds! I missed what happened with the commotion as I was ready to get up and beat the shit out of the perps friend that was jamming the door open... but the perp that had the laptop in his hand threw it back at the kid that got it taken and then ran out the other train door.