Posts Tagged ‘bart’

Proof that Mitch Hedberg never rode BART

March 7th, 2014


“An escalator can never break, it can only become stairs. You will never see an escalator out of order sign, just ‘escalator temporarily stairs — sorry for the convenience.’”

– Mitch Hedberg

While he may have taken Muni Metro, it’s clear that Hedberg never rode BART.

Things San Franciscans despise: filth

May 7th, 2012

Most visitors would be shocked to learn that San Franciscans hate filth.

Ours is a city that doesn’t want to stay clean, but we try our best. Some cleaning accomplishments we’re especially proud of include:

  • We require restaurants to display a hygiene score card.
  • We have a number to call for park and sidewalk cleaning.
  • We heavily fine anyone who dares block our street cleaning vehicles’ precise schedule.

Yes, we live in moldy old buildings. Yes, the entire city often smells terrible. And yes, that’s human urine on your car door. Sorry, I should have told you not to park here.

Tourists don’t recognize our little obsession with cleanliness because we often focus on minor details, ignoring larger issues that are politically unpalatable to address head-on.

The poster child for our cleanliness obsession reaching a disorder level is Bart. Despite drug deals and human excrement problems in certain stations, Bart focuses on appeasing germaphobes who demand free hand sanitizer and inorganic germ-resistant vinyl seats.

This isn’t to say San Franciscans are trying to scrub away our hippie image; we’re just washing our organic heirloom tomatoes with soap these days.

Now if you’ll excuse me, I have to go confirm that the overflowing trash can I reported to 311 was emptied.


Original photo by gruntso.

Yet another punk show at 16th Mission Bart

June 17th, 2011

Yesterday evening we had another little punk show at the 16th Mission Bart stop. Unlike many previous shows, this one was right in the middle of things; not much buffer zone between the audience and the band.

I wasn’t there when they finished up, but I hear that things ended quite early.

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Another punk show at 16th Mission Bart

September 1st, 2010

A rather loud all-girl band from Olympia was playing at the 16th and Mission Bart stop this evening. Here’s a few pics.





Transferring between Muni Metro and Bart

July 1st, 2010

Let’s say you’re going to work, and like a lot of folks, you have to transfer from Muni Metro to Bart.

What do you have to do? Well first you have to get to one of the shared stations, i.e. Civic Center, Powell, Montgomery, or Embarcadero. (I’m not counting Balboa Park, that’s another story for another time.)

Next you have to actually do some walking. Here’s a highly-skilled MS Paint diagram of what you currently need to do on foot:

  1. Go from the Muni platform level to the ticketing level
  2. Head through the exit and into the Bart faregates
  3. Go back down to the Bart platform level

Does it have to be this complicated? Of COURSE NOT!

Anyone who’s ever transferred has probably thought of this, but there’s a pretty simple solution here: stairs between the Muni and Bart platform levels.

Like this:

See? We eliminate two flights of stairs and save up to 5 minutes or so.

So what’s the rub, why didn’t they build the station like this in the first place?

It seems there simply isn’t enough room to have all the extra faregates and ticket machines we’d need on the station platforms. Or at least, it USED to be that way.

But now that we have Clipper, couldn’t we make do with less? All you’d have to do is exit Muni and tag on to Bart. Or in the other direction, tag off Bart and on to Muni.

Muni trains already have Clipper machines inside the train, and it’s a proof-of-payment system, so gates aren’t really needed. Bart could just have a couple faregates at the platform level. It wouldn’t have to take up too much space.

So there you go, commuters; now just convince the powers that be to build this.

Follow up: Live poetry event details

June 12th, 2010

It’s come to my attention that the live poetry I witnessed the other night is actually an ongoing event. Who knew? Everyone but me, apparently.


Join us on the streetcorner at 16th & Mission every Thursday night at 9:00pm, and lend your voice to this ecclectic [sic] group of street performers. From musicians and emcees to poets and comics, there’s something for everyone here under just the stars and streetlights…

There’s even some Yelp reviews and a short documentary film (warning: long load time and out of sync audio).

How did I not know about this?

Live poetry at 16th Mission Bart

June 11th, 2010

On the way back from a semi-productive evening at Noisebridge, I happened across a live poetry show at the 16th and Mission Bart plaza. There were at least two performers taking turns with lively oration from a chalk circle, surrounded by hip types, hobos, and the union of crack consumers.

Seemingly this was what one might call “beat” poetry. Honestly I don’t know anything about poetry and didn’t stay long as I was in the wrong mood (read: sober) to enjoy it.

Here’s a few crappy iPhone pics for your enjoyment.




Anyone have details on this show? It was at about 11 PM on June 10th.

Food Not Bombs punk show at 16th and Mission Bart plaza

November 13th, 2009

Once again, I got off Bart and found a punk show! Today’s show was somehow part of Food Not Bombs, and the bands came all the way from Brooklyn(!) for the show.

Can’t say I know who these bands were. After the first couple songs I was so deaf I really couldn’t hear them announce their names.

This guy seemed to be involved in the organization of the show. He announced that he turned 72 today and he’s still “punk as fuck.”

The crowd.
The crowd

First band.

Second band.

Full set is here.

Impromptu punk show at 16th and Mission Bart plaza

September 1st, 2009

Today (Aug 31st) I arrived at the 16th St. Bart at around 7pm and walked right into a punk show. There were at least three bands rotating with 2 song sets. Unfortunately I have no idea who these bands are or what the event was called, if anything.

I managed to get a few crappy iPhone pics for your enjoyment.

All three bands used the same equipment, including this PBR microphone.
PBR microphone

Due to the rotation, I saw this band first and last.

The drummer in this band had a very long and very blond rat tail.

The singer in this band moved much faster than my crappy iPhone camera could handle. But you go to the impromptu punk show with the camera you have — not the camera you might want or wish to have at a later time.

Dancing at a punk show isn’t normal. But on meth it is.

It ended exactly like you would expect.
Police bikeParty's over, man

Full set is here.

Update: a commenter at Mission Mission provided a band list.