More seats needed on new BART cars 

"BART releases new features of future train car fleet," The City, June 14

More seats needed on new BART cars

I just wanted to comment on your recent article about the design currently being circulated for the new BART railcars.

I was appalled. Going on the image included in the article and assuming that it was taken at the far end of the mockup, I am calculating that these new cars will have a total of 28 seats. I did a count this morning and counted 60 seats per railcar now. In other words, they are reducing seating by more than 50 percent.

Already, with 60 seats in a car, seats are filled by the time the train pulls out of Concord at 6:30 a.m. People standing on the platforms at Pleasant Hill, Walnut Creek, Lafayette and Orinda, when seeing that all seats are filled, will stand back and wait for the next train with hopes that there are seats available then.

The only reason I can fathom that BART would be interested in increased standing room on their cars would be to cater to more bicyclists. But by trying to squeeze on bicyclists with their bikes, they potentially have the consequence of REDUCING the number of riders because of the space taken up by the bicycles themselves.

So my plea to BART: please, put the seats back in. Otherwise you are on course to see that ever-growing commuter base say "screw this!" and head back to their cars.

Jeff Rabb,

Concord

•"More funding still needed to fight HIV/AIDS," Opinion, Sunday

Safe-sex habits lacking

I applaud your campaign to fight HIV/AIDS. However, all the money in the world isn't going to prevent new cases until the public changes its attitudes. When people with active and varied sexual activities cease to perform unsafe practices with strangers and without condoms, HIV and AIDS will cease to be spread to such a great extent.

We, the gay men of the baby boomer age, have known that since 1975. Those so young they believe themselves invulnerable, of all genders, should know it since there's been sufficient publication of the facts. The people of all countries MUST accept personal responsibility. They must learn to ask their potential partner for the night his or her status. Individuals must always take responsibility for their actions, because society may have to foot the bill for their foolishness.

Allan Edgars,

San Francisco

•"San Francisco family homeless shelter plan blasted," The City, Friday

Tighten shelter eligibility

Once again, some members of the Board of Supervisors and The City's homeless advocates are showing their total disrespect for the taxpayers who pay the bills. Contrary to supervisors' and advocates' misguided beliefs, San Francisco taxpayers should not be held responsible for sheltering and supporting nonresident homeless who migrate to The City in order to receive services.

The common-sense eligibility requirements proposed by Human Services Agency Director Trent Rhorer are reasonable and should be adopted immediately.

Howard Epstein,

San Francisco

•"S.F. faces $542 million in penalties over gas nozzles," The City, June 12

Rules apply to City Hall too

The $542 million gas pump fine is a result of arrogance. People at City Hall don't think the laws apply to their offices. Now, all The City's taxpayers will pay for that arrogance.

It's enough to make a lifelong Democrat begin to listen to the tea party.

Doug O'Neill,

San Francisco

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