Even with its spanking new, poop-free, antiseptic vinyl seating, BART can't seem to shake its unsavory reputation.
Nor did this morning's Twitter announcement -- from an SFBARTAlerts feed with an official logo, but a suspicious 132 followers -- that Dublin and Pittsburg-bound trains faced 30 minute delays in Daly City, owing to "gratuitous anal contact."
30 min delay at DALY in PITT and DUBL dirs due to gratuitous anal contact.— SFBARTalerts (@SFBARTalerts) March 11, 2014
Your BART commute home this evening might not be any better than your commute to work this morning. BART is reporting up to 15-minute delays in the East Bay due to "police activity."
Trains are recovering from an earlier incident in downtown Oakland; trains have not been stopping at the 12th Street Station where the police activity occurred. BART has not yet disclosed the details of the incident.More »
Update 7:45 a.m.: BART is now reporting that service is restored between Hayward and Fremont in the Fremont, Richmond and Daly City directions. However, you should expect miserable delays.
Flickr/Steve Rhodes Turn around
Original story 6:52 a.m.: Commuters in the far East Bay trying to get to San Francisco this morning will have to find a way to work other than BART.
According to BART, all trains south of Hayward were taken out of service after a death on the tracks last night.
If you are a regular BART rider, then you definitely have taken notice of how increasingly painful it is to find some spare elbow room on the trains. So that's not really news.
BART BART passengers taking up space
But what is news is that BART cares about how damn uncomfortable and panicky you are feeling these days on your commute. Today, the transit agency released this how-to-survive-a-crowded-BART-train video with some incredibly intuitive advice (demonstrations included) aimed to teach commuters how to give each other a little breathing room.
Here goes:More »
An unidentified person was seen on the BART tracks near the Powell Street station this morning, forcing trains to come to a screeching halt, according to press reports. The trains were stopped while authorities searched the tracks for the rogue passenger.More »
Yesterday, a video made the rounds in the media showing a BART cop tasing a passenger several times while on a Millbrae-bound train last month. While passengers -- and some readers -- were appalled by the officer's use of force, Police Chief Kenton Rainey was not so alarmed.
In response to the video, Chief Rainey told reporters that, although the officer in question is fairly new to the force, he acted appropriately.
On Jan. 29, a passenger called BART police to report a drunk man harassing commuters aboard a train in San Bruno. When an officer arrived, he sternly asked the suspect, later identified as Robert Asberry, to get off the train.
When he refused, the cop Tased him.More »
It's true that you never know what you will see, smell, or hear once you step onto a BART train. But what you do know is that, more often than not, those sights, sounds, and -- especially -- scents originate from your eclectic fellow passengers.
Flickr/juicyrai BART commuters looking depressed as they stand behind the yellow line
But that all changed last night when I hopped a Millbrae-bound BART train during rush hour, and was greeted by the train operator's macabre soliloquy.More »
Today, law enforcement from across the Bay Area will attend the funeral of Sgt. Tommy Smith, the BART cop who was accidentally shot to death by a fellow officer last week.
There will still be plenty of cops today
And while you can count on a large number of BART cops and employees being absent from the office to attend the 10 a.m. services, that's not to say the transit agency will be left unmanned.
BART says it has deployed cops from outside agencies to help patrol the stations and trains over the next 24 hours.More »
BART Police Chief Kenton Rainey spoke before reporters this morning, offering some insight about Sgt. Tom Smith, who was killed by another officer yesterday afternoon while conducting a routine probation search.
Sgt. Tommy Smith
Smith was with seven other officers, two who were uniformed and the rest in plainclothes, when another BART police officer accidentally shot him. Although Smith and all the other officers on the scene were wearing bullet-proof vests, Smith died at a hospital in Castro Valley.
He is survived by his wife Kellie -- also a BART cop -- and his 6-year-old daughter.
Reporters peppered the chief with burning questions, trying to piece together how one officer shot and killed another. However, Rainey remained tight-lipped about the investigation, punting most questions to the Alameda County Sheriff's Department, which is leading the investigation into the apparent accidental shooting.More »