A night in the life of BART’s cleaning crew

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You probably have an idea or two about what kind of grossness is on every BART train. It could be as innocuous as ice cream drippings from this over-the-top stoner, or toe jam (sorry!) from this shoeless rider. Or you could be cleaning up after this NSFW hot mess. last week BART interviewed some of the utility workers in a story on what it’s like to clean the trains every night.

BART interviewed Tony Gletty, who trains the utility workers to clean the trains, and Jennie Meixel, utility foreworker:

“When BART had the old carpet flooring, I used to have to get on my hands and knees to scrub spots, and bend in awkward positions.” Gletty reflected. “It’s a lot better now.” Meixel mixes it up to keep workers from strain: “I try to rotate tasks as much as possible,” she said.

Black splotches of gum, flattened into the floor by being stepped on hundreds of times, were like sticky polka dots on the floors of train cars. (Even though the new composite flooring is easier to clean than the old carpeted floors, the last of which were removed in August 2015.) Someone had left a half-drunk Big Gulp beverage on the seats as well, but the workers said that was one of the cleaner cars they typically encounter.

Hats off to these hard-working people. Read more about it here.

Photo credit: BART.gov

BART puts on a surprising light show

A video posted by amanda m (@amandamiyoshi) on

Maybe you’ve been on BART a thousand times, but did you ever notice this sneaky little light show on the platform? Filmed by @amandamiyoshi, the reflection on the metal walls as the train rolls into the station is surprising and delightful.

Got your own Muni or BART moment (like doge riding the train in little tiny boots or a random life-size ice cream sandwich waiting on the platform)? Tag us on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram to submit your own diary!

BART’s Bart Simpson moment

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Local artist Elissa Patel had the brilliant idea to dress up 15 people as Bart Simpson and unleash them all on BART on Tuesday, to the delight of lots of riders. In the photo above by @MonkonJay, the riders looked like it was just another day on BART, but soon enough, everyone was taking photos and videos of the fun, which you can see on SFGate and UpOut.

Here are the Bart Simpsons waiting for their train to arrive. (Photo by @elissapatel).

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Related conflations:
Needlepoint honors BART, Bart
What if your train was literally Bart?
A t-shirt you might like if you like to see Bart on BART

Kid draws his dream of an expanded BART


Hey, we’re only 36 years late on this, what?

30-plus-year BART enthusiast Brian shared his drawing, from around 1980, of what BART would look like if he were god.

Highlights include:

  • Geary Boulevard (!!!)
  • Fairgrounds
  • Santa Clara (for Great America DUH)
  • Port Chicago

Far as I’m concerned, the only thing missing here is a Vallejo stop for Discovery Kingdom (née Marine World).

Bravo, exalted one, bravo!

Can we please have 1970s BART uniforms back right now?

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Things that were better in the ’70s: Star Wars, hair, and … BART uniforms. Check out this amazing photo from BART’s Twitter account (@SFBART). These BART uniforms from the 1970s might be even better than flight attendant uniforms. The bows, the super fly collar, and that fabulous tie. Can we please bring them back?

Want more groovy blast from the past? Check out this 1980s Muni metro birthday party (we even have a video!)

BART cops arrest, punch young black man

Update (10:10 a.m.): A BART spokesperson said in a series of tweets that there had been a report of a possible armed robbery and that a 22-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of resisting arrest and battery on a peace officer. The case has been referred to internal affairs for investigation and apparently there is footage of the incident. At least one of the officers involved was wearing a body camera.

Original post: In the video above and other videos found on the Hunger For Justice SF Facebook page, BART police are seen last night subduing a young black man in handcuffs at the Embarcadero BART station. The officers then punched the young man while he was on the ground in handcuffs.

In response to Friday’s incident, Hunger For Justice SF has planned a protest today at 2 p.m. at Embarcadero Station to demand that SFPD release the young men.

h/t William Fitzgerald

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