BART

Dog in a box on BART is all, ‘What sickout?’

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This ridiculous cuteness in a little green dress comes to us from BART rider Amy. She says this sharp-dressed ma’am didn’t seem like a new acquisition, but, as our hearts melt:

You could tell he was very proud of the dog and [that] it was special by the way he pet it.

BART is totally trying to be my new boyfriend. Muni and I aren’t talking right now.

Video: Dancers invade BART train

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BART rider Jessica W. took the train to her meetings yesterday and happened upon a really great surprise.

As my reward for taking BART I got a live dance performance on the trip back. Nothing unites a train full of people like some Michael Jackson music and moves. Thanks to these talented boys; keep dancing! impressive moves and were full of good energy. As someone who rarely takes BART it totally made my day.

We’re pretty sure that these guys are a group called Bay Area Street Dancers. Here’s a video of the dancers and their double-jointed, amazing moves that a different rider recorded earlier in the year.

And another one to Bruno Mars:

Video: Drama over the BART Intercom

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Photo by Kevin Wong/Right Angle Images

BART operator Kelly Beardsley lets us in on one little secret about driving BART: passengers love pressing the intercom button to complain about annoyances big and small, or even to just chat with him for no reason at all. At the last Muni Diaries Live show, Kelly recounts the shenanigans over the intercom on one eventful BART ride.

I love intercom calls, they always crack me up. You know on BART at the end there’s that little box that says, In Case of Emergency, Call the Operator?” Sometimes people just push it and just chatting me up. Like, “Hey, I noticed you just made another transfer announcement at Lake Merritt Station. I don’t usually hear transfer announcements at Lake Merritt Station for the Dublin-Pleasanton bound passengers. Are you going to make a transfer announcement at Bay Fair?” And i’m just like, “Oh I like to mix it up! I like to make sure people get to where they need to go!” And the guy’s like, “Oh that’s really cool, man, so what other places do you make transfer announcements?”

We get stupid calls, we get fun calls, and we get complaint calls like, “Hey! Hey! There’s this girl and she’s got a bike and she’s eating a burrito and she’s in the handicapped seat!”

On one mellow Sunday, Kelly gets an intercom call at Fruitvale station about two guys screaming at each other “about to fuck each other up!” He calls it into Central, but the intercom caller wasn’t finished.

“I’m looking out the window and I see that no one’s fighting and thought, maybe they worked it out! So I get going and a minute outside of Fruitvale and I get another call. It’s the same guy but now with other people too. “Hey man! You better get someone!” I hear screaming in the background and I’m like, “Has it escalated?” And the guy goes, “This motherfucker’s got a bike! He’s got a bike raised over his head!”

Watch the rest of the video to hear what happened!

People behaving badly on BART

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BART rider Nick enjoyed a greatest hits of bad behavior recently. Here are the goodies, with captions from his point of view.

1. (above) “Gee, you’re precious, but it’s the last fucking train to the East Bay on a Giants game night.”

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2. “I work too hard all day to put my little-ass bag on my lap so an old lady can sit.”

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3. “Wow, I miraculously woke up to transfer to the Richmond line, but I’m still an inconsiderate asshole.”

Check Out BART’s New Train Cars at Justin Herman Plaza Today

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photo by @ashleybsnyder

BART’s new train cars are on display today at Justin Herman Plaza from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. You can swing by to take a look at the new design, which is slated to go into service in 2017, according to the SF Appeal. Take a virtual tour yourself in this video captured by Oakland Tribune’s @Tyska.

BART says that the new train cars have a couple of new features:

Quieter: “micro-plug” doors will help seal out noise
Cooler: cooling systems will distribute air directly to the ceilings, making it more comfortable for standees on hot days
Comfortable: padded seats will have lumbar support and will be covered with wipeable fabric for ease of cleaning
Easy to use: routes will be color coded like the BART system map, and next stop information will be readily available via automated announcements and digital screens

In another video by @Tyska, people in wheelchair test out the new BART car design.
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BART multi-tasker is seriously connected

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Listening to your iPhone while wearing Google Glass … because you can never have too much technology attached to your head at one time. In all honesty, though, I was a bit surprised he didn’t smack me. I was drunk and could not shut up about his eyewear.

Hear more BART and Muni hilarity tomorrow night at Muni Diaries Live. We’ve got a BART operator and the brains behind BART Don’t Lie and @bartdiaries, Ed Casey, among others. You can’t miss this show. Advance tickets are limited, so get yours today.