BART's First Paying Passenger
BART's first paying passenger was Gertrude Guild of San Leandro, who entered the system at Lake Merritt station. Here she is at the faregate, learning how to use her ticket.
September 11, 1972
Last night - Christmas eve, around 11 PM:
Earlier, BART posted its "top 22 accomplishments" for 2022. Now in the field:
There were almost two dozen unstaffed stations (station agent shortage) last night, and the entire blue line was cancelled (no dublin service - "seek alternative transportation" due to operator shortage). So, only the yellow and orange lines were running, like it was 1992.
Hopefully this is a Christmas eve left for memories only. Hoping for a better 2023!
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays.
Once again, BART can't run in any weather. This includes, but is not limited to:
Waiting for BART delays due to "dark conditions" AKA night and later, "sunny conditions."
And don't get me started on "oh, your car drives slower in the rain." Yeah, and rapid transit systems in the east coast (Miami, NYC, PATCO) battle far worse weather than the Bay Area, without 20 minute delays everywhere. BART is incompetent.
Happy 50th. End rant/
C1 Car 361 - 1991 Ads
A Bright New Day for the Bay Area
Welcome to "The Two Bagger" - a somewhat frequented corner of the BARTchives in which I'll post somewhat frequently tidbits about various cars, pictures, and other stuff.
If you'd like to have a short write-up on a specific car, please contact me (under the about page). Thanks for visiting "The Two Bagger."
A car 101 - First of the Fleet
The first car delivered by Rohr was A car 101, a prototype car used to identify and resolve various bugs with the new cars' construction and simulated operation.
The 101 rolled out of Chula Vista (on a trailer) and was delivered to Hayward Shops on 8/27/1970. Unique among the fleet, the cab of 101 was painted grey/silver - other protoype cars had different colors of cabs. For about a month, A car 101 was the only Rohr car delivered, so there are a few pics of this single car rolling down the A line (attached).
Like most of the protoype cars, the 101 was returned to Rohr (c. 6/1972) and scrapped. From what I recall reading, Rohr decided it was not worth the effort to rebuild these A cars, and replaced them with new A cars (A car 101 II -> B car 821 -> B2 car 1821 in this case).
"The Two Bagger" is meant to be a place to store more "blog" style posts on various cars, pictures, and random tidbits. At BART, a "two bagger" is a rather informal name for a two car train. Two car trains rolled in revenue service back in 1972.