That moment when you’re on BART and you realize that they’re not painting the walls…

…they’re cleaning them.

[at Embarcadero Station, thanks to reader Rob for the submission!]

8-bit BART map

Personally, I prefer to travel via dinosaur or warp whistle.

[via Joshing Uno, prints available!]

Peeking inside the new BART model

Some context, via BART’s press release:

A milestone in public outreach for BART’s Fleet of the Future project comes July 23-26, when a full scale mock up of two-thirds of a train car interior will be set up for public viewing at MacArthur Station in Oakland.

You can kick the tires (metaphorically; after all, this is a wooden model of the interior of the car, and BART trains don’t have tires) between 2 pm and 7 pm from Tuesday – Friday on the concourse level of the station, in front of the multicolor peacock-feather-looking mural. BART has built the plywood model to give the public a sense of the proportions of the new cars, possible configurations of seats, placement of bike racks and handholds, so visitors can share impressions about these and other new features. Those going through the model will fill out a survey to give their feedback. Nearly 10,000 people have shared feedback so far on the project by attending other events, taking online surveys or emailing comments.

Interview with Yeiner Pérez Garizabalo

Marta Franco has the story of the “Naked BART Man” over at Mission Local.

[Photo by Marta Franco]

“I was giving out flyers of the show, and somehow I started thinking that my friends were pulling my leg and everybody there was pretending,” he said. “And I don’t know how, but I got naked and I was performing and I saw the people taking photos of me and I thought, ‘I’m at the Cirque du Soleil, I’m the great Yeiner, from Colombia’.”

She says that he hadn’t eaten or slept for four days and had a history of suicidal depression. The story also ties into possible political maneuvers by BART workers negotiating wages.

Read the story here.

‘Naked, spitting, pissing’ BART terrorizing dude identified as Yeiner Perez

From SFGate:

The man was identified by BART police as 24-year-old Yeiner Garizabalo. Friends said Tuesday he goes by Yeiner Perez and is a dedicated acrobat and performer. The episode, they said, was strongly out of character.

“He’s been through a lot of stress — he seems to have been having a breakdown,” said Slim Chance, who leads the Berkeley circus troupe ClownSnotBombs. Perez was a member from January to early May. “That seems to be the tip of it right there. I just can’t tell you anything more because I don’t really know what his state is. It’s not at all like his normal character.”

Chance said Perez, normally a “workaholic acrobat,” stopped showing up to the group’s practices several days before the episode.

“I don’t think it was anything with drugs,” Chance said. “I don’t know. We’re thinking he may have even had a stroke sometime last year. We’ve been trying to piece it together ourselves.”

Well, this explains all of the gymnastics and aerobics the guy was performing, although it doesn’t really explain the naked part or the violent demeanor.  Hopefully this person is able to get the care and help that they clearly need.  Judging from his Facebook profile, he seems like a fairly normal guy (for a circus performer).

[Photo via Facebook]


Video of ‘naked, spitting, pissing dude’ terrorizing the 16th Street BART station finally emerges (NSFW)

Video of the disturbing assault committed by the obviously deranged ‘naked, spitting, pissing dude‘ who shut down the 16th Street BART station last month has finally surfaced, and it’s quite disturbing to witness.  Taken by the station agent on duty at the time, it depicts the guy going after a defenseless woman, and old man, and performing numerous naked aerobics.

When we first wrote about this, many wondered why no one came to the defense of those being attacked, but after seeing it all happen in real time, I must admit that I too would be a bit reluctant to take this guy on.  And why did it take so long for the police to show up?  What would you have done?

[Via Boing Boing]

BART delays through this morning’s commute



“Major delays through Transbay Tube for morning commute
Expect major delays of 20 to 60 minutes this morning through the Transbay Tube. We are single tracking due to damage on the third rail following a collision of rail maintenance vehicles at approximately 2 am this morning. We expect these delays to continue throught the morning commute and impact scheduled service on all lines. We are working as quickly as we can to safely restore service.”

(B)art school composition

Something to look at other than your iPhone as you wait for your favorite underground public transit to finally show up, courtesy of Kathleen Bradbury.  Check out more of her rad stuff here.

El Soñador, the blind 24th Street BART musician

With the recent passing of the revered Jesse Morris, the punk rock Johnny Cash who used to welcome us onto the 24th St. BART every Friday morning with stirring renditions of “Ring of Fire” and other ballads, that station has been even drearier than usual.  It’s easy to forget just how meaningful and significant these people can be in our lives until they’re gone forever.

Fortunately, local filmmaker Javier Roberto Carlos is trying to make sure that history doesn’t repeat itself by making this short documentary about Marcos Alvarez, a blind street musician that plays at the 24th St. BART every Friday afternoon.  Give it a look, and if you like what hear, go see the real show live in person this afternoon!

And don’t forget to toss this guy a few bucks if you like his music!





Just be careful where you stick that quiver of yours, OK Cupid?