A huge step in the right direction.
The Bay Area's 44 BART stations will soon have new retail services for commuters traveling on the regional train network, starting at the Embarcadero and Montgomery stops.
It would be nice to activate the spaces in the stations. I have an idea that I'm still hatching but isn't ready for public consumption yet.
There are already restrooms in the stations. They were closed to the public after 9/11. As far as nicer softer benches. It isn't an option until we house the people who are housing challenged.
There used to be a Greyhound station where the new Federal Bldg on 7th Street is. The previous Transbay Terminal had nice comfortable seating and restrooms and etc. They also had some unhoused individuals there.
So going back to Nicer, Softer Benches, Seating . . . The cynical view is that it would "encourage" people to lounge there. It's also why there are no public restrooms in the Temporary Transbay Terminal despite it being an Intermodal Transit Hub.
If it was entirely up to me . . . Showers could be installed for commuters ( and others) who need them.
When there is advertising there, whoever buys the ad space pays for it. Public Service announcements could be placed there too. How much would that cost AND How would it be paid for ?
How about a public toilet?
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...
What the Muni stations need is a make over, and how much of it is need. Whether it Civic Center, Powell, Montgomery or the other stations. For starters it need nice décor to update it looks. IF they are going to do a make over, don't be afraid to be creative or have that 5-10% look and feel of what is a theme attraction. It could be enjoyable for people will wait for the street cars and not lifeless like some people say it is, and maybe a eye sore.
IF they need some reference guide for ideas look at some of the subway stations in Los Angeles, Burbank, monorail boarding stations at Las Vegas, Disneyland and Walt Disney World.
Some people said they want bench in the station, that might be good.
Examples of some nice bench ideas with links
Also think about these words and terms. In fixing up any of the Muni stations. It might help.
-warm and inviting
-nor lifeless or eye sore
I love how @Andy mentioned about "benches". How about, benches and food/snack stalls? That can be a nice waiting area, where you can sit, relax and allowed to eat.
I'd love to see "benches" put in those unused spaces.
Not MUNI station related, but an idea for BART from the past: neighborland.com/ideas/sf-bart...
This may be the most interesting and forgotten partnership in the history of American public transit.
BART + Atari = magic
"The Pong Goodbye – Great headline on a great column by Peter Hartlaub on the arcade games of the 1970s and '80s. In 1976 Atari and BART entered into a strange partnership, agreeing to split the...
Cool stuff, Tom! Thanks for sharing!
Ideally the space can be used and beautified, though I'm open to either one. What do you think are the most promising ideas for our stations?
What if we just redesigned the look of the stations? Maybe it's not a space issue and just more of an issue of aesthetics?
Here's some inspiration I just saw on Curbed: curbed.com/archives/2013/01/08...
While there have been a few fine examples of commuter train cars bedecked in high design (like Ikea fabrics and Versailles garb),...