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BART Fares & Schedules: What's Changed in Eight Years

Posted on August 18, 2016 at 10:10 PM Comments comments (0)

We have managed to get our hands on a "BART Fares & Schedules" brochure from eight years ago, effective January 1st, 2008. We thought it would be quite interesting to check out how much the BART system has changed over the last eight years. 

BART's brochure syle has changed quite a bit in e...

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AC Go: AC Transit's Most Significant Expansion Plan Rolls Out

Posted on July 5, 2016 at 12:20 AM Comments comments (0)

AC Transit's largest service expansion in years, dubbed AC Go, has launched on June 26, and brings an unprecedented 14% expansion in AC Transit service to East Bay riders. 

The first phase of AC Go includes these many service changes:

Extended Lines:

Line 12: The line has been extended from its current terminal, at 10th & Washington Streets in Downtown Oakland, to Oakland Amtrak. 

Line 57: The line has been extended via 40th...

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BART Delays on May 4 Between MacArthur and 19th Street Stations

Posted on April 29, 2016 at 1:55 PM Comments comments (0)

Mandatory track inspections by the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) will cause 15-20 minute delays between MacArthur and 19th Street stations Wednesday, May 4.

This will affect the Pittsburg/Bay Point - SFO/Millbrae, Richmond - Daly City, and Richmond - Fremont lines. To achieve safety, trains will either be stopped or moving very slowly between the two stations. 

This is a routine inspection by the CPUC, the State of California agency tha...

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MUNI Forward Service Improvements Coming April 23!

Posted on April 22, 2016 at 11:40 AM Comments comments (0)

Ever since MUNI Forward was adopted over a year ago the entire MUNI system has benefited with a series of service improvements. On April 23, the fourth round of MUNI Forward will roll out, and will bring service improvements to over 30 lines, old and new.

Nearly 20 lines will get more frequent service, eight lines will receive longer service hours, two lines will make new connections to BART, and two new Owl routes will be added to the MUNI S...

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BART Voltage Spike Investigation Continues

Posted on April 16, 2016 at 1:00 AM Comments comments (0)

The problem remains a mystery: what caused BART's mysterious voltage spike between N. Concord and Bay Point Stations? 

It's been almost a month since the first voltage spikes occurred, slaughtering "C" cars and taking them out of service. Normal train service has resumed, first with just "A" and "B" cars, but now includes "C" cars once again.

So the problem is gone for now - but BART still has not managed to diagnose the problem. Paul Oversier, As...

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BART to Open Early and Run Longer Trains for Bay to Breakers

Posted on April 13, 2016 at 12:20 AM Comments comments (0)

On May 15, the Bay to Breakers race is returning to San Francisco! The race, which takes place on a Sunday, starts at 8 AM, when BART normally resumes service. 

However, because of the Bay to Breakers race, BART will begin the Sunday morning at 6 AM, with trains still running every 20 minutes. Trains will also be longer than normal.

The race starts at Howard and Spear Streets, which is accessible by both Embarcadero and Montgomery stations. East Bay ri...

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REMINDER: BART Closed Between San Leandro and Bay Fair April 9th - 10th

Posted on April 9, 2016 at 12:55 AM Comments comments (0)

BART will be closed from San Leandro to Bay Fair tomorrow, April 9th and Sunday, April 10th, while crews work on repairs to a decrepit part of the BART system.

There will be a bus bridge in place between the two stations, but riders who use the bus bridge should expect to reach their destination half and hour to an ho...

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MUNI Proposes Rise in Cash Fare Payments

Posted on April 7, 2016 at 11:50 PM Comments comments (0)

MUNI has proposed a 25-cent raise in cash fares, another example of Clipper's increasing dominance in the growing Bay Area.

The surcharge is part of the new SFMTA budget plan adopted last Tuesday. The hope is that boarding times and costs will be slashed by using Clipper and MUNI Mobile, rather than cash.

If approved, the surcharge would come into effect January 1st. The extra 25 cents could raise $3.8 million dollars by the end of 2017. In addition to the ...

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Special Features of the Fleet of the Future

Posted on April 6, 2016 at 9:35 PM Comments comments (0)

You may be wondering how BART's Fleet of the Future will improve on the current aging fleet. To put it in a specific point of view, BART's new cars will be...

  • Cooler - Air conditioning will flow directly to a car's ceilings for more comfort for standees.
  • Quieter - Micro-plug doors will seal out much more noise than the current ear-piercing fleet.
  • Intuitive - Automated announcements are coming (thank goodness), along with digital maps of the BART system s...
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BART's First Train Car Arrives, and is Currently Undergoing Testing

Posted on April 6, 2016 at 12:50 PM Comments comments (0)

Two weeks ago, an oversize-load truck left snowy Philadelphia and headed west with BART's very first Fleet of the Future train car.

The car arrived in Hayward, California and was immediately shoved onto the test tracks. Over the course of this year, more cars will start rolling in, and each car will be vigorously tested.

BART should have its entire new fleet delivered by 2018 or 19, with 775 new cars, a considerable margin compared to BART's current fleet o...

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