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Molly Bacon

25 neighbors want better escalators and bike stairways on BART in San Francisco.

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Bart escalators are awful and most of the time are not running properly. I think accessibility should be a priority so everyone can have the option to ride Bart.

I am excited for the new carts to have bike racks but I'd love to see more stairways for bikes. 16th and Mission has a helpful stairway for bicycles and I'd love to see more of these.

I don't understand why I have to go to Walgreens to buy a clipper card. I only know of one Clipper machine in a SF Bart station and I'd love to see them at more stations.

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Henry Kielarowski
Michelle R.
Rene Rodriguez
Jason Schwartz
Douglas Miguel Guerrero
Liana Derus
Nicholas Josefowitz
Leiris Attenborough
Galen Maloney
Mario Flores Jr
Joseph Thomas
Michael Nulty
Dan
Russell Sterten
Arianne Dee
Lynnea Holland-Weiss
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Dan

"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."

hoodline.com/2017/08/to-protec...

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To Protect Escalators, BART To Install Canopies Over Downtown Stations | Hoodline

The structures are required by state law to protect new escalator investments.

hoodline.com/2017/08/to-protec...

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Posted Aug 6, 2017
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Dan

Good news ... SFMTA stepping up - www.sfmta.com/about-sfmta/blog...

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Posted Oct 6, 2016
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Nicholas Josefowitz

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...

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Posted Mar 30, 2016
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Russell Sterten

Would love to see this happen. I guess they are in the process of setting up another transbay tube?

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Posted Feb 11, 2015
Dan
Dan
Feb 11, 2015

"Though a potential new tube may be "30 to 50 years off," Ellen Smith, BART's acting manager for strategic and policy planning, told The Examiner previously that Wiener thinks it's well past time all cities in the region push for increased public transit."

www.sfexaminer.com/sanfrancisc...

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Dan

New late night bus service from SF to Silicon Valley launched this week:

www.thebolditalic.com/articles...

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New Late Night Shuttle Between SF & Silicon Valley

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
in Santa…

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Posted Dec 18, 2014
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Nicholas Josefowitz

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.

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Posted Oct 28, 2014
Joseph Thomas
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Dec 19, 2014

Congratulations on your victory!

We need a Regional Transportation Agency to coordinate all public transit in the Bay Area. All these redundant and competing entities have created a nightmarish hodgepodge of transit systems, none of which are efficient, affordable, or up-to-date technologically. Not being able to transfer between systems is inexcusable. This is the 21st Century, no?

I rarely see a person in a wheelchair on BART (or the Metro). One reason is that the elevators are truly relics from the 70's.
The majority of times I am underground, I hear an announcement that one or more elevators is out of service. Meaningless info for the "average" rider; a game-changer for the person in a wheelchair. I hope the new BART cars have more provisions for people with disabilities. I would also like to see a "fence" like the AirTrain has to prevent people from accidentally entering the track area.

As for "Clipper," it's just another business to fleece riders. Public transportation should be free, paid for by the scores of multi-national corporations that have used the mystique, infrastructure, and human resources of San Francisco to grow their brands. Not only would this help get autos off of the road, thereby reducing greenhouse gas emissions and congestion, but it would improve the overall quality of life for millions of individuals in the greater Bay Area.

Posted by Joseph Thomas on Dec 19, 2014
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