Bart: El Cerrito Plaza Station (GCQW18)
by TheAprilFools

Cache Type: Geocache|Traditional Cache GCQW18 (Visit Cache Page)
N 37° 54.037 W 122° 17.949
( 37.90061666666667, -122.29915 )

Location: California, United States
Hidden: 2005-10-06
Cache Size: Cache Size: Micro
Difficulty: Difficulty full-point  Terrain: Terrain full-point

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A film can hidden hidden in a typical way in a shopping center next to the bart station, but you can see the station from the cache site. Bring your own pen.

This series of caches is intended as a tribute to the BART system. Each cache is placed in an area that is easy to access and is not placed near the station itself or the tracks.

A rapid transit system in the San Francisco Bay Area was first proposed in 1946 by Bay Area business leaders concerned with increased post-war migration and congestion in the region. The idea of an underwater electric rail tube was deemed the best solution in conjunction with a multiple-county rapid transit rail system.

However, it was not until the 1950s that the actual planning for a rapid transit system would begin. In 1951, California Legislature created the San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit Commission to study the Bay Area's long term transportation needs. The commission's 1957 final recommended that the cheapest solution to reduce traffic tie-ups was to form a rapid transit district, that would build and operate a high-speed rapid rail system linking the cities with the suburbs.

BART construction officially began on June 19, 1964. President Lyndon Johnson presided over the ground-breaking ceremonies at a 4.4 mile (7.1 km) test track between Concord and Walnut Creek in Contra Costa County.

BART began regular passenger service on September 11, 1972. The Transbay Tube opened nearly two years later on September 16, 1974.

Today the BART system comprises 104 miles (167 km) of track and 43 stations and carried 323,213 daily riders in 2004.

BART uses a non-standard 5 feet, 6 inch (1.676 m) rail gauge (broad gauge). This unusual gauge was selected to provide greater stability (including on a planned Golden Gate Bridge route) and a smoother ride for its relatively lightweight aluminum and fiberglass cars, as well as for political and economic reasons.

Trains achieve a maximum speed of 80 mph (129 km/h), and provide a systemwide average speed of 33 mph (53 km/h) between stations, with 20-second station dwell times. Trains operate at a minimum length of three cars (per California Public Utility Commission guidelines) to a maximum length of 10 cars, spanning the entire 700-foot length of a platform. Trains in the BART system are also referred to as "consists"; both words are interchangeable.

The coordinates where checked using two GPSr's and were allowed to settle until they both matched. Initial contents include Steve Martin Buttons #804 and 805.

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