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‘BART Strike’ Muscles its Way to Top Bay Area Search Term in 2013

| December 17, 2013
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A BART train sits idle at Millbrae station on July 3, 2013 during a worker walkout. (Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

A BART train sits idle at Millbrae station on July 3 during a worker walkout. (Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

It’s that time again — when all kinds of end-of-year lists start appearing in media (sigh). But here’s one we actually found interesting:

In three Bay Area cities (Oakland, Berkeley and San Francisco) that rely heavily on the public transit service, searches on the phrase BART strike spiked as the top-trending search term of the year.

While such search magnets as celebrity deaths (Paul Walker and Cory Monteith, RIP) and Powerball ranked high, the fact that the uber-newsy BART strike aced out those and the other usual suspects confirmed what we experienced here at KQED News.

Our own coverage of the two transit strikes and a narrowly averted third one generated the heaviest interest among those who follow our regional online news coverage.

Four topics appeared across Google’s top 10 lists for all five cities we requested data for — San Jose, Oakland, Berkeley, Sacramento and San Francisco.

They included Walker and Monteith’s deaths, the Boston Marathon explosion, and the iPhone 5s.

Northern California
– Top Trending Search Terms in 2013 for Five Northern California Cities (Google)

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David Weir is Senior Editor, Online News for KQED. He is a veteran journalist who co-founded the Center for Investigative Reporting, and was a reporter, writer and editor at numerous media companies, including Rolling Stone, Salon, Wired Digital, California Magazine, Mother Jones, 7x7, and Excite@Home. He has published four books and his articles have appeared in many publications including The Economist, The New York Times, New York Magazine, The Nation, LA Weekly, San Jose Mercury News, Wired News and Salon. Reach David Weir at david.a.weir@gmail.com.
  • Craig Thomas Yates

    When will independent investigation be conduct on BART Employees union members responsible for maintenance safety checks of all BART Trains equipment, public records.