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This morning, BART service was unavailable during rush hour due to a problem with its computer system. The result: congestion, chaos, and cranky commuters.
As one thwarted rider told the San Francisco Chronicle, "At least a BART strike was predictable. You could plan ahead."
We all know how uncomfortable it is to try to squeeze BART’s 400,000 daily commuters onto the region’s roads, buses, and ferries. After two multi-day strikes and other service interruptions this year, Bay Area commuters frustrated with the lack of reliability and increased gridlock that are the all-too-familiar hallmarks of a BART shutdown.
But what’s really frightening is that without a shift of spending priorities, mornings like today will only become more frequent. Years of approving costly expansions instead of investing in...