Don’t be this guy. Ever.

It’s really too bad that BART nixed its whole “Who’s the biggest asshole on BART” contest, or whatever it was, because this guy could be a contender.

He was on a super-crowded SFO Airport-bound train, not only hogging both halves of the disabled seat but pretending to be asleep so nobody could oust him. How do I know he was pretending? He did finally relinquish half the seat when a woman asked him to, and she didn’t have to wake him up to get the job done.

Seriously, people. If you sit down in one of these seats, and you are not disabled, elderly, pregnant, etc., it is not yours to keep. It’s your responsibility to keep an eye out for the folks who DO need these seats, and to make sure you give it up if someone needier boards the train. In fact, it’s against the law NOT to.

Looks like I’m not the only one peeved about this.

— Beth W.

* originally posted 2.4.09 at Muni Diaries.

It’s 5:45 A.M. at El Cerrito (w/update)

crowded BART train
Photo by Flickr user susan magnolia

Update (7:52 a.m.): The Bay Bridge is open to car traffic, according to CBS 5.

Original post: This just in from Mac, who doesn’t seem to think this unexpected day of no Bay Bridge has started off too well.

It’s 5.45am, and the platform at El Cerrito plaza is unusually busy. I hopped the first sf train (8 cars), and there are 4 open seats after I sit, and we’re not even in berk yet. Bart announced that despite the bridge remaining closed for un unexpected extra day, it won’t be running extra trains today. The bridge carries 250,000 cars per day. BART’s suggestion to commuters on KRON news last night was to telecommute (aka ‘snow day’). Newsflash to Bart: People don’t commute in for jollies, they commute because they have to. And today looks to be especially unpleasant.

Let us know how your commute is going today:

Cameras, plugs and actually correct engineering choices

Photo by Devin

Several months back, BART replaced all the cameras in Embarcadero station. I have no idea why — there were tons of cameras in that station already. “Replaced” isn’t the right word, of course, because they didn’t remove the old ones, just installed dozens more, often pointing at the same things. At a guess, the new ones don’t work yet and they won’t remove the old ones until that’s corrected. Or, knowing BART’s ability to do technological upgrades, the new ones will never work properly, so they’ll all stay up, gathering dust and grime and preventing no crime or disorder at all. At a wild guess, the only reasons Embarcadero is so richly endowed with cameras are (a) it’s full of tourists getting their pockets picked, and (b) part of the station is underneath the Federal Reserve Bank, engendering a sort of mutually reinforcing bureaucratic paranoia.

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