BART Escalators: Broken and Filled With Trash

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Used to be we were okay with BART escalators being covered in pee and poo. Then, funny thing happened: We found out that that was the case. BART found out we found out, and decided to do something about it. Sort of.

What has ensued is what feels like centuries (literally!) of broken BART escalators all over the Bay Area.

BART rider and friend of Muni Diaries @TheRealWBTC noticed recently that at least one out-of-service escalator at Powell Street Station has, um, started to fill up with a different kind of waste (above, from below, and above from below).

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My question for BART: What exactly is going on here?

That time Richard Nixon rode BART

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For whatever reason, and despite the choreographed nature of it, we like when celebrities and politicians (same same?) do the things us normal folks do.

Case in point: That one time in 1972 when President Richard Nixon (a former California senator, you’ll remember) rode the spiffy, shiny, new BART. Muni Diaries Live veteran Peter Hartlaub wrote about Nixon’s visit to the Bay Area recently for the SF Chronicle:

Photos and words from The Chronicle archive show the president, often with his eyes wide and mouth agape, in wonder at all the tech surrounding him.

“You know, it does look like NASA,” said Nixon, as he peered at the electrified route displays in the BART control room.

Nixon arrived in the Bay Area with a surprise $38.1 million in bonus funding for BART, then hopped on a train at San Leandro Station, taking a nine-minute trip to Lake Merritt for a tour of the BART control center.

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Video: Go inside BART’s new trains

Taking a break from BART’s woes of late, some insiders recently got a first taste of the trains set to go online beginning this fall. I found this video on Muni Diaries Live veteran Kelly Beardsley‘s Facebook. I thought you might want to see it, too.

h/t Mark Ambus

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