Video: BART efficiency expert Mandy Hu learns to let go

Storyteller Mandy Hu had it down to a science. Not only could she perfectly time walking or running to catch those evening BART trains back to San Francisco. She also had a catalog of other passengers she could reference in order to best navigate the crowds.

Then one night, working late, she was thrown off-schedule by a coworker whose immigrant experience really struck a cord.

Mandy delighted the audience at Muni Diaries Live in April. Watch the video of her story above.

Montgomery Street Station’s Secret Breakroom

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It makes total sense that there would be a break room at the Montgomery Street Station, but who would have imagined how magical it looks!?

Curbed editor Brock Keeling caught a glimpse of the very domestic-looking room. It’s like the wardrobe doors opened and Narnia is a 1980s San Francisco apartment kitchen! The only thing that could make this better is the smell of buttered toast, tea, and boxes of Turkish Delight on the counter.

For another delight from Brock, check out his wonderful sneak peek of the new SFMoMA on Curbed.

Video: 16th Street BART Station Cellist Killing It

Does anyone know this cellist at the 16th Street BART station? I’ve seen him a handful of times and finally got a quick clip this weekend. I also love this quartet at Powell Street station. And for a different flavor, here’s Adrian rocking out at Powell station too.

Thanks, Mr. Cellist, for making our day!

BART seat hogs will be fined up to $500

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Attention, inconsiderate people: BART just voted to fine riders who take up more than one seat during commute hours. BART director Joel Keller proposed the policy, which he says was prompted by seeing a rude young rider on BART.

Here’s how the fines will work, according to the San Francisco Business Times:

The board voted 5 to 4 to enact the measure, which will fine riders who are caught using more than one seat $100 for the first offense, $200 for the second and $500 for repeat offenses. It will be enforced during BART’s peak hours, 6 to 10 a.m. and 3 to 7:30 p.m. on weekdays.

The San Francisco Business Times also says that “the new rule will go into effect once the BART police develop an enforcement policy that is approved by the board,” so it could be a little while before you see the policy in action.

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