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News, Excess Baggage: The Forgotten Costs of the BART SFO Extension

Excess Baggage: The Forgotten Costs of the BART SFO Extension

Taking mass transit to the airport is convenient. But taking mass transit to the airport when you didn't even mean to? That's transcendent. Anyone jolted out of a dream and into a nightmare after awakening when his or her BART…
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The World's Most Expensive Lid: BART Devises a $2 million Solution for its Excrement-Clogged Escalators

In a press release trumpeting a prototype canopy to shield the portals to subterranean transit stations, BART board president Tom Radulovich admitted, "Our escalators take a beating ... from people who don't use them for what they're intended." Reached for…
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News, The Snitch Nat Ford's Legacy

Nat Ford's Legacy

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 complain about to…
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News, The Snitch BART Considers Cleaner, but Less Comfortable Seats

BART Considers Cleaner, but Less Comfortable Seats

We 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…
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News, The Snitch BART Oakland Airport Connector Gets More Expensive

BART Oakland Airport Connector Gets More Expensive

A 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 Transportation Infrastructure…
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News, The Snitch Will BART Spend Big Bucks To Change Station's Name?

Will BART Spend Big Bucks To Change Station's Name?

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…
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News, The Snitch Oakland Airport Connector Project Wins Funding

Oakland Airport Connector Project Wins Funding

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 project.…
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News, The Snitch BART Riders Not Thrilled With Bogus Fare Reduction

BART Riders Not Thrilled With Bogus Fare Reduction

Those 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.…
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News, The Snitch How Does BART Manage to Spend $15,000 Per Car on 'Deep Cleaning'?

How Does BART Manage to Spend $15,000 Per Car on 'Deep Cleaning'?

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"…
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News, The Snitch BART has 'Stockholm Syndrome,' Board Member Says

BART has 'Stockholm Syndrome,' Board Member Says

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…
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News, Sucka Free City If BART reopens its public restrooms, then the terrorists win

If BART reopens its public restrooms, then the terrorists win

Following the Moscow subway bombing last week, BART was on high alert. Police patrolled the system with bomb-sniffing German shepherd dogs, and some bathrooms were closed to the public. Of course, the bathroom closures were nothing new. BART first put…
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News, The Snitch BART Still Pondering Why Virtually New Coupling Device Fell Apart

BART Still Pondering Why Virtually New Coupling Device Fell Apart

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:…
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News, The Snitch BART Board Member Describes BART as 'Pyramid Scheme'

BART Board Member Describes BART as 'Pyramid Scheme'

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…
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News, The Snitch Chiu: MTA Board Is Pointless -- And Supes Will Not Approve Muni Fare Hikes

Chiu: MTA Board Is Pointless -- And Supes Will Not Approve Muni Fare Hikes

With the Municipal Transportation Agency today rolling out a plan to enact yet more service cuts and fare hikes, a frustrated Supervisor David Chiu questioned the rationale of even having an MTA Board and said that any plans for fare…
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News, The Snitch Board Members Predict Even Feds' Threats Can't Derail Oakland Airport Connector

Board Members Predict Even Feds' Threats Can't Derail Oakland Airport Connector

What will it take to derail BART's half-billion dollar 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…
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News, The Snitch Transit Advocates Wait For MTA Board to Knuckle Under to Mayor

Transit Advocates Wait For MTA Board to Knuckle Under to Mayor

When 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…
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News, The Snitch BART Contract With Controversial Builder May Result in Loss of $800K in State Funds

BART Contract With Controversial Builder May Result in Loss of $800K in State Funds

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,…
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News, Sucka Free City Subway Daze

Subway Daze

There's more trouble on the tracks for the city's proposed $1.3 billion Central Subway project. BART officials are hopping mad because San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (MTA) engineers appear not to have considered groundwater damage and potential safety hazards to…
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News, Bay View Taking Back the Plaza

Taking Back the Plaza

Luis Pardo has lived in the Mission District long enough to know that talk of cleaning up the infamous 16th Street BART plazas, long synonymous with transients, drug dealers, and prostitutes, is usually just that. Over time, Pardo and his…
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No More Free Ride?

On a teeth-chatteringly cold morning, acres of parking lots at the Dublin-Pleasanton Bay Area Rapid Transit station are filled with cars glistening from a thin coating of ice. The only conspicuously open spaces are close to the station, those reserved…
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