BART to Start Banning Peeing and Pooping Criminals From its Trains Today

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Making an example of himself
Back in January, we warned you that BART would start coming down hard on those miscreants who think it's okay to pee, poop, and stab people on their way home. Four months should have given you plenty of time to potty train yourself.

Let's just hope, because today, no more. BART is cutting the cord and officially banning those of you who can't seem to hold it ... together. The transit agency's new anti-gross law goes into effect today: Assembly Bill 716, which 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.

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In other words, if you are busted holding up trains, assaulting workers or commuters, being lewd and lascivious (masturbating), selling drugs, scrawling missives on BART property, or just bothering others, then you'll be walking home.

Sadly, people will still be able to pick their nose and get away with it.

The ban could last anywhere between 30 days and 1 year, depending on the crime.

However, there is some wiggle room to continue being kinda gross and still 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 trains, BART says.

For those of you more advanced morons -- those who stab, shoot, or beat others -- you only get one chance before BART boots you from the train permanently.

What you probably don't know is that BART already has a "cumbersome" process of keeping bad people at bay, although it doesn't work that well. To date some 130 people are on the "stay-away" list. However, Kenton Rainey, BART police chief, told the Chronicle last week that he expects this list to grow longer under the new law.

So if you see someone squatting in the corner holding a knife, go ahead and call BART police at (510) 464-7000 and hope that your next BART ride home will be just a little more humane.




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21 comments
bollybiy
bollybiy

Gee, where I live, if you stab, shoot or beat someone, they arrest you, and the penalty is a bit more stiff than losing your public transport privileges for a month.

yelp.kae
yelp.kae

And how are they going to accomplish this banning? The stations are barely manned as it is. And with the upcoming contract negotiations, the high paid higher ups will start putting strain on the system and blaming the workers to garner support for cuts. Many people do not realize BART is a for-profit, private business, not a gov't owned public transit utility.
 I would love BART to be cleaner, safer, less crowded, to be able to have a seat for the 20+ minutes I am on it. I just don't see those exec's reaching into their pockets to make this happen.

forrealydoe
forrealydoe

Where the fuck did "stab people" come from

john.drefahl
john.drefahl

Believe it or not, Bart spends a ridiculous amount of money every quarter to clean the Civic Center escalators of human feces.  I hate to say this, but some of these people should just be put in a zoo.

jensvalk
jensvalk

Totally agree that it's about time.  However, it's also about time they re-open the restrooms in BART (and Muni) stations.  They claim that they're closed due to the threat of terrorism.  BS.  There are plenty of other countries (the UK comes to mind) that have been living with frequent terrorist acts a helluva lot longer than we have, and they still manage to provide a place for passengers to relieve themselves - other than the trains, escalators and platforms.

vanderleun
vanderleun

Why can't they just hold it until they get to the Folsom Street Fair where it will not only be protected but relished?

Rachel Anne Rhodes
Rachel Anne Rhodes

It IS about time, however how do you keep people off the trains?

Eric C Rader
Eric C Rader

Oh, this is not going to be Politically Correct! BART cops do not enforce the rules, anyway.

Richard McKenna
Richard McKenna

How about bart instal some toilets on the trains !! problem solved next!!

塞繆塞繆
塞繆塞繆

What before people can pissss and take a shit?? The cops should have stopped this along time ago.

Stan James
Stan James

@ Jack Craziness knows no age. Most of the crazies that ride the train, aren't going anywhere in particular, so banning them would not be an issue. Lets see how this pans out! My complaint is about the solicitors on the trains. I see them all the time from 12 noon to 3:00pm on the trains that run from Oakland to Fremont!

yelp.kae
yelp.kae

@forrealydoe They don't call Pittsburg/Bay Point "Gunsburg/Knife Point" for no reason.  They avoid press of the crimes that happen on BART, but there are those "hide your cell phones and pay attention to your surroundings" signs for a reason.

yelp.kae
yelp.kae

@john.drefahl Does BART pay for that? Or Cal Trans?

It is so bad, they stop working. A large percentage of the maintenance of escalators being out of service is due to the feces

yelp.kae
yelp.kae

@jensvalk There are occasional ones still open. They are closed so they don't have to cover the costs of stocking, cleaning, and maintenance.

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