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BART sets ridership records, works to keep 'new' passengers

Original post made on Nov 7, 2009

BART set ridership records while the Bay Bridge was closed for repairs, and now that it has reopened the transit agency is trying to keep as many of its new passengers as possible.

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Posted by Anonymous
a resident of another community
on Nov 7, 2009 at 1:05 pm

Why I don't use BART:

(1) The parking situation at many locations is deplorable. Some people, myself included, would have to leave at least 1 hour earlier if not more, just to be able to find a parking space. Some stations do not have street parking nearby which is a real problem. Furthermore, even the "commuter spots" which require a monthly fee are not even guaranteed. What are people supposed to do if they can't find a place to park? Drive home and walk or take the bus back? That obviously isn't going to work, so it forces people to leave a lot early than they really have to which defeats one of the purposes of taking BART in the first place.

(2) BART + Bus options are not convenient. I cannot simply take BART in order to get to most places I have to go in the morning. A complete route would include BART plus a bus ride. The bus system makes me sick. The swinging motion and the constant starting and stopping makes me nauseous. This is even worse on the double-buses that constantly swing up and down.

(3) Taking BART adds so much extra travel time to my commute that I'd rather sit in traffic. At least that way I can listen to books on tape, make calls from my bluetooth headset and so forth.

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Posted by Cholo
a resident of Livermore
on Nov 7, 2009 at 2:52 pm

I love BART. I take it all over the Bay Area! HIP HIP HOORAY!

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Posted by Julia
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Nov 10, 2009 at 12:34 pm

I think the BART management let it go to their head. Not too many smart dudes running BART. Hey people, the only, only, only reason we used BART was because the damn bridge was closed. Unless you are going to a location within 10 or 12 block of a BART station...forget it. And Anonymous is correct...parking is a real joke. The BART folks finally got what they wanted and they can't handle it. These senior management people have no clue on how to run and operate a great system like BART. Cholo, you finally got something love is a good system, if it was run properly.

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