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BART dresses join rich collection of Bay Area wearable transit

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It’s hard to imagine wanting anything BART touching your bare skin. But these dresses—one made with BART tickets, the other inspired by a station map—are amazing. (Spotted in the window of Piedmont Fabric in Oakland.)

This Bay Area transit-inspired fashion isn’t a one-off, either. Check out this rad Muni maps dress and this corgi dressed like a BART train.

These Clipper Card and Fast Pass Halloween costumes (who are those dorks, anyway?!) don’t involve nearly as much fashion-design know-how or, um, style, but we enjoy them all the same.

h/t Claire Little

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

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Photo of BART lab via NextCity.org

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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Photo by Shawn Clover

  • 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)