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BART to the Future: A Tour of Modern Transit in the Bay Area [with Atlas Obscura]

  • Glen Park Station (map)
Photo of BART train entering Glen Park

You'll never look at a BART station the same way again! Today, the Bay Area Rapid Transit system runs 129 million trips annually. When BART opened to the public in 1972, it was the culmination of decades of planning, design, and construction. Many of us have passed through BART stations hundreds or even thousands of times without ever considering the history and design of the system, so on Saturday, February 4th, we'll look at BART with fresh eyes!

In partnership with the Northern California Chapter of DOCOMOMO US, we'll learn about the history, Mid-Century Modern design, and construction techniques of the system. The tour will visit several BART stations designed by prominent local Modern architects including Ernest Born, SOM, and Gardner Dailey. In between stations, attendees can peruse pamphlets that we'll provide on additional system components, including graphics, industrial design and public artwork.


  • Gather in front of Glen Park Bart Station at 9:45am on Saturday, February 4th.

  • Tour starts promptly at 10am and lasts approximately 3 hours, including stops in San Francisco, Oakland and Berkeley. The tour will officially end at Downtown Berkeley.

  • Optional no-host socializing at Jupiter brew house and restaurant after the tour.

  • The ticket price includes your BART fare for the tour. (Although you'll have to take care of your own trip home.)

  • Advance Tickets Only. All Sales Final. No Refunds or Exchanges.

If you have any questions, please contact your friendly local San Francisco Obscura Society chapter head, Bart, at

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