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ChronWatch: Powell St. BART escalators down

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    Published Thursday, May 6, 2004, in the San Francisco Chronicle ChronicleWatch: Working for a better Bay Area By Suzanne Pullen Escalators down at BART A pair
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      Published Thursday, May 6, 2004, in the San Francisco Chronicle

      ChronicleWatch: Working for a better Bay Area

      By Suzanne Pullen

      Escalators down at BART

      A pair of escalators that have been off-limits since last summer at a
      downtown BART station entrance have ChronicleWatch tipsters raising
      red flags. The Stockton Street entrance to the Powell Street BART
      station was closed during construction of the adjacent Apple
      Computer's new flagship store.

      After the store's grand opening in March, the stairs to the entrance
      were reopened, but the escalators -- which are heavily used by
      tourists and shoppers returning from Union Square -- remain
      closed "for repairs," according to recently posted signs.

      "It ticks me off," said tipster Stu Ross, whose office window faces
      the entrance. "Someone isn't paying attention. There has been no work
      on it since it reopened." The mysterious closure has several tipsters
      frustrated. "I think BART should at least post honest and helpful
      signage at this spot," said one tipster, who also complained about
      garbage collecting on the shut-down walkways.

      Status: An Apple spokeswoman told us that crews are working on
      repairs to the escalators, which should be finished within the next
      two weeks. BART spokesman Mike Healy told ChronicleWatch that if the
      repairs take any longer than that, his agency will revisit the
      matter.

      Who's responsible: Tom Margro, BART general manager, (510) 464-7123;
      tmargro@...
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