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01/28/2008  — 

Break-ins at Lafayette BART Station

A BART police officer approached us this morning at the casual carpool line to ask for help with spotting thieves in the parking lot. He said that there's been a rash of thefts at the Lafayette station. The bad guys are going for catalytic converters on Toyota trucks as well as the ocasional stereo.

The officer asks anyone with info to call in the detaiks to the BART Police: (877) 679-7000.

01/18/2008  — 

CC, the Casual Carpool

I've been commuting into San Francisco from the 'burbs for the past few years. I'm in the 'bridge and tunnel' set -- a moniker that references two of the worst hazards in the bay area. As commutes go it's not the worst in the world but it has little to celebrate between the time spent, cost, and carbon footprint.

At least I have options. The bart reaches my town. One unanticipated option is the Casual Carpool. Using CC, a driver can pick up two riders and get into the carpool lane in the bridge. Riders & driver benefit.

I heard about the CC a while ago; I heard about the rules:

  • The carpool is free
  • Keep the chitchat to a minimum
  • Keep the radio low
  • No coffee in the car
  • Drivers, keep your car clean
  • The driver decides the route

Which as it turns out, is pretty close to the 'official rules and etiquette'. I've met some nice folks from my neighborhood and learned some handy shortcuts on the way to the city.

Find a CC pickup location near you and give it a try sometime.