BART Turns 40!
September 11th, 1972– the day BART began running trains between Fremont and Oakland. Forty years later and the backbone of the Bay Area’s transportation network is still running strong, and still expanding. In honor of the momentous milestone, here is a round up of some vintage views of BART:
Pages from Life Magazine, August 1972. Photo credit: brian kusler
Proposed Bay Area Rapid Transit System, February 1961 Plan. Photo credit: Eric Fischer
Promotional photos and renderings of BART, from San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit: An Investment in the Future, 1967. Image credit: Eric Fischer
BART promotional photo of operator’s cab prototype circa 1965. Image credit: Eric Fischer
Michael Douglas searches for the bad guy, on location at the 16th Street Mission BART station, in this photo from the 1970’s tv series Streets of San Francisco. Image credit: Todd Lappin
Old BART tickets. Photo credit: Michael Mandiberg
Check out that BART logo, from 1967! Image credit: Eric Fischer
For more BART memories check out these links:
- The BART logo from 1958
- The BART system map from 1961
- Along the Way, a BART video from 1968
- An amazing collection of photos in SF Gate’s “The Birth of BART“
- SF Chronicle gives a brief history of BART’s origin with some iconic pictures, including one of President Nixon riding, in “BART, at 40, looks to build on triumphs“
- BART’s 40th Anniversary Pintrest Board
- A slideshow of 25 great vintage pics over Huffington Post
- One family’s story of BART on opening day via SF BART.
How has BART’s 40 years of service been for you– any memories you’d like to share? Let us know in the comments!