The Sonia Show

Writer. Podcaster. Beer drinker. Old movie watcher. Mother. Goober.

Taking the elevators at BART really stinks


Yeah, so, one of things we love about our hood is that it has a BART station. We just stroll down the hill, and we’re at the Glen Park BART station.

We love to take BART places, so we don’t have to worry about parking, which usually sucks ass in San Francisco. Plus, if we have been drinking, we don’t have to do the ol “I thought you were the designated driver” dance that I’m sure has ended many a marriage. Oh, and the Spawn loves taking BART, too, because it’s a train, and he’s a boy.

But there is one part of the BART riding experience that we don’t like … have you ever used an elevator at BART?

Actually, saying it smells like Bigfoot’s dick is putting it politely. It smells like the inside of a Diaper Genie that’s been to Burning Man.

It’s the worst. Sometimes the smell is so awful, we push the stroller in, push the button for the floor we want and let Calvin ride the elevator by himself while we take the escalator. I mean, why should we all suffer? I kid! Sometimes we push the stroller in the elevator and push it right back out, and we balance the stroller on the escalator.

But here’ s the thing — we have a choice. We can take our chances on the escalator. Someone in a wheelchair doesn’t really have that choice. They have to take that stink ride (that is, if the elevators are even working that day, which is a whole other story)! I feel like someone who uses a wheelchair can sue BART. It’s possible these absolutely foul elevators are a violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

I think someone was trying to warn us at the Civic Center BART station.

I think someone was trying to warn us at the Civic Center BART station.

Obviously, some people are using the BART elevators as a toilet, which is awful and sad to think about. We have rolled into some elevators that have a puddle or two, and we turn around and head to the escalator. Most of the time, we don’t see stuff like that, but you can smell it. I have mixed feelings about the person whose job it is to clean up the BART elevators. Part of me thinks they are not doing a very good job, but the other part of me thinks they probably deserve a raise, because that is a shit job – no pun intended … OK, it’s kind of intended, my apologies.


Author: The Sonia Show

I'm a writer/podcaster/mother/goober in San Francisco who likes to drink beer, shop, laugh and make other people laugh, watch old movies, feed my unhealthy obsession with pop culture, kick breast cancer's ass, go on adventures with my mighty, mighty good man David and my awesome autistic son, Calvin, wear orange and root for the San Francisco Giants, participate in general jackass-ery, talk about TV, eavesdrop on strangers' conversations, make nerdy “Star Wars” and “Simpsons” references, and post personal things about myself on the web for all to read, which makes me some sort of literary exhibitionist.

2 thoughts on “Taking the elevators at BART really stinks

  1. I use the Glen Park station often (it’s just a short ride on the 44 from my place in the Inner Sunset) and I will NEVER EVER ride the elevator there. It is gross, but also, like most BART elevators, is incredibly slow, which makes it worse.

    Interestingly, as you go south the elevators are still slow but at least don’t smell bad mostly because the elevators are all glass and offer no privacy for any smell inducing activities….

  2. The Glen Park elevator is foul, but the Civic Center one is even worse.

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