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Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Why doesn't the BART run 24/7?

As far as I can tell, it's to promote DUIs and drunk driving. The BART closes at 12:30. The bars, close at 2. Therefore people will drive drunk.

Don't give me the lies about "oh we have to clean it." There are perfectly fine 24/7 subways in the world, (eg, the US has one, Copenhagen has one, etc) which clean the express/local tracks by rerouting trains to the local/express track.

Face it, native Friscans, the BART system builders decided to half ass design and engineer their system and you got ripped off, and have been making excuses for it all your life. What's obnoxious is that you go around telling people who move here "Oh it is impossible to have a 24/7 subway. Just impossible." To which I laugh and point out the counterexamples. Inevitably, I have to pull a map out and teach where Copenhagen or anywhere out side of Northern Cali is to these people as well.

Why this solution has escaped the self proclaimed "brilliant Frisco engineers" is amazing. They're probably too busy groupthinking and Sanfransocializing up friendster/orkut/facebook clones to actually come up with original thoughts and solutions for issues in the real world.

Another stupid issue with the BART is that it costs you more to go farther. So you are now also encouraging people with longer commutes to drive. Which is completely counterproductive to the concept of public transportation. BART should be FLAT FEE like the other subways so that when you get on, you will want to travel as long as possible on it, and thus be OFF THE ROAD. The way it is set up now, BART travel makes sense for intra-sf trips and one-two hop trips. Which would be fine if they admitted this, but BART tells everyone that it is a "commuter rail to ferry people from the east bay into SF." Yeah. BS. Your economic model says otherwise, and when in doubt, always follow the money.

The way it is set up now, BART is optimized for the dilettante bourgeoisie flitting from fake cultural cafe to fake cultural art studio, or the hooker that is too fat to walk, not the average commuter.

Face it. The BART, like the GG Bridge, is just a toy model for tourists to look at. Tho, they really should clean the seats on the BART. The homeless people use them as urinals.

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