"From Civic Center to Embarcadero, BART is building permanent canopies over station entrances to protect its escalators, the transit agency recently announced.
A years-long project will bring durable new canopies to the BART/Muni entrances on Market Street. Once stations are closed for the night, the canopies will lock at the street level."
The structures are required by state law to protect new escalator investments.
Good news ... SFMTA stepping up - www.sfmta.com/about-sfmta/blog...
Much of BART's core systems dates from the 1960s. Those systems have started to fail. Some, like our escalators, have failed. We can't keep maintaining 1960s kit, and expect it to function like new. Now is the time to take decisive action to rebuild BART's core systems from the ground up. It's what we know we need, and it's what the Bay Area is demanding.
Read my call to action in The San Francisco Examiner: www.sfexaminer.com/time-come-r...
Would love to see this happen. I guess they are in the process of setting up another transbay tube?
New late night bus service from SF to Silicon Valley launched this week:
Update: Since we ran this story yesterday Midnight Express has added a San Jose stop. It will arrive at 3:30 a.m. at the Diridon Caltrain Station.Michael Horton, who lives and works
Great suggestions Molly.
Late night service - Philly, Boston, Washington DC and NY all have late-night service. In SF, running late night service is a question of priotization and creativity. If elected to the BART Board, I'd make this one of my top priorities.
BART Escalators - They're terrible. Some of them are so old that it's impossible to find replacement parts for them. Replacing the entire fleet would be a relatively modest expenditure for BART - compared to how much it spends on extensions - and would be a top priority should I be elected.
Bikes - We need to make BART more cycle accessible. I agree. The stairways is something I hear a lot about, and something we need to think creatively about. Punching new holes into the BART stations to accommodate new staircases is probably prohibitively expensive. How do you think we should think about it?
Clipper - Clipper is a terribly outdated system. It doesn't even generate any usable data regarding transit ridership! We need to get our best tech minds together, and figure out a better solution. The data that clipper provides would be a critical input to improving our local and regional transit system.
I hope I can count on your support this election, as I run for BART Board.