Can’t touch this: A germaphobe’s take on buying BART tickets

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BART’s old cloth seats may have been generally regarded as revolting, but its ticket machines aren’t so bad, at least according to one self-proclaimed germaphobe.

In an article for the website Next City, author Aaron Reiss pits New York Subway ticket machines against BART’s, declaring the Bay Area transit agency the winner from an anti-microbial standpoint for how few times you have to touch or otherwise interact with the machines to add money or buy a new card. While adding $3 to a BART card took three steps, for example, doing the same on a New York MTA machine took 11 steps and required navigating a series of touch screens.

The article is an interesting read, even for those not adverse to touching things in public. It features photos from inside the BART lab where turnstiles and other equipment is tested, and other BART background. The inspiration for BART’s machines? An ATM. Who knew?

Read the full post on Next City here.

Transit News: More bikes on Caltrain, more Muni LRVs, a second Transbay Tube

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  • Coming to Caltrain: Longer Trains With More Room for Bikes (Streetsblog SF)
  • Mayor Lee Announces Expansion Of New Muni Light-Rail Fleet (SF Appeal)
  • Man stabbed on Muni bus near West Portal Station (ABC 7)
  • State urged to decriminalize youth fare evaders (SF Bay)
  • Muni considers free rides for seniors, disabled (SF Bay)
  • Mayor Lee gets on board with proposal for 2nd BART tube (SFGate)

BART Stations Reopen After Protest Closure

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BART stations have reopened after intermittently closing this morning as protesters swarmed Montgomery, Embarcadero, and Powell stations. According to the BART’s official Twitter feed, all trains are operating with five to 15-minute delays as of 9:59 a.m. today. SFGate reports that protests started around 7 a.m. at Montgomery Station. Protesters banged spoons against stopped BART trains, and moved from station to station. More from SFGate:

BART police officers made at least two arrests. A woman was arrested for standing in a train doorway at Montgomery, and a man was arrested there after striking a train with a metal spoon to make noise.
Activists said they wanted to shut down the stations to call attention to what they believe is the unfair prosecution of 14 protesters who have been charged by Alameda County prosecutors for allegedly halting BART service by chaining themselves to trains and each other at the West Oakland station.

Were you on the scene and what did you think of the protest (and the spoons)? Tweet us @bartdiaries.

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