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 »


3222146897_dc3bc4e249

Oh yeah, there’s an app for that. As a master’s final project for the Berkeley School of Information, student Ljuba Miljkovic made a transportation app called “Transporter” (nothing to do with Jason Statham) that is now available on iTunes.

The app tells you the real-time departures of buses and trains, but it also goes one step further: informing you what time you will arrive at your destination once you’re in transit. It also allows you to bookmark your favorite/most used lines and stops. It works for SF MUNI, AC Transit, and BART. (Especially useful with the new bus schedule, eh?)

The man himself described the problem with transportation: “We discovered that riding public transit often produces a generalized sense of anxiety,” Miljkovic observed, “rooted perhaps in one’s loss of control.” Yeah, that or the crazy guy at the front of the bus loudly voicing his opinion that television will destroy America.

Either way, the app is FREE and you can download it here. Say thank you to Miljkovic.

Image source: marvin L under Creative Commons
Student project “Transporter” debuts on ITunes Store [UC Berkeley School of Information]