SFGate’s 10 types of BART driver: Can you name more?


If you’ve taken BART 10 different times, you’ve probably already won BART Driver Bingo. Today on SFGate, 10 different types of BART operator are exposed. Here’s a sample:

  1. THE PUBLIC SHAMER We all saw the commuter jam onto the train with her bike. There’s no need to go on a minute-long rant about the woman in the third car who almost took the train out of service for everyone else. We got it. She got it. Please let us ride the train without tension lingering in the air.
  2. THE PLACATER “If you’re trying to squish onto this train, there’s another SFO train directly behind this one.” No, driver. That train is 10 minutes away. That is not “directly behind,” and it will be even more full than this one. Stop trying to trick us!
  3. THE MUMBLER Uh oh, the train has stopped in the Transbay Tube. Better take out your headphones and listen to the announcement. Ah yes, it sounds like we’re experiencing hisssss hissss train shhhh delay. Did anyone catch that? No? Hopefully it’s not a real problem…

To read the full list, visit SFGate: The 10 types of drivers you get on BART.

One type that I would add: THE ALMOST-BUT-NOT-QUITE-ER You know the one—can’t quite get the train to line up with those black squares on the platform. Takes way too long to open the doors after pulling into the station.

If you’ve got any archetypal BART operators not yet named, share with the group!

Photo by Adam McLane

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