When you’re enjoying free bus rides on AC Transit with your Class Pass you might notice that a lot of locals have a card that they tap against a reader when they board — that’s what makes all those beeping sounds. That card their using is called the Clipper Card, and it has a lot more uses than just AC Transit. Clipper Cards are read more »


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The escalators at the Civic Center BART have been operating poorly for the past few months. The cause? Shit. Literally. read more »


BART hall of fame

The Clog, much like every other Bay Area resident, has a love-hate relationship with the BART. The “hate” part is what has prompted the creation of the Facebook group, BART Idiot Hall of Fame, where Bay denizens lambast commuters who fail to follow proper public transportation decorum. read more »


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The BART trains failed us last Thursday. We couldn’t make it back to the East Bay. As indicated many times by the scratchy voice of the conductor, Embarcadero Street was our “last stop.”

Even though we couldn’t reach our intended destination, the BART managed to leave us at the mecca of local artists. The San Francisco Arts & Crafts Market at Justin Herman Plaza is held daily throughout the year. For the entire day, local artists sell their unique crafts to the Bay denizens.

We looked at a few local vendors at the fair. read more »


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Spring break is finally here (a shining beacon of light comes down from the heavens and a chorus sings “Hallelujah!”). The only thing separating us from the friends, family and sleep at the end of the tunnel is the San Francisco International Airport. Here is our report from the field:

7:00 p.m: Arrive at the BART station. Dragging our suitcases down the stairs at the station causes a lot of eyes to land on us. The embarrassment finally ends when we get to the bottom, but then we notice that the train has just arrived! Is this the one we want? Where do we transfer? We don’t have time to worry because we either get on here or wait for the next one, and we hate waiting, so we jump on.

7:15 p.m: We have the right train and we are on our way! Just transferred at MacArthur station and there are so many people on the train that a certain black suitcase keeps getting in people’s way, falling and causing them to trip (ok, it was our suitcase but the BART is shaky!). The world seems to move so fast when you are on BART. From the window, SF looks like an Impressionist painting, as we only catch a glimpse of the blurred city landscape. Looking at our watch, we see that we still have about 45 minutes till we reach the airport and our plane leaves at 9:25 p.m. We are not following the parent’s advise of getting there at LEAST two hours early. Hope there are no bumps along the way!

8:00 p.m: We have made it to the airport! Now we find our way to the futuristic tram with the soothing robot voice that takes us to our terminal. Maybe we have read too many science-fiction novels, but that’s how we see it.

8: 20 p.m: read more »


The most important constitutional right to Berkeley residents would undoubtedly be the right to protest. Naturally, any policy set in place that inhibits our freedom toBART express our distress will raise outcry among Bay Area denizens.

Interestingly enough, the BART Board of Directors is scheduled to discuss a policy allowing temporary disruption of cell phone services if “there is evidence that cellphones are being used to disrupt public transit services, destroy BART property or endanger commuters.”

Ooh, we here at the Clog can already tell that’s not gonna fly too well. read more »


bart seatsFact: BART seats are disgusting. The dark-stains, the uncomfortable scratchy cloth, and the knowledge that the fecal and skin-borne bacteria on the seats are antibiotic resistant prompts the germophobes here at the Clog to stand during train rides.

But now is the time to breathe a sigh of relief, to rejoice and shout hallelujah to the Heavens! For BART is remodeling its seats at last. read more »


St. George SpiritsIf you’re 21 and over, and looking for a break from studies, or just an evening outside Berkeley, head on down to Alameda to taste some premium Californian wines and spirits.

Formerly home to a U.S. naval base, Alameda Island and its drinking spots have a chic industrial feel and a stunning atmosphere during sunset sessions. It’s packed with delectable wineries, distilleries, breweries and of course nice eateries.

As a starting point, read more »


Never done 3D at a football games.

Apparently, the fine folks at ESPN do not read the Clog. Shame, because if they had, they’d be aware that 3D technology has been proven to cause “eyestrain, fatigue and headaches,” all of which we’re not really that fond of.

As if watching movies in 3D doesn’t suck enough, ESPN 3D has announced that two Cal football games — Oct. 6 at Oregon and Oct. 13 against USC — will broadcast in 3D.

To see the games, you’ll need a very pricey 3D-ready TV, meaning you can’t just sit at a bar wearing flimsy 3D glasses and expect anything to happen (although that would be extremely amusing to see). read more »


yarnYou may recall (or can’t forget) the recent findings about the wonderful inhabitants of BART seats. But preliminary vaccinations (if they would even work) may not be necessary for all BART riders.

Providing at least a small shield between you and the hoards hordes of bacteria, local yarn-bomber Streetcolor has knitted two seats on BART in an effort to brighten up what can be a dreary ride.

Here’s to hoping that we’re fortunate enough to score one of these lovely seats.

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A yarn-bombed seat on the Berkeley-San Francisco BART [Berkeleyside]


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