BART issues new courtesy posters, offers etiquette lessons for trains


Because people sometimes often need advice on how to act like decent human beings, BART has issued new courtesy posters and a “crowded car survival guide” video aimed at teaching riders how to act on its trains. The poster and video tackle the often griped about backpack problem, how to let people off before you board, as well as no-brainers like giving your seat to pregnant, elderly, and disabled riders. Noticeably absent is the controversial topic of manspreading. BART just didn’t want to go there, we can only guess.

New map plots hotels to BART stations for transit-minded visitors

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A new map plots hotels by price next to BART stations to help out-of-towners take advantage of our oh-so-colorful public transit system during their visit. The creator of the map, Jeff Howard, says that it isn’t so easy to find out all the information you need near a public transit system, so he’s created a few of these maps for some metropolitan cities for transit-minded travelers. You can peek a larger version of the map on his website.

Howard has also created maps for cities including Hotels Near DC metro, NJ Hotels Near NYC, and Hotels Outside Boston. So now you know where to stay should your travels take you to DC, New York, Boston or Dublin … California.

P.S. For a fantasy trip, we recommend that Mario Kart’s Rainbow Road BART map. Power up.

Another measles scare for BART riders


Just what we all needed to hear: People are still contracting measles and still spreading it on public transit in the Bay Area.

The latest possible contagion, reported this afternoon on SFGate, involves a Peninsula passenger who rode BART from Millbrae to SF last week. According to SFGate:

“The exposure is the second time this month that a person with measles rode BART, prompting a campaign to alert riders to possible exposure. In the most recent case, the individual got on a Richmond-bound train at the Millbrae Station at about 4:30 p.m. on Feb. 20 and got off at the Civic Center Station about 5 p.m.”

Two weeks ago, we told you about the first measles scare for BART riders, as well as some choice rider responses. What do you guys have for us this time?

Read the whole story on SFGate.

Photo by Daniel Parks

Josh Ellingson returns with new BART illustrations


Rad artist and all-around-good-guy Josh Ellingson was recently contracted to do new illustrations that will be featured inside BART trains.

“The campaign is called “Thank You BART Riders,” and it spotlights a different station and highlights its uniqueness in the system. If you’re in the Bay Area, you should start seeing these aboard the trains sometime in early Spring.”


In 2010, Josh’s illustrations showed up in BART stations as part of the “First Ride” series.

See the other illustrations in the new series over at Josh’s website. And follow Josh on Facebook and Twitter.

On the go this Ash Wednesday? Priests at Millbrae Station have got your back


Some days, it’s hard enough just to get to work on time wearing clean clothes. Apparently well aware of that reality, two priests from a Burlingame church were on hand at the Millbrae BART station this morning dispensing “ashes to go” to commuters for the first day of Lent. Pretty clever, we think.

Wait, they’re not asking believers to give up BART, are they? no. can. do.

h/t First Presbyterian Church of Burlingame