Yesterday was hard for us in the IllumiBARTi, wasn’t it? We thought we were going to know when we could (finally) use our TransLink cards on BART, then that information was snatched away. Snatched!

You might recall that, to try to avoid emails from Akit questioning the aggression of our reporting get to the bottom on a question we’ve been asked several times since this whole waiting game began, we asked BART spokesperson Luna Salaver “Is BART management holding TransLink hostage until after negotiations are completed?”

As you might recall, she said “The status of the TransLink implementation and BART’s current labor negotiations are not related.”

‘Round midnight last night, BART spokesperson Linton Johnson (you know him from teh TV, folks) weighed in, saying “Generally, even if there’s no truth to a rumor, the rumor at least makes logical sense. In this case, however, I don’t see the connection between
contract negotiations and Translink. I’m curious, what would be the connection?” he went on to say “You could say TransLink implementation and labor negotiations have about as
much in common as a lamp post and a rock.”

Hey, you guys, Linton Johnson is curious about theories we’ve all been floating about why TL is taking so godamned long! So here’s what we want you to do — post your “BART is intentionally delaying TransLink because…” conspiracy theory in the comments (or, if you’re shy, email us). Best one, judged by a panel of SF Appeal staffers drinking beers, will win a bunch of Appeal swag.

Tin hats: ON!

the author

Eve Batey is the editor and publisher of the San Francisco Appeal. She used to be the San Francisco Chronicle's Deputy Managing Editor for Online, and started at the Chronicle as their blogging and interactive editor. Before that, she was a co-founding writer and the lead editor of SFist. She's been in the city since 1997, presently living in the Outer Sunset with her husband, cat, and dog. You can reach Eve at

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