All aboard Royce's fifth birthday party
BART is a big part of Royce White’s day — and not because the 5-year-old rides it regularly, but because the transit system’s San Leandro Station is across the street from his elementary school. Watching the comings and goings of daily commuters got him thinking that he was missing out and even prompted him to request that his birthday be held on BART.
“Royce had wanted to hold his party on BART, cupcakes and all, and I told him people don’t have parties on BART. He insisted, so one morning we arrived at the gates before I dropped him off for school and he pointed to the crowds waiting to board and said, ‘See, they’re having a party,’” his mom Angel Smith said.
Recently, Royce’s request materialized, and although cupcakes on the train weren’t part of the plan, he still got to ride the train, hear the operator announce his birthday, and take a picture with him. He also got to share his excitement for BART with friends and family. Smith coordinated a “Day of Transit”, making the San Leandro Station the starting point for a trip through the Transbay Tube to the Embarcadero Station, where they then hopped on a ferry and headed to Oakland’s Jack London Square for an afternoon of bowling.
Conversation topics included wide-eyed observations like, “I can’t believe it’s moving all by itself”, “I hope to see sea creatures”, and “when are my ears going to pop”. It was a fun day for those involved — even for fellow riders who found their enthusiasm infectious.