Cell Service Shutdown at BART: Does it Truly Sacrifice Freedom of Speech at the Expense of Passenger Safety?
The Bay Area's rapid train system, BART, is currently being scrutinized by a variety of groups, from local and state governments, to activist groups, to even from within its own board members, all of which because the agency wanted to avert a looming strike inside a station platform by shutting down cellphone service inside the Market Street tube. But, is shutting down cellphone service a solution to avoid such violent protests and reduce security risks for riders and operators?
The infamous Clipper Card still has a serious bug on some of its machines, most notably when a passenger travels between the East Bay and Marin County on Golden Gate Transit. However, as I discover the problem, it seems the real problem occurs in two scenarios: going from the East Bay back to Marin County involves an overcharge, and machines suddenly "fail" or turn themselves off while passengers are being loaded onto an East Bay-bound bus.
San Francisco Muni operates a historic streetcar service that runs along the city's "Main Streets", Market Street and the Embarcadero waterfront. With frequent service that serves many of San Francisco's most famous landmarks along the way, it is no wonder that tourists use the streetcar line than, I'd say, most other Muni lines.
Clipper, the commuter card for the San Francisco Bay Area, bills itself as a convenient way to pay fares and store transit passes for the Bay Area's myriad of transit agencies. Despite all the discounts one can claim for using the transit card, there are hidden loopholes in the system that cost commuters more than what they actually get.