One woman's shoe, presumably a spiky heel, got stuck in a BART escalator Monday morning, leading a domino effect of platform crowding that forced rush-hour trains to skip Embarcadero Station. One imagines this woman is kind of embarrassed about this still.
As CBS 5 reports, the woman's shoe got caught in the escalator around 9 a.m., causing the escalator to get temporarily shut down. Embarcadero Station being as deep underground as it is, nobody wanted to take the stairs, and this led a mass of commuters arriving on a string of trains in both directions to head for the only working escalator, which then became overwhelmed and created gridlock and a crowd of no-doubt pissed-off people backed up on the station platform.
Further creating a shitty Monday for even more people, trains subsequently started skipping Embarcadero Station, causing downtown workers to have to get off en masse at Montgomery Station, and forcing a lot of extra walking. Also, the issue created delays throughout the system at the busiest time of the morning.
The only thing that would have made this worse is if it had been raining.
Meanwhile, as the Chronicle reports, there was a press conference in Frank Ogawa Plaza in Oakland in support of the BART bond measure, Prop RR, with Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom, Rep. Barbara Lee, and Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf all speaking in favor of the measure. The conference seemed aimed mainly at countering recent comments by state Sen. Steve Glazer (D-Orinda), who's been speaking out against Prop RR and blaming BART for its own mismanagement.