BART to address the worst. sound. ever.


That’s right, that sound that peels paint off the walls and rends your soul from you body when you ride on BART might, might be on its way out.

According to a San Francisco Magazine piece, BART is hoping to address the infamous screeching sound as part of its track replacement this weekend.

The tube is getting new tracks—some were already replaced at the beginning of the month, when BART shut down transbay service for two days—and more will be replaced during a three-day closure over Labor Day weekend.

Replacing the loudest stretches of track in the tube with smooth new rails should make a difference (how much of a difference no one knows for sure, but we hope it will audible after September 7).

SF Magazine compares the sound to “a steel banshee gargling a chainsaw.” That works, but I think of it more as Satan with elongated fingernails of steel scraping a chalkboard that’s attached to your brain. Or something.

In any case, this sounds like good news to me. I expect my nightmares to subside in short order.

Read the full SF Magazine article here.

Photo by Jeremy Brooks


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