The Mark of a True Bay Area Local? Weeping on BART

Add shedding tears in an underground tunnel to your to-cry list of places in and around San Francisco.

The San Francisco Bay Area is represented by nine counties that some 7.8 million people call home. Within the 6,966 square miles of the region, 27 public transit agencies offer residents the ability to go to and from places without needing to own a personal vehicle or an electrified bicycle. Of those agencies, BART is the most used, carrying roughly 170,000 passengers per week.

Since its inception in 1972, BART has evolved to be a vital part of the regional culture and economy. And, to be honest: It’s also become both a badge of honor and a talking point for any self-knighted Bay Area local. Bemoaning about commuting delays and sharing weird-as-fuck, adorable stories riding the rapid transit network — remember when a miniature horse hitched a ride on BART back in 2019? — can serve as jumping points into friendships.

But above all, there may be no more of a quintessential Bay Area experience than crying on BART. (Or, in our case, shedding tears on BART after stupidly texting an ex “heya, hope you’re well.”)

A recent tweet from writer and poet Abraham Woodliff sharing that sentiment seems to have struck a chord with locals since he published it the morning of December 13th.

“People say they’re Bay Area locals and haven’t even cried on BART yet,” reads the tweet. “SMH!”

The relatable string of words has since garnered hundreds of likes on the social media website; a screenshot of the tweet shared by Broke-Ass Stuart on Instagram has also enjoyed similar hyperlocal virality, with commentators relating the assertion; our favorite might be “crying on [BART] is great because everyone leaves you alone.”

We can’t help but nod effusively at Woodliffs cementing Tweet. If you’re feeling particularly somber and vulnerable and awash with emotions, consider also crying on a San Francisco cable car next time you feel your tear ducts wetting.

Feature image: Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons via InvadingInvader

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