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Archive for April, 2011

To try or not to try a bike commute. Bike To Work Day set for May 12 in Bay Area

The Bay Area’s annual day to ride your bicycle to work is 12 days from now on May 12, so there’s plenty of time to get ready for trying out a pedaling trip to your job even if you have never done it before. Yes, it requires a functioning bike, some advance planning and for many of us a place to shower and change before beginning the work day. Read on for some Web sites with information about the event, directions on registering to become eligible for drawings, and tips on bike commuting Read the rest of this entry »

Posted on Saturday, April 30th, 2011
Under: Bicycling | No Comments »

Can BART find the right stuff for its new seats?

I was handed a survey Monday and told to try out options for the seat of the future for BART train cars. As I plopped myself down in the trial seats, one thing became apparent. BART seats are spacious compared to those at many mass transit systems in America.

 Click here for my story about B ART rolling out its new “mobile seat lab”  to get opinions from riders on the width, leg room, and height of new seats for the next generation of new BART cars.

People I interviewed at the mobile lab in a stop in Oakland said they could live with a slightly narrower seat than the current 22-inch wide BART model. But they also said they would dislike options for models as narrow as 17 to 18 inches that are in use on some other transit systems.

And the narrowest leg room option on display was postively savaged as the “airline option” to avoid.

BART invites riders to watch for a schedule of seat lab appearances at

And yep, riders also being asked their opinion whether BART should do away with the hard to clean fabric seats and switch to some harder, easy to clean surface.

Posted on Wednesday, April 27th, 2011
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Should AC Transit’s youth pass go way up? Hearing tomorrow

AC Transit hosts a public hearing tomorrow for riders to weigh in raising bus fares and adopting standards to govern all fare decisions for years to come. Among the stickiest issue is whether to raise the youth pass from $15 to $20 a month in August, and later increase it to $45 a month over eight years. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted on Tuesday, April 26th, 2011
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BART to give out free train tickets at festival Thursday

BART is rewarding 5,000 people with free tickets – each good for $6 worth of  fares – at an environmental fair in San Francisco from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday to promote public transit. The BART Blue Sky festival will be held at Justin Herman Plaza near the Embarcadero station. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted on Wednesday, April 20th, 2011
Under: BART, Environment, rail | No Comments »