BART riders with disabilities say the new fleet -- expected to roll out in the next two years -- actually offers less access for them. Specifically, the new design has added handhold poles in the middle of the entry ways, giving standing passengers something to hang onto while the train is moving.
But that pole is blocking the ability for wheelchair users and other riders with disabilities to access handicap seating, says Jessie Lorenz, executive director of Independent Living Resource Center San Francisco, which serves 5,000 people in San Francisco.
The issue has motivated passengers with disabilities and activists to protest the grand opening of the new BART fleet tomorrow afternoon.
"Our message is simple: they need to remove the damn poles," Lorenz tells SF Weekly.More »