Looking into BART’s crystal ball
Photo by Christopher Carfi
Sometimes I think of BART and Muni as siblings. It’s a complicated relationship. One is clearly spoiled, enjoying the easy life while the other gets beat up and mocked on an hourly basis. One gets arcade money while the other gets pantsed. BART lives in the hills, while Muni reconstructs cardboard shanties each night and begs for spare change.
Anyway, SFGate has an article up with the headline, “BART planners begin work on new vision for future.” Yeah, there are people whose job it is to plan for Muni’s future. But the details of what’s in store for BART make Muni seem like a bicycle with wooden wheels.
“Planners are working on a new vision for the future – one that could include express trains, all-night service, new stations along existing lines, trains traveling different routes and extensions to Livermore, Ocean Beach, Brentwood and Crockett.”
BART to Ocean Beach? Helloooooo!!!!! That would beat the hell out of the long slog of an N-Judah ride, amirite?
Read the rest of the story on SFGate. What do you think of the proposals? What would you do if you could plan for BART’s future?
Remember a couple years back when there was talk of putting Bart under Folsom?
Most of these plans would never happen, but putting in more Bart tracks (especially in the city) will always be welcome.
For SF, I would like to see BART run up Geary toward the Richmond, down Sunset or 19th, and eventually meet at Daly City.
BART does not need to go to Ocean Beach, it would be a waste of funds.
It’s like Back to the Future. BART had lots of plans way back in the ’50s and ’60s. If they only followed through.
Hmm… the link didn’t go where I thought it would. Try this:
What’s old is new again: http://www.flickr.com/photos/walkingsf/4007760726/in/set-72157622518181915
If BART ever had lines that could “compete” with the most notoriously congested Muni lines (especially out to the Richmond and Sunset), Muni would be out of business in about 5 minutes.
Yep. I live on the BART line in the city, and 9/10 times I’m headed downtown, I take BART (not the 14 or 49). Almost doesn’t even feel like a choice.