Update 10:35 p.m.:BART unions issue late-night rant, read below. Update, 5:47 p.m.: BART describes the rejected package. Read update at the bottom of story. Original story 5 p.m.: Apparently, BART's hired-gun Tom Hock was doing a better job in Disneyland. Representatives of the workers' union ... More >>
There's something about the sight of a historic streetcar rumbling through San Francisco that puts a spring in your step. They're oozing with character, in stark contrast to the drab uniformity of modern transit. Their laconic pace recalls a time when not everything had to be done right now, at once ... More >>
It's been challenging to walk up and down the broken BART escalators as of late without thinking of how much poop and pee is caked inside the broken stairs. Fortunately, BART has been hard at work, cleaning up and fixing those public escalators that had become the dumping ground -- literally -- for ... More >>
Jim HerdDid you know that missed runs don't count in Muni's on-time rate? Nat Ford did. Muni transports 700,000 riders a day, and every one of them's a critic. Local passengers -- and journalists -- come to bury Muni, not praise it. But it warrants mentioning that the journeys locals see fit to c ... More >>
You are supposed to sit, not shit on the seatWe all know how utterly disgusting a trip on BART is -- the seats are coated in years of grease and grime and the carpet is as sanitary as a Porta Potti.But alas, BART trains are nearing the end of their life expectancy, and the transit agency will nee ... More >>
Pretty -- and pretty costlyA controller's memo sent to BART officials yesterday warned that constructing the controversial $484 million Oakland Airport Connector will drain millions more away from the system's general fund than previously believed. BART's failure to secure a $105 million Transpor ... More >>
Cheers! Now let's go to the Centre...Legions of future BART riders will misspell the name of the forthcoming Contra Costa Centre -- yes, Centre -- station following a vote by the transit agency's board of directors yesterday. The board voted 7-1, with only Carole Ward Allen objecting, to re ... More >>
Take us to the 'Centre'! Tally-ho!BART's board of directors is scheduled today to vote on whether the name of one of its stations should be made longer, more complicated -- and more expensive. At the behest of both municipal and corporate interests, BART may today opt to change the name of Pleasa ... More >>
BARTHere it comes, whether you like it or not...The Oakland Airport Connector project is not unlike a zombie -- it's terrible and it stinks, but you just can't kill it. The Metropolitan Transportation Commission today approved applying $20 million in state funds toward the projected $484 million ... More >>
The project that just won't die ... won't dieBART's board today tabled the vote on the fare rollback no one wants and approved the Oakland Airport Connector no one needs. By an 8-1 vote, the board approved the revamped $483 million connector project, which was dealt a staggering blow when ... More >>
BART riders: Cleanliness is next to GodlinessThose embittered with the state of society invariably mutter that, in a democracy, the people always get the government they deserve. But if that's the case -- and it is -- then BART riders deserve both credit, and excellent transportation. We've writt ... More >>
This morning, the Chronicle ran an eye-catching little story about BART. Its synopsis: Half of the $4.5 million allotted for temporary fare rollbacks has been siphoned off into BART directors' "pet projects" -- including an astounding $750,000 to "deep clean" 50 train cars. That's $15,000 a car, ... More >>
Not going anywhere, it would seem...The San Francisco Examiner today had a story noting that the idea of bus and train stop consolidation, pushed as a remedy that could save Muni millions by speeding up vehicles, has just as speedily fallen off the radar. The Ex does a downright public service by ... More >>
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Wait, that's not Stockholm...Let's not mince words here: The BART board's asinine idea of using one-time state funds to temporarily save riders a few pennies for every ride is pandering to the electorate at its most blatant. It's bad transit policy. Hell, it's bad fiscal policy. The only thing it ... More >>
In the wake of this morning's incident in the BART transbay tube -- in which a coupling device fractured, splitting a nine-car train into five- and four-car segments -- the agency and its riders were left with three unsettling possibilities: This was due to a lack of maintenance on BART's aging f ... More >>
It's fun! It's educational! All right -- you win free shit! Send us your perfect score here and win a prize! And now...Whose car is this? 1. Did you know the winner of NASCAR's Daytona 500 was given a hero's welcome in San Francisco this week? Of course you didn't. By the way -- who won the Dayto ... More >>
...Step three: Profit!Like many transit advocates SF Weekly contacted this week, BART board member Tom Radulovich was relieved that the feds yanked $70 million from the controversial Oakland Airport Connector project, with the funds instead heading to Muni, BART and the Bay Area's other cash-stra ... More >>
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 >>
Jim HerdWhen you're watching Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice, there's always a fleeting thought, part-way through, that this time Shylock is going to prevail and humble those feckless, bigoted aristocrats who consider him a subhuman. Never happens. Can't happen. It's not in the script. In a ... More >>
In a definite candidate for the ironic hall of fame, the BART board last week awarded part of a multi-million dollar contract to Nedar Bey -- who had earlier accused that very board of being "servants of the devil." Fittingly, hundreds of thousands of dollars in government money may be going stra ... More >>
The ongoing slow motion debacle that is San Francisco's Central Subway just got a little competition from across the Bay -- last night the BART board approved a $550 million version of the Disney monorail to connect the Coliseum station and airport. While we're outspending our East Bay neighbors by ... More >>
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