If you awoke extra early today with the same excited and spirited feeling you have on Christmas morning, excited to catch a BART train in service, well, that's too bad -- the gifts aren't under the tree just yet. A tentative BART labor deal was reached late last night, but that didn't give BART en ... More >>
Well, you survived the five-day Bay Bridge closure, and now your commute is back on track, hopefully. The same cannot be said for BART, which could barely withstand the extra 380,000 trips from passengers who relied on the 24-hour service to get around town during the Bay Bridge blackout. And now, ... More >>
A cheery publication aimed at visitors to our fair city encouraging them to "travel like a local" on public transit is a massive softball waiting to be belted over the fence and deep, deep into the bleachers. Jokes about remembering to avoid scattering detritus when rolling a joint on the bus o ... More >>
Au revoir, fecal bacteriaBART's board of directors voted unanimously today to replace the much-reviled fabric seat covers in 100 train cars with cushioned vinyl covers that will be much less susceptible to stains and bacteria.The public has long been clamoring for cleaner BART seats. The retro-fa ... More >>
This is no joking matter One of the many demands Anonymous put out there in exchange for ending the weekly BART protests was that the transit agency fire its chief spokesman, Linton Johnson. And while the group might have succeeded in making him a target, its having no such luck in ousting him.BA ... More >>
Just call in sick todayThe notorious hacker group, Anonymous, breached BART's website yesterday, releasing personal information of thousands of Bay Area commuters. On top of that, the group is now warning that it will disrupt transit service tonight during the evening commute.So yeah, find a diff ... More >>
GoogleBART riders, kneel before GoogleNo need to rush out the door to catch that next BART train. We all know it will probably be late anyway. But to temper your anger over this often frustrating transit system, Google has rolled out its real-time tracking system for public transportation that's ... More >>
BART maintenance is a trainwreck. More than one-fifth of the equipment BART uses is in poor or shoddy condition -- and fixing it would cost taxpayers at least $2 billion, according to a January report by rthe U.S. Government Accountability Office.America's public transit facilities have -- for ye ... More >>
You won't be riding this to a Rangers gameAs precarious as riding Muni to Giants games can be, it'll always beat taking public transit to Texas Rangers contests. Because you can't. Wikipedia readers and others have been bandying about the claim that Arlington -- home to the Rangers, Dallas Cowboy ... More >>
You will love meHave you heard? There's a thing called BART in this here Bay Area. And BART wants to make sure you know about BART -- that's why this week was 'Try BART Week.' If you haven't yet sampled the public transit goodness that is BART, today's the day to do it: if you do, you could win f ... More >>
Michael RhodesMuni's new gates didn't cause problems elsewhereOther American transit systems using fare gates essentially identical to Muni's have not been besieged by fare-hoppers able to outsmart the high-tech system with a wave of the hand, SF Weekly has learned. Muni has become the unwelcome ... More >>
'Leaving a bomb in the men's room' can apparently have multiple meanings...Last week, we wrote about the nearly decade-long closure of public bathrooms in the busiest downtown BART stations. "They're still closed because terrorists are still trying to kill people," BART spokesman Linton Johnson t ... More >>
Your transit system is terribly inefficient, extremely slow, and wildly expensive. Heres how you can fix it.
Going, going, gone?On April Fools' Day, the CEO of Caltrain made an announcement we wish was just a joke: The agency is beyond broke, and will move to cut half its service. And that's only if it's lucky enough to survive at all. That was the bad news. Here's the worse news: According to transit e ... More >>
You likely soon won't see one of these during non-commuter hoursWhenever your CEO prefaces his message to the board with "This is not an April Fools' joke," you're in for some bad news. And bad news is what Caltrain boss Mike Scanlon delivered yesterday: "There's a possibility this railroad could ... More >>
Federal scrutiny could threaten funding for the Central Subway boondoggle.
Celebrate good times -- BART and Muni won the lottery!Public transit advocates are all but dancing in the aisles of public transit following a ruling that yanked $70 million in federal funding away from the controversial Oakland Airport Connector and led to moribund local transit agencies being s ... More >>
What will it take to derail BART's half-billion dillar planned extension to Oakland Airport? How about the price quadrupling while the anticipated ridership dropped by two-thirds? Nope. How about the predicted commute time actually being slower than the existing shuttle system? Nope. Well, how ab ... More >>
The regional Metropolitan Transportation Commission moments ago voted to stay the course, applying $70 million in endangered federal funds not to the Bay Area's moribund transit agencies but a controversial, half-billion dollar proposed BART extension to Oakland Airport. "Closer than I thought, b ... More >>
Paul McAdooPaul McAdoo sounds like an interesting guy -- and if you see him, be sure to stop and have a chat. Then call the Menlo Park Police Department, as McAdoo has been missing since mid-October. The 86-year-old dementia patient has taken off for spells at times in the past; his family told p ... More >>
Joseph Moore is K-onfused A few weeks back, San Francisco resident Joseph Moore got so fed up with Muni that he decided to express his disdain via custom-made clothing. The resultant T-shirts utilize various San Francisco Metropolitian Transportation Agency line names, which appear in black block ... More >>
If you can't make out this sign, then riding BART is even more hazardous than you might have thought Many riders have been pissed off of late about BART's ongoing labor soap opera. But two riders with bad eyesight may hold BART in special contempt now that the the 9th Circuit Court ... More >>
Mayor Gavin Newsom took a lot of flak for his non-response to the Muni crash on July 18 that sent nearly 50 unfortunate riders to the hospital. Although Newsom has quite a lot of influence in the running of Muni in his role as mayor and appoints the members of the Muni board, he didn't say anythi ... More >>
Just when you thought they were out ... they pull you back inYou know how BART is going to run 24 hours during Labor Day weekend while the Bay Bridge is closed? Well, maybe not! How about zero hours?A strike -- and the idea of a Dunkirk-like fleet of small boats being required to move folks acros ... More >>
A transportation activist points to inefficient and costly projects like the Central Subway.
More on the wayA group of East Bay residents protesting BART officials' handling of the shooting death of Oscar Grant on New Year's Day say they plan to shut down the Fruitvale station on Thursday, March 5, during evening rush hour. The effort will mark the first organized attempt by protesters to ... More >>
Five pals of the man shot dead by BART police on New Year's Day have filed a claim accusing the rapid transit system of illegal search and seizure, excessive force, and false arrest and are demanding $1.5 million. The claim was filed by lawyer John Burris, who earlier sued BART for $25 million on be ... More >>
Major public transit agencies around the country — including San Francisco's — may pay billions for risky deals with bankers.
BART fears city subway project poses danger to busy downtown S.F. station.
Nat Ford to staff: Don't talk to me!
A new ballot measure could change this absurd concept: less management for more money