Free Republic 2nd Quarter Fundraising Target: $88,000 Receipts & Pledges to-date: $48,602
Woo hoo!! And we're now over 55%!! Thank you all very much for your continuing support!

Keyword: bart

Brevity: Headers | « Text »
  • BART reining in janitor overtime after public fallout [San Francisco/Bay Area subway train]

    04/30/2018 6:53:01 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 39 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | April 29, 2018 | Updated: April 30, 2018 6:00am | Michael Cabanatuan
    As BART’s ridership surged three years ago, along with the number of homeless people lingering inside its downtown San Francisco stations, the transit system doubled down on custodial work — and some of its janitors started cleaning up paywise. One system service worker, BART’s title for janitors, made a little more than $271,000 in 2015, with $162,050 of that in overtime. A year later, two other BART janitors joined him in collecting more than $100,000 in overtime pay in a year. Three years later — after the tale of the high-earning BART janitor became legend and the transit system, and...
  • Drug Users Take Over Corridors Of San Francisco Civic Center BART Station

    04/28/2018 6:42:49 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 35 replies
    SEE BS ^ | 4-26-18 | Wilson Walker
    OAKLAND (KPIX 5) – Members of the BART Board of Directors were shocked on Thursday when they saw video obtained by KPIX 5 that showed intravenous drug users blatantly shooting up in a corridor at Civic Center Station. But despite that visceral reaction, there were still questions as to what authorities with the transit system were going to do to make changes.
  • For Some BART Panhandlers, Begging Is Their Job

    10/07/2017 1:08:08 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 54 replies
    CBS San Francisco ^ | September 25, 2017 | Christin Ayers and Abby Sterling
    If you commute on Bay Area Rapid Transit, you’ve likely seen them – women with babies begging for money. The women are often seen swaying precariously on the rolling BART train, baby strapped to their chests, approaching riders with a cardboard sign, such as: “No job, 4 kids, please help for food.” Then there are also men and women who hand out packets of Kleenex along with almost identical typewritten notes. If you don’t donate, they take the Kleenex and the note back. And so they beg, around the stations, and more uncomfortably, on the trains. Are they really as...
  • After criticism, BART resumes providing riders daily crime log

    07/18/2017 10:39:19 PM PDT · by thecodont · 6 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle / ^ | July 18, 2017 Updated: July 18, 2017 11:30am | By Sarah Ravani
    BART resumed providing the public with daily crime logs Tuesday morning after weeks of criticism over why the agency replaced the updates with an interactive website that gave minimal details of incidents. The move by the Bay Area Rapid Transit system came a day after it released data showing a significant increase in sex crimes on its property over the first six months of the year. Last month, BART replaced the crime log with a website called, which offered scant information on crimes that occurred throughout the system. But on Tuesday, Bevan Dufty, a BART board director, said the...
  • BART directors view squalid reality in Powell Station visit

    07/15/2017 12:10:16 PM PDT · by WilliamIII · 38 replies
    SF Chronicle ^ | July 14, 2017 | Michael Cabanatuan
    Near the end of Thursday’s BART Board of Directors meeting, the transit system’s elected leaders found themselves in the unusual position of staring at something not on the agenda: a fresh puddle of urine. BART directors usually meet twice a month in a clean, quiet, windowless board chamber in Oakland, but this time they took a field trip to Powell Street Station to view its “challenges” — homeless people sleeping in hallways, intravenous drug users, rundown conditions, dirty floors, and elevators and escalators used regularly as restrooms.
  • BART Officials Hide Videos of Black Mob Violence

    07/12/2017 7:50:14 AM PDT · by Hojczyk · 7 replies
    American Thinker ^ | July 12,2017 | Colin Flaherty
    About 70 percent of the people reported were black. Which, according to the East Bay Express, is proof positive the app was racist, because how could anyone imagine black people break the law more than white people or Asian people? Surely anyone who has seen the movie Fruitvale Station, based on the killing of Oscar Grant at a BART station, knows that white cops are always picking on black people for no reason what so ever; and that is also why so many black people are arrested, convicted, sent to prison, released and from prison, and return to prison in...
  • BART Withholding Surveillance Videos Of Crime To Avoid ‘Stereotypes’

    07/11/2017 2:54:34 AM PDT · by Altura Ct. · 56 replies
    CBS ^ | 7/9/2017
    In the last three months, there have been at least three robberies on BART involving groups of teenagers. “I think people are genuinely concerned — they are fearful about the stories that have come out about the recent attacks, the assaults, the thefts,” said Debora Allen, who is a member of the BART Board of Directors. April 22: Forty to sixty kids boarded a train at the Coliseum stop and robbed seven passengers, beating up two; June 28: A group of four kids assaulted a passenger and made off with a cell phone at Dublin; and June 30: A woman...
  • Why Expecting Subway Passengers to Pay Is Racist

    05/22/2017 10:00:20 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony
    Canada Free Press ^ | 05/22/17 | Michael Shannon
    Regardless of whether government tolerates broken windows or broken turnstiles, it always leads to broken heads in the end Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) passengers discovered what happens when government ignores the “Broken Windows” theory of policing in favor of the left’s “Let It All Hang Out” philosophy. “Broken Windows,” introduced by James Wilson and George Kelling, held that a community starts to deteriorate when political leadership de–emphasizes enforcement of “quality of life” ordinances.
  • Reporters Sleep as 60 Black People Rob a BART Train in Oakland

    04/25/2017 11:15:26 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 68 replies
    American ^ | April 25, 2017 | Colin Flaherty
    The "weekend cops" beat is not the most glorious job in journalism, but it is the easiest. All you have to do is check into the newsroom, grab a portable scanner, go to breakfast, visit the cop shop, ask a few questions, check the police blotter, eat lunch, scribble a few paragraphs about a car accident, then meet your fellow scribes for an after-work libation. But you do have to do one thing. Always listen to the police scanner. Every newspaper has its own horror story. The one related to me during my first turn on the cop beat in...
  • BART takeover robbery: 40 to 60 teens swarm train, rob weekend riders

    04/24/2017 4:42:20 PM PDT · by SkyPilot · 145 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 24 Apr 17 | Demian Bulwa and Michael Cabanatuan |
    BART police are beefing up patrols at Oakland stations after dozens of juveniles terrorized riders Saturday night when they invaded the Coliseum Station and commandeered a train car, forcing passengers to hand over bags and cell phones and leaving at least two with head injuries. The incident — the first of its kind in recent memory — occurred around 9:30 p.m. Saturday. Witnesses told police that 40 to 60 juveniles flooded the station, jumped the fare gates and rushed to the second-story train platform. Some of the robbers apparently held open the doors of a Dublin-bound train car while others...
  • BART takeover robbery: 50 to 60 teens swarm train, rob weekend riders

    04/24/2017 11:56:33 AM PDT · by Noumenon · 86 replies
    SF Gate ^ | April 24, 2017 | Demian Bulwa
    A recent string of robberies on BART trains took a frightening turn when dozens of juveniles swarmed an Oakland station over the weekend and commandeered a train car, forcing passengers to hand over bags and cell phones and leaving at least two with head injuries, witnesses told the transit agency. The incident — the first of its kind in recent memory — occurred around 9:30 p.m. Saturday at Coliseum Station. According to a police summary, witnesses said 50 to 60 juveniles flooded the station, jumped the fare gates and rushed to the second-story train platform. Some of the robbers apparently...
  • BART may designate itself a sanctuary transit system

    02/10/2017 3:28:01 PM PST · by artichokegrower · 27 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | February 10, 2017 | Michael Cabanatuan
    BART, whose trains carry riders between a number of Bay Area sanctuary cities, will consider adopting its own policy protecting undocumented immigrants from the federal government. The BART board decided to consider a measure proposed Thursday by directors Nick Josefowitz of San Francisco and Lateefah Simon of Oakland. “Recent studies indicate that there are over 500,000 undocumented immigrants living in the Bay Area. Many of these immigrants ride BART every day,” Josefowitz said, adding that they should feel safe aboard BART.
  • Cameras catch BART janitor who made $270,000 in a year spending hours in Powell St. closet

    02/06/2017 5:35:23 PM PST · by DFG · 36 replies
    sfgate ^ | 02/06/2017 | Katie Dowd
    Last November, a nonprofit called Transparent California reported that a BART janitor named Liang Zhao Zhang made $271,000 in a single year — over $162,000 of that in the form of overtime. Now, a KTVU investigation into Zhang's hours and pay revealed that he disappears into a storage closet at the Powell St. station, sometimes for hours a day. In order to observe how Zhang spent his sometimes 17-hour work day, KTVU requested surveillance video from BART. On it, they saw Zhang entering a storage closet twice in one day, once for 54 minutes and again for 90 minutes later...
  • Machete attack civic center San Francisco

    01/06/2017 10:55:23 PM PST · by Duke of Milan · 30 replies
    Twitter ^ | 01/07/2017 | Stephan Gray "some guy with a machete just attacked a guy in the civic center @SFBART station by the market & 7th entrance"
  • [San Francisco] Post-Election ‘Wall Of Empathy’ Goes Up At BART Stations

    11/14/2016 11:35:47 AM PST · by Lonely Bull · 41 replies
    CBS SF ^ | November 14, 2016
    SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) – San Franciscans will have the opportunity Monday morning to write supportive notes to each other in the wake of Donald Trump’s election as U.S. president. The so-called Wall of Empathy will be available above ground at the 16th Street Mission, 24th Street Mission and Montgomery Street BART stations from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. “In the wake of Tuesday’s election results, many of us have been experiencing grief and shock in various forms,” event organizers Muriel MacDonald, Tamilla Mir and Melissa Goldman said in a statement. “The racist, sexist, xenophobic rhetoric that was a hallmark...
  • BART rejects ad for ‘pussy-grabbing-proof’ underwear

    11/03/2016 3:58:25 AM PDT · by csvset · 6 replies
    SFGATE ^ | November 2, 2016 | Michael Cabanatuan
    <p>Ads for a decidedly feminist brand of women’s underwear will be arriving soon at a BART station near you, but they’ll be missing a billboard for “pussy-grabbing-proof” panties that has been banned by the transit agency.</p> <p>Thinx, which sells moisture-absorbing underwear, teamed up with the agency that places ads on the BART system for “station domination” campaigns at the Montgomery and 16th Street-Mission stations in San Francisco later this month.</p>
  • BART chaos expected to go on indefinitely

    03/17/2016 9:06:36 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 28 replies
    SFGate ^ | 03/17/2016
    BART service between the Pittsburg-Bay Point and North Concord stations will be shut down indefinitely — and overall service will suffer for months — as the transit agency tries to get to the bottom of a baffling track problem crippling trains by the dozens, officials said Thursday. Transit officials warned passengers Thursday afternoon that for the foreseeable future, riders who want to travel between the Contra Costa County stations will have to use a “bus bridge” arranged by the transit agency through four bus agencies. Those buses will travel on freeways that are sure to be more packed as they...
  • Mystery glitch’s return knocks out BART cars, snarls commute

    03/17/2016 9:45:18 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 22 replies
    sfgate ^ | Wednesday, March 16, 2016 | Matier & Ross
    For the second time in a month, a mysterious power surge knocked out numerous BART cars Wednesday — puzzling agency officials who thought they had the problem under control the first time around, and making life miserable for commuters packed into shortened trains. BART was able to repair some of the 25 or so cars that lost their propulsion systems on the Pittsburg-Bay Point line, but not all of them — raising the likelihood that many trains will be short of cars for the Thursday morning commute. BART engineers worked into the night trying to find an answer for what...
  • BART Is Not a Homeless Shelter

    03/10/2016 9:29:26 AM PST · by Kaslin · 22 replies ^ | March 10, 2016 | Debra J. Saunders
    Bay Area Rapid Transit Director Joel Keller wants to pass a bill that would make it illegal for individuals to take up more than one seat on the train. Call it the one-seat-per-butt rule. Keller told the San Francisco Chronicle's Michael Cabanatuan that the measure is not intended to target homeless people; it's really aimed at everyone, including "people with backpacks, with luggage, with other things occupying seats." Fed up commuters are bound to approve. BART is experiencing record ridership -- which makes BART riders cranky and envious of those who can sit and avoid the human crush. But whom...
  • Police investigate fatal shooting on BART train near West Oakland station

    01/09/2016 9:46:47 PM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 16 replies
    KGO-TV ^ | January 9, 2016.
    OAKLAND, Calif. (KGO) -- Police are investigating a fatal shooting that happened on a BART train near the West Oakland station at 1451 Seventh Street in Oakland. The West Oakland station is closed and emergency responders are on scene, officials said. Witnesses say a passenger was killed by another rider as the San Francisco-bound BART Train pulled into the West Oakland Station. Witnesses say they noticed a disheveled looking man get on the BART train at Rockridge or MacArthur station.