Wednesday, September 10, 2014

BART'll be the shortener

And many San Franciscans will stand for it;
If your BART train looks shorter and more crowded lately, it probably is.
.... dozens of cars in BART's fleet are out of service because of damage, rehabilitation or routine maintenance.
"So what was a 10-car train yesterday may be a nine-car today," said BART spokeswoman Alicia Trost.
One car here or there might not sound like a lot, but even a shortage of five cars can mean no seats for 7,200 riders throughout the day and tighter squeezes for the thousands who stand.
Light rail; it's light on capacity. Since BART, like all mass transit run by government agencies, loses money on its operations, that means more taxes to provide more trains. Sometime in the future. Meanwhile;
"It's just been miserable, said Jeff Lancaster of his commute from Orinda to downtown San Francisco. "These shortened BART trains are ... often so crowded you don't even have the space to read a newspaper."
Newspapers that probably supported more light rail all along?

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