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  • 3/14 SF Chronicle
    Published Tuesday, March 14, 2006, in the San Francisco Chronicle Letter to the Editor BART caused the chaos When you hear a BART spokesperson say these fire
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      Published Tuesday, March 14, 2006, in the San Francisco Chronicle

      Letter to the Editor

      BART caused the chaos

      When you hear a BART spokesperson say these fire incidents
      happen every so often because of debris that catches on fire, then
      they need to start cleaning out the tunnels every night when the
      system is down, and once and for all get rid of those wooden areas
      under the tracks.

      Also, why isn't there an exhaust system on the trains to move out
      smoke that enters the cars? An exhaust system would have lessened the
      panic on the train. For the millions of dollars that we spent for
      refurbishing these cars, they leave a lot to be desired from a safety
      standpoint. Think of yourself standing in these cars as they fill
      with smoke; people are going to start to worry.

      Passengers should have listened to the train operator, otherwise some
      very serious accident could have resulted, so they themselves are
      partially at fault.

      BART needs to understand that many of their passengers' lives are on
      edge anyway, and it only takes something like this incident for them
      to go over. To ask the train operator to put out a fire on the tracks
      was a stupid thing that central (control) told him to do.

      George L. Ramas
      Walnut Creek


      The 1.5-hour closure of BART on March 9 and the ensuing chaos was
      the result of a systematic failure of BART to make timely and
      frequent announcements throughout its system for disruptions in
      service. Passengers are trained to take matters into their own
      hands because they expect to hear no word from BART officials.

      In the past month, I have waited for seven trains that were delayed
      more than 10 minutes, and in only one case was an announcement made.
      Perhaps BART does not want to call attention to its inability to stay
      on schedule.

      Furthermore, the March 9 situation would not have occurred if there
      was not debris on the tracks to catch fire. BART closes every night
      for five hours. Why doesn't BART take advantage of that opportunity
      to clean the track area?

      Tom Busse
      San Francisco
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