If you blinked, you might’ve missed it—last weekend BART slowly rolled out (get it?) a test model of its new fleet of trains for some of us to “oooh” and “ahhhh” over. SFGate has details on upcoming tests if you didn’t catch this one:
Overnight testing for the train should start in the next two weeks, said Paul Oversier, assistant general manager for BART, with daytime runs starting in December and tests with passengers starting in early 2017.
According to that same SFGate post, some people who did get to ride lodged some complaints:
Regular BART commuters from Pleasant Hill and elsewhere into the East Bay bemoaned the lack of seats available on the new cars. Already, the current cars with four more seats are overcrowded, they said, and standing for an hour commute isn’t exactly comfortable.
Changes from the current fleet include: more standing room, higher ceilings, a more-efficient AC system, three boarding doors per car (versus the current two), and better ways to secure bicycles. BART’s plan is to have 775 new cars by 2021 to try to keep up with an ever-expanding ridership.
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Maps are the best, especially when us regular folks take map-making into our own hands.
Latest example: Jug Cerovic sent us the map you see above. Jug writes:
All rail options are shown + ferries and cross bay buses. Muni
is there of course. The map is schematic but close enough to geography so that you can get a feeling of scale and distances.
Check out Jug’s site for more info on how the map was made.
This map is so thorough, right? I’m sure some of you will find discrepancies or have suggested edits. If so, have at it.
Otherwise, join me in admiring Jug’s handiwork. Bravo!
Previously on Muni Diaries
Interactive map shows where SF’s streetcars used to go
Check out this visionary Muni Metro map
New map plots hotels to BART stations for transit-minded visitors
Mario BART Map Is Hella Tight
It’s also pew pew and Minority Report, don’t you think?
Illuminate is an upcoming transit-oriented art installation by George Zisiadis and Stefano Corazza. It looks and sounds pretty cool: Starting in 2017, LED lights blinking overhead on Market Street will correspond to the movement of BART and Muni Metro trains underground, according to a Business Insider report.
To ask the obvious “joke not-really-a-joke, for real though…” questions: Is it just a stack of different, stationary colors at 6 p.m. rush hour? Does it go backward when the trains are late? ’cause that would not be the future I ordered.
All half-jokes aside, our transit makes a lovely muse for public art — intentional or not. Verdict: Neato, provided it’s not powered by a frighteningly sentient MCP.
Someone with crafty tiny scissors and some stickers amended this BART priority seating sign for a new batch of under-served groups. Eagle-eye BART rider Deirdre O. spotted this gem and points out, “the guy with the cane has a top hat, and the pregnant person has an alien bursting from her belly. You can’t see it well in the photo, but the alien has dozens of tiny sharp teeth.”
We approve of this leap of imagination!
Other signs in our hacker hall of fame:
Muni roof “emerge” sign
Move to the back, or to this best neighborhood in town
Station agent’s new posture
Fun is not allowed on BART!
Given the often-sluggishness of a BART commute, I’m not so sure that these birds chose the best route.
We found this on Reddit, and you should totally go there now and read the comments.
Previously on Muni Diaries, a Christmas experience that turned out not-so-good for a pigeon.
h/t Reddit user axearm
Redditer @neptuneful saw this throwback cry for help at Powell Station the other day. “Windows has computer.” Hmm. But can the computer has Windows?
Another Redditer swears to have heard the Windows boot-up sound play over the speakers at Montgomery BART once upon a time.
Other commuters found a bone to pick: the kind of ’80s font on the new signage. At least that’s easier to read (and decipher) than “Windows has computer”?