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Monday, February 23, 2015

BART Cops Help House Homeless Vet

Posted By on Mon, Feb 23, 2015 at 11:47 AM

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Even for all its good, BART gets a bad rap,  whether it's for hellish labor strikes or bacteria-laden seats and escalators coated in human feces. And Vietnam veteran Jack Hanna was once among the crowd of BART haters, but for reasons that had nothing to do with delayed trains.

Hanna spent five years dodging BART police officers as a homeless man who spent nights in the stations. 

Perhaps you recognize Hanna who was a fixture at the Civic Center station over the past few years. You won't see him there anymore. That's because he now has a room in a shelter, thanks to the efforts of BART employees.

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Friday, February 6, 2015

These Photos Prove BART Is Nasty, But Not As Nasty As It Used to Be

Posted By on Fri, Feb 6, 2015 at 12:38 PM

A recent survey among BART riders showed that commuters are still pretty grossed out by the train stations, for reasons that we probably don't need to state. Perhaps feeling defensive, BART released some internal images to show how cleaning teams are truly making a dent in the grime at stations. 

Here are some "Before" and "After" photos that show, yes, stations are still dirty, but they're not as dirty as they used to be.

Exhibit A:

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Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Confirmed: Commuters Are Becoming More Bummed Out by BART

Posted By on Tue, Feb 3, 2015 at 12:08 PM

Hot and crowded riders pack into trains and hate it. - FLIC
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  • Hot and crowded riders pack into trains and hate it.
BART released some new results that show not-so-new feelings among BART riders: The trains are hot and crowded, and it sucks. 

Specifically, the results, which landed in the laps of t BART board members last week, indicated that riders felt the stations were becoming dirtier and the trains were becoming more packed with people.

BART blames the increasing dissatisfaction on aging infrastructure and increasing ridership.

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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Person Under BART Train, Expect Major Delays (Update)

Posted By on Wed, Oct 22, 2014 at 3:18 PM

Update 3:35 p.m.: Well, this odd. BART is now retracting its initial story, saying there is no person reported under a train. Alicia Trost, spokeswoman for the transit agency, says that although initial calls say there was someone under the train, BART police did a sweep under the train in question and found no sign of a person under the train. With that, trains are moving again and the delays should subside. 

Original Story: An unidentified person is currently under a train at the Embarcadero station, which is causing major delays for commuters headed to the East Bay, BART officials say. 

Alicia Trost, spokeswoman for BART, says the call came in at about 2:45 p.m. reporting that a person was under a train. There is no information about how the person ended up on the tracks, nor did Trost have details on the condition of the person. 

She did say that trains are turning back and there are some pretty heavy delays to come. 

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Friday, September 26, 2014

Bike Parking to Triple at Civic Center

Posted By on Fri, Sep 26, 2014 at 8:34 AM


Now there's even more reason to sell your car and ride your bike to BART. 

The transit agency last night approved big bucks so they could more than triple the number of secure bike parking spaces at the city's Civic Center station. Right now, there's 63 bike spaces, but after the money is spent, cyclists will find 216 spaces to choose from. 

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Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Domestic Violence on the Rise on BART Trains

Posted By on Tue, Sep 23, 2014 at 4:04 PM

Among the many criminals BART is cracking down on — boozers, naked acrobats, and those who poop in public — the transit agency has added batterers to the top of that list. 

New stats show that domestic violence is on the rise at BART stations, with 95 cases in 2013, up from 80 in 2012, and 65 in 2011. So far this fiscal year, there have been 65 domestic violence related crimes, says Officer Ken Dam, BART police crime analyst.

The good news is that BART police are using that newly enacted law which allows the transit agency to ban repeated criminals to shed domestic abusers from the system. 

"Domestic violence is an issue in our society, and it spills over to BART," Armando Sandoval, the BART crisis intervention training coordinator (yes, that position exists!). "There's something that is brewing, and there is hostile energy, and it makes a potentially volatile situation."

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Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Anti-Dairy Ads on BART Urge Commuters to Bathe

Posted By on Wed, Sep 3, 2014 at 9:23 AM


Despite the relentless California drought, we're not sure there are too many commuters on BART who'd be okay with their fellow passengers skipping a shower any day of the week.

And the legions of anti-dairy eaters know this.

That's why the Factory Farming Awareness Coalition has unveiled a curious campaign plastering 120 BART cars and 40 BART stations with ads asking commuters to ditch dairy and take a shower (or 27) instead. 

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Thursday, August 28, 2014

BART's New Crime App Turns Passengers Into Snitches

Posted By on Thu, Aug 28, 2014 at 3:20 PM

Everyone sees you, but nobody cares - BART
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  • Everyone sees you, but nobody cares
BART has launched a new app that'll let riders immediately report crimes in real-time and even upload photos of miscreants throughout the transit agency. 

BART says it's responding to demands from riders for a silent and discreet way to report crimes to BART police while they're on a train or in a station. So here it is, by popular demand: BART Watch.

“The BART Watch app will be free for BART riders to download from our website or they can go directly to the Apple App Store or Google Play,” said BART Police Chief Kenton Rainey. “This new technology will allow us to partner with our riders so they can 'See Something, Say Something,' and help us keep the system safer and more secure."

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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Fleeing Burglar Causes BART Delays

Posted By on Tue, Aug 26, 2014 at 1:00 PM

BART trains are running a bit behind schedule this afternoon after a burglary suspect was nabbed in downtown Oakland. 

According to BART police, at about 11:50 a.m. a suspected auto burglar went down to the train platforms in downtown Oakland, leading police on a short pursuit from the 14th Street platform to the 12th Street platform. "The suspect made it up to the street level and Oakland police arrested him," a BART cop told us. 

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Friday, August 22, 2014

Stinky Train Stops BART in Its Tracks

Posted By on Fri, Aug 22, 2014 at 11:54 AM

It's certainly not news that the various scents on BART can make your stomach turn. But this morning, the stench on a San Francisco-bound train burned enough nose hairs that the train was brought to a screeching halt. 

KRON4 reports that at about 10:28 a.m., a "foul odor" was detected on a BART train headed for San Francisco. Authorities considered the smell to be somewhat caustic and stopped the train at West Oakland. Passengers were evacuated and took the opportunity to grab some fresh air. 

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