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Loudspeakers…

BART loudspeaker

…at train stations. Richmond BART above and Davis Amtrak below.

The problem I have with the BART station loudspeakers is that they rarely have useful information for me. While it’s great to know that the elevator at the East Lansing, Michigan station is out of order and that only your vigilance on BART can protect you from theft, these messages don’t really add a lot of value to my commute or my day.

The Amtrak loudspeakers, on the other hand, have a tendency to just out and out lie. You’ll get an announcement that your train is coming in three minutes, then three minutes will pass and you’ll get an announcement that your train is coming in another minute. Another minute passes; another new announcement; another new arrival time. Really, it’s the lies that hurt.

Amtrak loudspeaker

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