It’s a frustrating scenario that many BART riders have endured. You’re dashing down the escalator at, say, Powell Street station in downtown San Francisco , only to discover that your Antioch-bound train isn’t coming for another 20 minutes — if it’s not canceled altogether. Or maybe you left something important back at your apartment or at work and need to go retrieve it before you head to your destination. Either way, you tag out and exit the station without ever riding a train and find that your Clipper card is charged with a $6.40 “excursion fare” regardless. The fee was introduced at BART in the 1970s with the intention of preventing some forms of fare evasion and establishing a set cost for tourists and transit fans who wanted to take BART without a specific destination in mind. Today, those commutes account for just 1% of all BART trips, according to an executive decision document the transit agency shared with SFGATE. BART also found in its 2022 fiscal year ridership … [Read more...] about BART just adopted a major policy change to address excursion fare fee
Months ago, in what now feels like another era, publishers planning their 2020 schedules hoped to avoid releasing books in the fall, typically the industry’s biggest season. Editors and writers worried that new releases would be lost in the deluge of political news leading up to the presidential election, so publishers jammed some of their biggest titles into the spring. Now, a reverse exodus of sorts is taking place. Publishers are pushing back the release of dozens of books to summer and fall, in hopes that by then the coronavirus outbreak will be waning, bookstores will reopen, and authors will be able to tour and promote their work. Some of the most anticipated titles of the spring have been delayed by weeks or months — including the latest by the best-selling children’s book author Jeff Kinney, literary novels by Graham Swift and Ottessa Moshfegh, and nonfiction books by Representative Eric Swalwell of California, the Netflix chief executive Reed Hastings and the comedians and … [Read more...] about They Were Meant to Be the Season’s Big Books. Then the Virus Struck.
When weighing whether to tackle a role, Chiwetel Ejiofor considers just how much the thought of it rattles him. He welcomes the rattling. “If you’re worried about it, if you’re frightened by it, if you think, gosh, this is going to be tricky to pull off,” he said, “then you’re probably talking yourself towards doing the part.” “I would stay shy of terror,” he continued. “But I think that the very first feeling always has to be concern .” Ejiofor had all sorts of concerns about his lead role in the new Showtime series “The Man Who Fell to Earth,” premiering Sunday. In the show, Ejiofor plays the alien Faraday, a fish-out-of-water protagonist (in several ways, but more on that later) who comes to Earth on a mission to save his own dying planet — and, in turn, possibly ours. There was a lot to prompt concern. For one, he plays a space alien with four stomachs and zero social skills, who arrives on Earth not knowing how to walk or talk or even drink water without things … [Read more...] about Chiwetel Ejiofor Was Asked to Play a Space Alien. He Knew What to Do.