If you have had it with those miscreants who use BART trains as their own personal bar, you know the place where they drink, pee, and fight with strangers, well, there is some hope.
BART informed its passengers that it will implement a new law that should finally give passengers a cleaner, safer, and more peaceful ride home. Assembly Bill 716, which was officially passed last year, allows BART to issue a "prohibition order," meaning it can (and will) ban anyone who commits a criminal offense on BART property. That ban could last anywhere between 30 days and 1 year, depending on the crime.
There's some wiggle room to still be kinda bad and ride BART; for smaller infractions such as defacing property or pooping on the escalator, you'll have to accrue three citations within a period of 90 days before you're actually banned from the transit agency, according to BART. Now if you have a natural proclivity for more serious crimes such as shooting, knifing, or beating other passengers and/or employees, it'll only take one time for you to get slapped with a BART ban.
The reason for the new law is pretty clear: BART has become a breeding ground for violence and bad behavior. In one recent case, a man pushed his way into a booth and beat the station agent severely, according to BART.
If you have some personal feelings about this ban, BART invites you to attend one of its many community meetings next month. There you can complain until you are blue in the face. Afterward, BART will take your feedback and then start training its cops and other selected BART personnel on the new law. The prohibition will be fully implemented in May.
Here's a list of the upcoming community meetings:
Monday, Feb. 11, 6 p.m.
BART Citizen Review Board
BART Board Room -- Kaiser Center
344 20th St., third floor, Oakland
(two blocks from the 19th Street /Oakland BART Station)
Wednesday, Feb. 13, 6:30 p.m.
San Francisco Mental Health Board
Department of Public Health
101 Grove, Room 300, San Francisco
(two blocks from the Civic Center/UN Plaza BART Station)
Contra Costa County
Thursday, Feb. 28, 6:30 p.m.
Contra Costa County Mental Health Commission
El Cerrito City Hall Council Chambers
10890 San Pablo, El Cerrito
(five blocks from the El Cerrito del Norte BART Station)