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BART Signs Currently Suck, But Improvements Are on the Way

Posted on January 30, 2016 at 6:25 PM Comments comments (0)

"Wait, where's the exit," or, "Wait, where's the drop-off zone?" Are common questions for BART's riders, and it's certainly not their faults. BART has historically had awful signs that don't clearly point to the daily rider where to go.


However, this is changing, finally, in the next couple of years. It's already begun in several places, where BART has been installing new entrances, signs and information displays (below) around the system.


BART has also gotten to work installing real-time departure screens at entrances to stations - a hugely popular phenomenon. 

The BART Board of Directors approved a contract on January 28th to jump start the third phase of wayfinding projects at Lake Merritt, Coliseum, San Leandro, Bay Fair, Hayward, South Hayward, 19th Street/Oakland, West Oakland, 16th Street/Mission, and 24th Street/Mission stations.


Construction is expected to begin in May 2016, and should conclude by the end of 2017. Finally, after 45 years, BART is actually receiving the proper signage it deserves.


For more info, go to www.bart.gov.

Oakland Airport Connector Goes Down For the 3rd Time Since Opening

Posted on January 24, 2016 at 11:55 PM Comments comments (0)

Just minutes ago, the Oakland Airport Connector achieved something quite rare: Being delayed. In fact, the Connector completely shut down for about five minutes tonight, January 24th.


At the same time of the shutdown, an equipment problem near West Oakland was underway, which we attribute to the temporary shutdown of the Connector.


This is the third time the Airport Connector has gone down since its grand opening on November 22nd, 2014. The service between Coliseum BART and Oakland International Airport has an on-line performance of over 99%, much higher than the rest of the BART system.

Increase of BART Parking Fees at Three Stations Feb. 1st

Posted on January 24, 2016 at 12:25 AM Comments comments (0)

There will be a BART parking fare increase at three of BART's 45 stations beginning February 1st at Hayward, Richmond and West Oakland (surprise, surprise) stations.


Hayward will now cost $2.00, Richmond will cost $2.50, and West Oakland will cost a whopping $8.00, far too much if you ask us.


BART has a system of raising or lowering parking fees - If the lot is more than 95% full over the course of six months, the parking fare will increase by 50 cents, and if the lot is less that 95% full, the fee will drop by 50 cents.


Keep in mind that Single Day, Monthly and Airport/Long-Term reserved parking permit prices will also increase with a parking fare rise.


Clipper, like with everything else, is the easiest way to pay for your parking fare. To order a Clipper card, click on https://www.clippercard.com/ClipperWeb/getTranslink.do.


For more details about BART's parking raise, go to www.bart.gov.

BART to Actually Replace Fake "Decoy" Cameras After West Oakland Shooting

Posted on January 24, 2016 at 12:15 AM Comments comments (0)

After the fatal West Oakland shooting on an SF-bound BART train on January 9th, there was no video surveillance onboard the train. Why? 


If you every look up from your phone on BART, you'll be staring into a constant-flashing red light next to a supposedly legit security camera. No one in their right mind would suspect these were decoy cameras; we didn't suspect anything either.


But the West Oakland shooting invoked BART to confess the real truth: almost all of these security cameras are decoys, and don't capture any video whatsoever.


So BART has decided to do the obvious: replace all the fake cameras with real ones. All of BART's Fleet of the Future cars, coming in 2016, will have real security cameras, while BART's old fleet will be retrofitted with cameras until they are taken out of service completely.


For more details, visit www.bart.gov.

REMINDER: BART Fares Rise Today

Posted on January 1, 2016 at 3:55 AM Comments comments (1)

2016 has just begun - bringing the annual-ish rising of BART fares, followed by the usual complaints/acceptance of various interviewed BART riders.


But yes, BART fares have risen 3.4% (about 15 cents) since the start of 2016 to help fund major capital projects, which include the Hayward Maintenance Complex, the Fleet of the Future, and the modernization of BART's automatic train control system.


To read more information about BART's fare increase, skim our previous posts here and here. Happy commuting in 2016!

BART Will Run Until 3 AM on New Year's Eve

Posted on December 14, 2015 at 7:25 PM Comments comments (0)

On New Year's Eve, BART will become a little bit closer to a system resembling the New York City Subway, which operates 24-hour service 7 days a week. 


There are thousands of people that travel to San Francisco on New Year's Eve for festivities, including the fireworks show. For all those people, BART will still be in operation to happily take all the drunks home until 3 AM. Trains will still run every 20 minutes.


Here's a little crowded-train survival guide to help you maneuver the BART system late at night:


There will be extra trains standing by in San Francisco after the fireworks show. The next day, on January 1st, 2016, BART will run a Holiday/Sunday schedule, with service starting at 8 AM.


For more details, visit www.bart.gov.

BART to Finally Replace Old Destination Signs!

Posted on December 14, 2015 at 7:05 PM Comments comments (0)

BART's destination signs are growing old - they were last replaced in 2000. And so far, if you want to visit the new signs, there is only one station and one sign to visit - at Civic Center. But eventually, this brighter, larger sign will pop up around the BART System.


Old sign

New Sign, with brighter colors & a larger display

 

BART's new signs are 38% higher-resolution compared to the old signs, with a higher contrast and an orange/red text that's easier to read. The new signs are larger & easier on the eyes compared to the old signs.

 

 The first of the new signs will be installed at the four Market Street locations - Civic Center, Powell, Montgomery, and Embarcadero, as well as one other station not yet disclosed, in the near future. 


If you're like us, you're most likely annoyed when you look up from your phone on the platform to check the arrival time of your train, and you see a BART elevator update scrolling instead. So you wait for another 30 seconds until the arrival times finally pop up on the screen.


Thankfully, these new signs flash train arrival times much more - every other message, in fact. This has also been programmed into the old signs, but their long-lived life is coming to an end soon.


The new signs will be used on BART's future extensions as well, including the Warm Springs & Silicon Valley Projects, as well as eBART to Antioch.


For more information, go to www.bart.gov..

Reminder: BART Fare Increase Next Year, January 1st

Posted on December 7, 2015 at 5:50 PM Comments comments (0)

If you haven't heard already, BART fares will be increasing fares systemwide by 3.4% on January 1st, 2016. For example, a trip from Daly City to Civic Center, which now costs $3.15, will cost $3.25 next year. Between SFIA and Walnut Creek, which now costs $10.40, will cost $10.75.


BART has steadily raised fares since 2003 in an attempt to better fund future capital projects, which now include the Fleet of the Future, the modernizing of the Hayward Maintenance Complex, and a new automated train control system.


A BART fare increase is never welcomed. It is despised by thousands of commuters every day. However, relief is on the way. And if every rider of BART can wait one more year, we can guarantee the situation of BART will get better.

BART Delays From Union City to Fremont for Repairs

Posted on December 2, 2015 at 6:25 PM Comments comments (0)

Workers will be repairing urgent electrical equipment on BART between Union City and Fremont Stations Friday & Saturday night, from 10:00 PM to 7:30 AM (Friday), and 10:00 PM to 9:00 AM (Saturday).


Riders can expect delays of 20 to 40 minutes while work is being done, since trains will be single-tracking through the area. If there is rain the weekend, work may have to resume briefly next weekend.


For more info, visit www.bart.gov.

BART Sunday Schedule on Thanksgiving Day

Posted on November 25, 2015 at 12:30 AM Comments comments (0)

BART will be running a normal Sunday schedule on Thursday, November 26th, with every-20-minute service. For more info, go to www.bart.gov.