Colman: A TRANSPORTATION HORROR

Want to witness a crime?  Ride the BART.  Need to get a disease?  Ride the BART?  Want to lose a ton of money by spending MORE on fewer riders?  That is the BART.  This is a system that is the cause of the spread of a deadly virus.  Will people come back and use it?  In fact, due to the virus you will see an exodus of people from the Silicon Valley/Bay Area to other States.  This is another dead government agency.

 (1) CRIME:  BART is dangerous.  In Lafayette, two passengers were stabbed while standing on the platform, waiting for a train.  In Oakland, 40 to 60 marauding youths entered a train and started robbing and beating passengers.  By the time the police arrived, the hoodlums were gone.

(5) STRIKES:  In 2013, BART workers went on strike twice.  In 1937, President Franklin D. Roosevelt said public employee strikes are not acceptable.  Why are BART workers allowed to strike?

(6) GATE-JUMPING:  In recent years, there has been an epidemic of people jumping over BART gates and getting free rides.

(7) NO SEATS:  When boarding a BART train, there are often no seats, especially during rush hour.  Thus a passenger boarding a train going from Lafayette to San Francisco may have to stand for the entire journey.”

This is a system that will collapse months after people go back to work—due to lack of riders.  Will Sacramento and Washington bail them out to protect the unions?  I expect that to happen.

A TRANSPORTATION HORROR

By Richard Colman, Exclusive to the California Political News and Views,  5/27/20 

BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit) is a horror story. 

BART serves — or is supposed to serve — passengers in the San Francisco Bay Area.

 BART is supposed to be government-run example of the best of socialism.

 BART provides fixed-rail transportation that is both above ground and below ground.

 When promoted in the 1960’s, BART promised to take riders swiftly and cheaply to their destinations.  For example, BART was supposed to whisk passengers, in about 20 minutes, from Lafayette, California, an affluent suburb 20 miles east of San Francisco, to San Francisco itself.

 When BART opened in the early 1970’s, there was enthusiasm for riding BART.  People would buy tickets just to experience a BART ride.

 In the last seven to ten years, BART has become a horror story.  Instead of fast, clean transportation, BART has become crime-ridden and expensive.

 Here are 10 reasons to avoid BART:

 (1) CRIME:  BART is dangerous.  In Lafayette, two passengers were stabbed while standing on the platform, waiting for a train.  In Oakland, 40 to 60 marauding youths entered a train and started robbing and beating passengers.  By the time the police arrived, the hoodlums were gone.

 (2) COST:  BART is too expensive.  Riding BART can cost $69 or for a two-day pass.

 (3) THE SUBSIDY:  BART is supported by taxpayers in several counties such as Contra Costa, Alameda, and San Francisco.  The subsidy involves a one-half percentage point increase in the local county sales tax.

 (4) PARKING:  At many BART stations, there is supposed to be ample parking.  Instead, many BART parking lots on workdays are full by 7:00 A.M.  BART parking used to be free.  Now, a vehicle has to pay a fee to park in a BART lot.

(5) STRIKES:  In 2013, BART workers went on strike twice.  In 1937, President Franklin D. Roosevelt said public employee strikes are not acceptable.  Why are BART workers allowed to strike?

(6) GATE-JUMPING:  In recent years, there has been an epidemic of people jumping over BART gates and getting free rides.

(7) NO SEATS:  When boarding a BART train, there are often no seats, especially during rush hour.  Thus a passenger boarding a train going from Lafayette to San Francisco may have to stand for the entire journey.

(8) RUDE EMPLOYEES:  Sometimes the ticket-dispensing machines at BART stations do not work properly.  After a person pays for his ride and does not get his BART ticket, he has to speak with a BART attendant, who can display a hostile attitude.

(9) OVERPAID EMPLOYEES:  BART workers earn significant amounts of money and work less than 40 hours per week.  In 2015, a BART janitor, whose annual salary was supposed to be $57,000 a year, earned $270,000 annually.

 (10) CLENLINESS:  BART trains can be dirty.  Sometimes passengers have body odor.

 So there you have it:  10 reasons to avoid BART.

 The time has come to demolish BART or make it self-supporting, safe, and part of private enterprise.

 People who need to go somewhere should find an alternative to BART.  Why pay a lot of money for the privilege of ending up beaten, robbed, or dead?

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Comments

  1. Really??? says

    The pinnacle of successful failure!

    There is a sweet spot where anti car groups and politicians can claim success. That is generally the first 4-5 years of a new project. After that the benefits decline and the problems increase. Disease is just one of the issues of public transportation.

    BART is now the Top of the Mountain of Failure.

    Frisco that is imploding on itself is the end destination for riders on this failure.

    Getting the connection?

  2. As a regular BART rider, I can verify what is in this article. But what is missing is the “entertainment’ provided on BART with loud music and gymnastics off the grab bars. What is also missing is the continuous panhandling. What is also missing is the filth. What is also missing is the flagrant violation of the rule of no eating or drinking on the train or in the station. But the workers keep getting raises and the fares keep going up. I suppose it is lucky I am a senior and do not have to pay full fare for the experience.

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