Celebrating 40 Years of BART — Share Your Memories

BART has been serving the Bay Area for four decades. How long have you been riding?

This September marks 40 years of BART service in the Bay Area. To celebrate the occasion, BART is gathering memorabilia and encouraging riders to share their own via Pinterest and Flickr.

Planning for Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) began in the 1950s after the Key System had been dismantled. The first passenger embarked on Sept. 11, 1972 on the first BART line, which ran between MacArthur and Fremont.

BART says we can expect to hear more about the 40th anniversary year in coming weeks, including special promotions and events. 

If you decide to use Flickr to share your antique BART photos, remember to use the Creative Commons license and tag photos with BART40th. Contributions and suggestions can also be emailed to bart40th@bart.gov.

How long have you been riding BART? What do you remember about past decades? How has the service changed? Share your BART memories in the comments below. Have an old photo? Click "upload" to share it.

Amanda September 06, 2012 at 04:11 AM
I remember when BART turned 25 and they made special commemorative tickets. I also remember when they started doing the train announcements over the loudspeaker via computer. The digital voice always reminds me of that Radiohead song.
Rob Shea September 06, 2012 at 06:53 PM
I rode BART for the first time to go to an Oakland A's game — without any parental supervision. How is that for fun times?
Redrock September 06, 2012 at 08:41 PM
@Amanda: Do you mean the BBBUUUURRRRRR Sound? @Rob: I saw that game on Tuesday too Rob! Parker through a solid 7 innings despite the loss. ... you set yourself up for that one! :)
A Gregory Gardener September 07, 2012 at 07:30 AM
I remember how the downtowns of Berkeley, Oakland and San Francisco were all disrupted for many (!!) years as they dug the deep tunnels right through the main streets. There were plywood (?) barriers all along it. A mess! Retailers must have really suffered.
gayle goldblatt October 05, 2012 at 01:39 PM
My earliest memory of BART is September 1974. I had hitchhiked to California from Chicago and remember arriving in downtown SF to see a HUGE construction project with the streets all torn up. So I got to witness birth of BART.


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