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.

Victor Li September 07, 2012 at 05:19 PM
And each time I rode BART, I think I haven't seen much changes since the early 2000s.
Tom Abate September 07, 2012 at 07:48 PM
I agree. Though the new cars may make a difference as they come into service.
tony santos September 07, 2012 at 08:20 PM
i have riddenBART since it opened-mistake San Leandro Council made was not forcing BART under ground as it was done in Berkeley-further communities should have forced BART to use rubber wheels and not steel in order to quiet the system-i voted for BART in 1962-it has been a terrific asset for me over the years-
Victor Li September 07, 2012 at 11:23 PM
By the way, I forgot to mention Berkeley.
Patti (Zemola) Erdely September 12, 2012 at 01:39 PM
While in 5th or 6th grade my class went on a Field trip to Bart which also included the Control Center. Bart was new and everything was clean and well maintained. It was soon after it was put into operation. I remember watching those big stanchens being built whle on my way to the orthodontist every month. Gosh, I am old, but I was young then.:)


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