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Friday, January 15, 2016

Starting Today, Some BART Trains Will Have Even Fewer Seats

Posted By on Fri, Jan 15, 2016 at 11:38 AM

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Transit planners call it a “crush load,” but commuters know it as a typical rush hour on BART. With ridership levels at record highs, the agency is getting creative (or desperate) with space management aboard packed trains. Starting today, BART will remove seats from 20 of its cars to accommodate more passengers.

Per Hoodline, seven double seats in each car will be replaced with single seats. Four of the newly roomy cars will launch on each of the agency's five lines.

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Wednesday, October 21, 2015

BART Says No to Vaping (Officially)

Posted By on Wed, Oct 21, 2015 at 4:41 PM

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Well, the time has come.

Users of vaporizers — whether they're e-cigarettes or sneaky cannabis toking machines — are on official notice to cease, desist, and otherwise not use the smoking alternatives at BART stations.

This is not a new policy, but the transit agency posted signs in stations signaling this on Tuesday, and also took to social media to make the message clear. 

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Monday, August 24, 2015

Embarcadero BART Station Closed Due to Medical Emergency

Posted By on Mon, Aug 24, 2015 at 2:25 PM

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It’s shaping up to be a tough day for BART.

This morning, trains were delayed in the East Bay as police at the Lake Merritt station tried to apprehend a robbery suspect who had fled into a tunnel. And this afternoon, the Chronicle reports that a person may have jumped in front of a train at the Embarcadero station.

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Friday, July 31, 2015

Stay On Your Side of the Bay This Weekend

Posted By on Fri, Jul 31, 2015 at 11:05 AM

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BART is shutting down its transbay service this weekend to make repairs to the transbay tube, so if at all possible, STAY ON YOUR SIDE OF THE BAY. 

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Thursday, June 25, 2015

BART Police Adopts New Policy For Transgender People

Posted By on Thu, Jun 25, 2015 at 11:31 AM

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BART police have adopted sweeping new policy guidelines around interactions with transgender people. According to the National Center for Transgender Equality, it is among the first such policies adopted by a major law enforcement agency.

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Friday, June 19, 2015

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Watch BART Riders Get Pissed at Guy Filming Exercise Tutorial on Train

Posted By on Wed, Jun 17, 2015 at 1:30 PM

Reddit, a trusted resource among journalists since 2005, has dredged up this gem featuring San Francisco’s most prolific video asshole:

If this guy looks familiar, that's because you’ve probably seen his previous shitshows “It’s your constitutional right” and “Burger King customer service ftl.” He’s easy fodder for local blogs searching for afternoon pick-me-ups, and there’s something undeniably compelling about watching a trainful of people experiencing this in real-time.

Remember, folks: use your environment.

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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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  • Jack Hanna
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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