Thursday, May 21st, 2009 at 5:26 pm in Misc. Transportation.
First of all, the Queen would like to thank all the transit geeks who responded to her initial post about TransLink. In particular, Rebecca Saltzman, author of Oakland Living, an awesome blog that often discusses transit, came through like a trouper, even posing for a photo as she hopped aboard the bus and flashed her TransLink card. The photo, and Rebecca’s quote, will run in reporter Janis Mara’s story about TransLink in the Contra Costa Times sometime in the next week.
Also thanks to Scott Mace, who commented about BART’s e-wallet in the Queen’s initial TransLink post. Scott, seems like the dang e-wallet, which you pointed out would be a pain to commuters, might be a necessary evil in getting BART on board with TransLink (assuming that ever happens). For an awesome analysis of the reasons BART has hesitated to hook up with TransLink, read this post in Underground Science.
When a commuter buys a ticket for $20, obviously he or she usually doesn’t immediately spend $20 on tickets, and the amount that remains in BART’s bank account is known as “the float,” Underground Science’s author, former MTC employee Garlynn Woodsong informs us.
Turns out that the e-wallet was the solution to that, BART director Tom Radulovich told Janis Mara as she researched her story.
Incidentally, SFist composed the best headline in the history of the world in a post about the subject, “It’s time to take TransLink out behind the barn and shoot it.”
Meanwhile, do you guyz think BART will ever embrace TransLink? Saltzman seems cautiously optimistic.
(Photo: didbygraham on flickr.)