BART’s street-level escalators, exposed to the elements and the peculiar bathroom habits of some San Francisco citizens, could finally benefit from a little protection.
The transit agency is developing a canopy prototype for its escalators, a device that would shield the moving stairs from the wind and rain while also keeping people away from the structures during
off-service hours. Read More
For years, BART’s train interiors have been bywords for dirt, grease and other filthy things most people would prefer not to know about.
However, the agency is finally starting to make strides in its never-ending battle against grime. During the most recent quarter of this fiscal year, BART actually met its goals for train interior cleanliness — the first time in the 15-plus years of its reporting that the agency has achieved that mark. Read More
BART is one of the only transit agencies anywhere across the nation that ended its fiscal year with a budget surplus. This is a sign that the management and board that oversees it is working well to keep the trains on the track. Read More
Two incumbents with lengthy tenures will face a group of challengers for the right to represent San Francisco residents on BART’s board of directors in November’s election. Read More
The proliferation of private workplace shuttles, which take thousands of cars off the road but often conflict with Muni vehicles, is getting the serious attention of city officials, who hope to regulate the services within the coming months. Read More
Future confrontations between BART police officers and hostile citizens could soon be captured live on video — and later posted online for the world to see.The transit agency’s police force, which has been involved in two officer-related shooting deaths in the past three years, recently purchased 160 new minicameras that can be affixed to sunglasses and record two hours of activity. Read More
Billboards on BART property could generate up to $10 million a year for the agency, but it’s unknown where the massive advertising signs would be allowed in the region.The advertising firm Allvision has approached BART about adding billboards to the agency’s right-of-way property, which includes areas along highways, maintenance yards, and transit stations. Read More
John McPartland, a former battalion chief with the Oakland Fire Department, has been named the new president of BART’s board of directors.McPartland was elected to the BART board in 2008, representing District 5 in Alameda County. He has served as the board’s vice president since 2010 and will now act as the body’s president after being unanimously voted in by his colleagues Thursday. Read More
More than one month after BART spokesman Linton Johnson went on personal leave following internal and external criticism of his actions, he isn’t yet back on the job and agency officials will not discuss his possible return.
Members of the Web activist collective Anonymous targeted Johnson for apparently advocating the disruption of BART cellphone service to quell a planned protest of the agency’s July 3 shooting of 45-year-old Charles Hill. Read More
BART will begin holding public meetings next month to discuss upcoming changes to its 9 political districts.BART is one of the few transit agencies in the country to have a publicly elected board of directors, each of whom represents a specific district in the Bay Area. Three of those members — Tom Radulovich, James Fang and Lynette Sweet — represent portions of San Francisco. Read More