Tag Archives: BART

Michael Petrelis in his walking tour of the 16th Street Bart Station. Photo by Joe Rivano Barros.

Pigeon Poop Begone, Says BART Board Candidate

Michael Petrelis, the political gadfly and a candidate running to represent part of San Francisco on BART’s Board of Directors, is tired of pigeon crap. Its cleanup has in fact become a rallying cry for Petrelis’s campaign for the BART Board of Directors, in which he is running to represent District 9, which includes the seven BART stations from Montgomery Street to Balboa Park....
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San Francisco Chronicle Ceases Circulation at all BART Stations

For more than 16 years, Al Cummings bought the San Francisco Chronicle on his way to work from a woman – always smiling, he wrote – set up at the bottom of the stairs at the 24th Street Bart Station.  Lately, however, the woman and her colleague at the southeast end of the station, are no longer there. They won’t return, said Karen Jay from the Chronicle’s...
16th Street Bart. Photo by @numerokarla

BART Track Troubles To Cause Delays All Day

A 10-inch section of broken rail wreaked havoc on BART this morning, causing delays that may well continue into the evening, SFGate reports. The track deformity is located somewhere between the Civic Center and 16th Street stations, prompting trains to be single-tracked through San Francisco and severely limiting East Bay bound service. Repairs are expected to take four to six...
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Update on 24th St Cafe Window

The cutout at the 24th Street BART Plaza that looked like a walk-up service window drew considerable attention  because it cut into an existing mural honoring a long-time businessman and children who have lost their lives to violence, according to VanishingSF.  The cuts were made as part of renovations for a new cafe  and, as it turns out, co-owner John Gavin says the hole will become a...
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Protest: BART Friday, No Business As Usual (Updated)

Prepare this Friday to join the protest at Montgomery BART Station, or plan accordingly to get to wherever you are going without being disrupted. At 7 a.m. on Friday, people will meet at the the Montgomery BART Station platform. Instructions on Indy Bay carefully state that you should bring a metal spoon. The protest is planned in response to the charges against 14...

Harassment on Muni and BART? Oh Yes

BART and Muni records of catcalling, groping, rape and other types of sexual harassment on stations and vehicles indicate that this public nuisance is rare. Only 12 incidents have been recorded in the past two years. BART’s numbers are even more impressive, with no incidents whatsoever in the Mission since 2012, and only 20 incidents in all of San Francisco....
One of the remaining wool BART seats. Photo by Lydia Chavez.

Burning Question: Those Old Gross BART Seats

Earlier this year, BART announced it would completely redesign its fleet by 2017, but the rapid transit system has a few projects to finish before that great day. For one, there’s the issue of the bacteria-infested wool seats. In 2011, BART began a project to replace most of the wool seats with cleaner vinyl ones and remove the carpeting from...
The white sections have not been painted-over, they've just been sandblasted clean to remove all the dirt and grime. Photo courtesy of KQED.

BART’s Walls White? Nope, Just Clean

KQED has reported that the Embarcadero BART Station is being sandblasted this week, a cleaning effort that has made some sections look as if they’ve been painted white: The Embarcadero BART station is getting a thorough scrub-down this week. Workers on the graveyard shift have been sandblasting sections of the walls along the tracks at night, says BART spokeswoman Alicia Trost. The results...
A bevy of commuters explode on the Twittersphere following last Friday's BART strike. Photo: Sarah McClure

Ride-Sharing Companies Thrive During BART Strike

A strike from BART, the nation’s fifth largest rail system, introduced new users to an alternative form of local transit: ride-sharing services. Across the board, the major ride-sharing communities saw a significant increase in downloads and social media mentions during the strike. On Friday, Sidecar morning ride requests jumped 60 percent—almost double than the previous Monday, said Margaret Ryan, vice president...
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Strike’s Silverlining? Free Tables at Mission Hot Spots

BART trains may be rolling again, but their weekend absence disrupted reservations at the Mission’s top dining destinations, giving locals a serious shot at some tough-to-snag tables. “It made the reservation book kind of a joke,” said Molly Fritz, a manager at Bar Tartine. “People were stuck in traffic, so the times that they thought they were going to be...
Tech workers waiting for buses.

Tech Workers Escape BART Strike Woes

As more than 400,000 people in the Bay Area scrambled for alternate ways to work during the first morning rush of the BART strike, the Mission’s tech workers lined up at 24th and Valencia streets, where a new round of private buses arrived every five minutes to transport them to their corporate campuses. “I didn’t know there was a BART...
Tom Radulovich, BART board president, speaks to press shortly after the unions announced they would strike at midnight. Photo by Jason Paladino.

BART Negotiations Disintegrate Into Strike Threat

This article was originally published in Oakland North. Almost a full week of negotiations unraveled Thursday afternoon when union workers and BART management came to a stalemate and talks ended in the threat of a strike set to start midnight Thursday. The two parties seemed to be telling completely different stories at a heated press conference Thursday around 4:15 p.m....

Man Shot and Killed In Excelsior, Suspect Still at Large

A man was killed a few blocks from Balboa Park BART around 4 p.m. yesterday, and police are still looking for the gunman. Police responded to a call on Mission Street near Brazil Avenue, finding a man suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. He was pronounced dead on the scene. The suspect, who fled on foot, is described only as a...