BART- On Thursday April 14th the BART Board voted 5-4 in favor of the following motion as proposed by Director Joel Keller:
First off, one ticket = one seat seams to be the most basic logic you can come by but we had four board members vote no?
I also don't think this is that much of a problem. For a year I rode BART at peak commuting hours and those cabins get packed. The kind of packed where if you don't have a seat all you can do during the ride is look down at your feet/phone and try not to touch the five people that are within an inch of you. If you're riding BART during peak hours and attempting to take up two seats I just don't think you get away with it.
The only people that do take up two seats are the homeless. On the morning rides, they are still sleeping in the back row of the cabin, which quite literally doubles as there bedroom. These dudes...
I don't think any sane person is walking up to the homeless and yelling at them to quit taking up two seats. You just don't fuck with the homeless people in San Francisco, they are the most active homeless people in the world. I once had a homeless dude follow me from my apartment to the BART station on his bike screaming at me.
Say you do wake them up and they shift over... then what? You're going to sit next to the homeless dude who has probably shit himself in the last 24 hours? No way. You just stay standing and try to keep your nostrils closed.
So there really is just no way this vote matters. It is just lip service to some people who complained I guess. No civilians are going to make the homeless people stop using BART as there home. No one is going to walk through the cabins during peak hours (which is impossible to do anyway) and hand out citations. Can't even imagine what a homeless dude does when he gets handed a fine for 100 dollars. Laughs? Uses it as toilet paper? Asks if he can be arrested instead so he has a bed, shower and meal for the night?
Appreciate the effort here BART board members but you're not fooling anyone. If you want to make BART better here are some suggestions.
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