SFMTA Headquarters Evacuated After 34 Sickened By Mysterious Substance

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San Francisco firefighters are still searching for the source of an irritating substance that caused breathing problems in more than 30 people and triggered the evacuation of a city building this afternoon.
The building at 1 South Van Ness Ave., which houses San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency’s headquarters and other city offices, was evacuated at 3:07 p.m. after occupants reported breathing some sort of irritating substance, fire department spokeswoman Mindy Talmadge said… (more)

Could it be somebody protesting the gridlock and disappearing parking spaces, or someone who opened their SMART parking meter bill, or a rider who can’t find the bus they used to take to get to work, or a food truck worker who got a parking ticket while serving lunch? The possibilities are endless.

BART Reliability Drops As Ridership Increases

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BART’s ridership continued to grow in the three-month period from April through June but train service reliability fell and customer complaints increased, a top manager told the transit agency’s board of directors today.
In presenting his quarterly performance report, Paul Oversier, BART’s assistant general manager for operations, said, “It was a mixed quarter—it wasn’t our best by a long shot.”
Oversier said the good news was that BART’s total ridership increased by 6.4 percent compared to the same quarter last year and average weekday ridership was 398,134.
Ridership on BART’s extension to the San Francisco International Airport grew by 5 percent, Saturday ridership increased by 6.1 percent and Sunday ridership grew by 7.6 percent, he said.
The bad news is that BART’s customers on-time service fell to 93.74 percent, below its goal of 96 percent and its 95.21 percent total from January through March and its 95.07 level the same quarter last year… (more)

Looks like public transportation systems are not ready for the hoards they claim they can carry. Some transportation consultants have been saying that for years. There is a limit at to what any system can handle. Remember how easy it was to get around a couple of years ago, before the government decided we need to get out of our cars and trust them to get us where we need to go?