Throwback Thursday: Nixon visits BART

By Mark Prado
President Nixon on BART
President Nixon, wife Pat and BART General Manager B.R. Stokes ride a train on Sept. 27, 1972

Soon after BART opened on Sept. 11, 1972, President Richard Nixon paid a visit and heaped praise on the fledgling system.

He released a statement congratulating the parties involved in the project, commending the cooperation of municipalities and counties for “setting an example for the Nation,” the Richard Nixon Foundation noted.

“The foresight, initiative, and constructive partnership demonstrated by the cities and counties which have joined in planning and building BART over the past two decades prove that workable new answers can be found for urban problems,” he said.

Peter Hartlaub of the San Francisco Chronicle wrote a nice piece a few years back on the Nixon visit.  



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