BART Delays Wednesday Evening

An equipment problem on a train took nearly an hour to resolve.

BART suffered major delays across its system Wednesday evening following an equipment problem on a train. 

Did the delays inconvenience you? How would you rate BART's overall reliability? 

Dave Kurrent October 11, 2012 at 06:53 PM
Wow. I consider myself fortunate. I had absolutely no problem taking BART to the A's game and returning home after a great A's victory. Everything worked out very well. Must have just missed the breakdown.
El Cucuy October 11, 2012 at 07:02 PM
After much travel in the former Soviet Union, Latin America, and Asia, I can safely say that BART is the dirtiest public transportation system I've encountered.
KFrances October 12, 2012 at 04:52 PM
yes....I guess it's a decision of being above or below ground....stuck. I would rather be stuck 20 X above ground than 1X below ...personal preference. There is a feeling on BART that you don't get ont the Subway in NY or Metro in DC...soemthing about efficiency. It just feels like a boutique transit system into a boutique city that may or may not get you there....and is pretty expensive. That being said I take BART, BART makes sense a lot of the time, but I'd like to keep my car and not have unelected elitist 'enviro regulators' high tax it away.
marie October 14, 2012 at 12:35 AM
I was in the Embarcadero Station Wednesday night trying to get home. I was in the car behind the car that had mechanical problems in the Transbay Tube. The problem was probably the worst I've experienced in terms of how long it took me to get home, two hours, instead of the usual 45 minutes. What always amazes me during these BART problems, is the total chaos. For a certain period of time, no trains were running through the Embarcadero Station. I was told later the station was closed because the platform was full of people. My train was in the Tube and had to go backwards back to Embarcadero Station so the disabled car could get out of the Tube. We sat in the car as we were told once the disabled car got out, our train would go to Pittsburgh Bay Point. Meanwhile, they started running Pittsburg trains and other trains on the opposite platform, where usually the trains are going to Millbrae. Our group stubbornly kept on our train, even though the BART operator said the disabled train was moving at 5 miles per hour. I was thinking how many miles is it how long could this take? I got off the train twice to try and get on the Pittsburgh Bay Point train on the opposite platform, but as Embarcadero Station is the last San Francisco stop, the trains were too full. I jumped back on the original train, only to be told it was changing to an SFO/Millbrae train going the opposite way. Eventually the platorm started thinning out and I eventually got on a train. Yikes.
srl99 October 21, 2012 at 08:39 PM
Say what you will about Mike Dukakis (another former) "Governor" of Mass. He famously rode the T [Boston's subway]. That brought a lot of attention to the T, and the T cleaned up it's operations (for a time). I certainly don't expect the governor of CA (where the capitol is Sacramento) to ride BART - but would it hurt for BART senior management to give up their company cars and company paid parking and use the product they are paid so handsomely to "manage"? Also, why does every station have reserved parking for Station Agent on Duty. Is the product so bad the staff refuse to use it?


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