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First BART Ride Memorabilia

bart_firstday_cropTemescal historian Ray Raineri gave us this BART memorabila today, commemorating the first ride on BART on October 11, 1972. It includes a map of the system and detailed instructions on how to ride BART.

INTERESTING FACTS:

  • BART initially ran just Monday-Friday 8 am – 6 pm from Fremont to MacArthur stations running in intervals of 15 and 8 minutes.
  • 30 cents was the lowest value for a BART ticket in 1972, $20 was the highest.

Elizabeth Shemaria

MacArthur before it was MacArthur BART

timelinecropToday, MacArthur BART is a transfer hub for three of the five lines in the BART system. People who knew the MacArthur BARthood before BART went in, say this area has always been a transit hub. Before BART there was AC Transit, before AC Transit there was the Key System. Today, Kiran Goldman and I interviewed Bill Jackson, who owns Lee’s Auto Laundry Detail. Jackson’s family has owned the business, located today just behind the BART parking lot, since the 1940s. His views on the MacArthur BARThood and a transit village proposed for the station will appear in a video for our News 21 project. –Elizabeth Shemaria

(Photo courtesy BART)

Pittsburg and MacArthur Update

img_2634Kiran Goldman and I have researched and reported at the Pittsburg and MacArthur BART stations over the last five weeks. We have reported at the BART stations and their BARThoods. In the process, we learned that both stations are in different phases of planning a transit village to better serve the community around those BARThoods. Pittsburg, a BARThood where residents say surrounding towns like Walnut Creek better serve their daily needs, see the Transit Village as an opportunity to enhance their community. Around the MacArthur BARThood, a transit village would serve the young educated commuters who are increasingly moving into the neighborhood, however, old-time businesses would likely be displaced. –Elizabeth Shemaria

Pittsburg BART development community meeting

Last night, Kiran Goldman and I went to a community meeting about a mixed-use development at the Pittsburg/Bay Point BART station. Residents from the Pittsburg BARThood attended the meeting to voice their interest in the development and what they hope it will add to the community. Some residents said they could see a transit village creating a sense of community at the station. Downtown Walnut Creek and sidewalk cafes were mentioned as were grocery stores like Whole Foods, coffee shops, and bookstores. Pittsburg City Planner Leigha Schmidt says the plan is for the future and it will be a very long time before a plan turns into a development at the Pittsburg/Bay Point BART station. –Elizabeth Shemaria

Pittsburg Commuters

The average Pittsburg/Bay Point BART commuter travels 7.92 miles to get from their home to the BART station, according to a survey BART released last month. Today, Kiran Goldman and I followed Jonathan Hiponia, an Antioch resident who works in San Francisco. He rides BART from Pittsburg/Bay Point to Embarcadero almost every morning, a total commute of 1.5 hours each way. Hiponia is not alone. By 7:30 am, when he arrives at the BART parking lot, the lot is nearly full. –Elizabeth Shemaria