UPDATE: BART Employee Frustrated With Conditions At Concord BART Station

May 22, 2018 10:24 am · 122 comments

A station agent is speaking out about what she has to deal with at Concord BART during the early morning hours.

Here’s what the agent had to say:

‘Concord BART station at 0430. This was in the parking structure elevator (photo above). I’m the Agent at this station and even I can’t get anything done about this. BART Police does what it can, but at this time of the morning, there is ONE Officer for SIX Stations. From Bay Point all the way to Lafayette’

BART failed to respond to our questions when asked what they’re doing to help combat this problem, and whether or not police patrol the Concord BART station at night.

UPDATE: BART claims they never received an email from Claycord on Friday, so we forwarded it to them. They say the station agent did not contact the BART Police regarding this incident, and they say they have two BART cops patrolling six stations in the early morning hours, not one. They did not say what they plan to do to combat this problem at Concord BART.

Mike May 22, 2018 at 10:26 AM

It’s interesting how you use the term “failed”. Did you give them time to respond or are you just to blast Bart PD without giving them time to respond?

CLAYCORD.com May 22, 2018 at 10:30 AM

Almost four days.

Fred P. May 22, 2018 at 11:16 AM

It’s not as though these are isolated incidents that crop up once every year or so – it’s an ongoing problem at most stations.

Hans May 22, 2018 at 11:58 AM

And they said Bart failed to respond, not Bart PD

RDS May 22, 2018 at 12:07 PM

There are junkies shooting up in BART elevators and you’re going to take CLAYCORD to task for how long they waited for a response? How about taking BART and BART Police to task for allowing it to get this bad in the first place??? Jeez. Priorities.

RSD May 22, 2018 at 12:52 PM

Mike, you sound like part of the problem. “did you give them enough time to respond” really?

Cryin' Chuck May 22, 2018 at 9:01 PM

Mike is one of those bleeding heart liberals. No one blasted BART PD. Why don’t you reread the article.

NinjaNurse May 22, 2018 at 10:29 AM

OMG!!! Absolutely disgusting! I would have been really scared to be in that elevator with that guy and also take a picture! Just another reason to convince me to not ride BART! Sounds like they are very understaffed.

Silva May 22, 2018 at 1:23 PM

The picture is taken from the outside. That’s the door frame on the far left.

JDH May 22, 2018 at 10:29 AM

BART is a disaster. The state should fire the Board of Directors and take it over. Caltrans running it would be an improvement.

TheWatchingMom May 22, 2018 at 4:01 PM

I don’t think that public agencies are good at anything and no, Caltrans taking over it would be another type of disaster! 🙁

NoMoreFreeRide May 22, 2018 at 10:32 AM

That’s OK they can pay a janitor $400k a year but not get more police.

ManBearPig May 22, 2018 at 11:16 AM

In their defense, that Employee’s pay was inflated through a massive amount of overtime. He would work 6-7 days a week for more than 12 hours and cover every extra shift he could sign up for.

Bart doesn’t seem to have enough staff to cover their properties.

Fred P. May 22, 2018 at 11:24 AM

I think the term “work” was an exaggeration. Wasn’;t he the one that was hiding in the janitor’s closet for hours at a time?

SF oh May 22, 2018 at 5:20 PM

Hey, if a guy is doing his job as a janitor on BART – he deserves every dime he gets.

Cowellian May 22, 2018 at 5:29 PM

The whole point is that he isn’t doing his job! He was collecting overtime while sleeping in the closet.

SF oh May 22, 2018 at 5:39 PM

@Cowellian – I was being sarcastic…… Can you imagine having a job cleaning a BART station? You’d need a hazmat suit! That’s why I said – if he’s doing his job as a BART janitor, he deserves the money.

Original G May 22, 2018 at 5:43 PM

WHY should managers care if overtime is abused ? ? ?
When was last time a manager at BART was fired ?

After all it’s not their money being spent on OT pay, it’s YOUR money.

BART needs to be privatized as was done over in Japan.

Cowellian May 22, 2018 at 5:57 PM

Do we have any lawyers here? I know that BART employees can’t be fired, but I’d like to know if a janitor be sued for malpractice.

Why Am I Always Hungry May 23, 2018 at 2:15 AM

ManBearPig, what are they cleaning for 12 hours a day? Definitely not the trains, restrooms, trashcans, benches, or elevators.

Reality says... May 22, 2018 at 10:34 AM

100 yards away from the Concord police station, this should not be happening. Concord BART should be the cleanest station of all.

BART and CPD need to collaborate better. Why can’t CPD designate a few officers to stop by here on shift changes? It’s CPD, they still send 3 cop cars to car accidents – I think they have plenty of time to help here. All you need is increased presence and they move on.

What about hiring more security vs. more BART PD?

ManBearPig May 22, 2018 at 11:13 AM

Bart PD is the responsible agency to police Bart property. It’s not the City of Concord’s responsibility to police another jurisdiction’s territory because Bart cannot or will not hire enough staff to maintain their properties.

Jojo Potato May 22, 2018 at 11:17 AM

You would think a couple of CPD could get out of their chairs and patrol the BART parking. Does that hurt the BART cops feelings or something? But remember this is the police department that had a brothel operating within view of their “palace” in 2005.

Insider May 22, 2018 at 1:40 PM

Concord PD can’t patrol and enforce laws in BART PD territory. There’s no jurisdiction. It’s basic stuff. Time for some civics instruction.

Reality says... May 22, 2018 at 2:04 PM

This doesn’t have to be a territory issue – that’s a cop out and BS excuse to not enforce or come up with a creative solution. Look at the partnership the Sheriffs and LAPD have in assisting METRO…it’s been in place for years and is very effective.

detgfrsh May 22, 2018 at 2:49 PM

Could be changed so that both BART and city police have jurisdiction over the stations. That might be the best solution given how utterly useless BART police are.

T-Rex May 22, 2018 at 10:38 AM

Gee. Thanks for letting everyone know there is only one cop for all those stations. Guess people can do whatever they want now

Shoulda Coulda May 22, 2018 at 11:00 AM

As if people aren’t doing what they want already.

J May 22, 2018 at 10:42 AM

….and they want fare increases every year? Where’s the public outrage… oh wait the board doesn’t care….outrage is just the publics jealousy of my million dollar home… secretly they love us(said with EXTREME sarcasm$

Nature Lover May 22, 2018 at 10:53 AM

Is there a law against showing his face?

CLAYCORD.com May 22, 2018 at 10:57 AM

No, but we chose to pixelate it.

J. May 22, 2018 at 3:28 PM

There are two faces pixelated.

WC Resident May 23, 2018 at 1:07 AM

Don’t do drugs or your face too will turn into a blob of pixels.

Melanie May 22, 2018 at 10:53 AM

I didn’t believe this until I seen it for myself on Sunday afternoon I’m appalled that the city could allow this in plain view where even children can see it it’s disgusting

Bollinger May 22, 2018 at 10:54 AM

There are 46 BART stations and 200 BART police officers. Given shifts, vacations, etc., I would have to assume that 60-70 officers are working at any given time.

Why isn’t there at least one officer per station?

This is crazy.

valentin Antonio Montoya May 22, 2018 at 11:25 AM

There are over 300 police officers on the bart payroll according to their own statistics. So yes there should be about 2 officers for each station but they are no where to be found. Based on the math but it is a farce people collecting 7000 to 8000 dollars a month for nothing.

Anonymous May 22, 2018 at 1:20 PM

They’re mostly hanging out at the Port Chicago Starbucks.

Original G May 22, 2018 at 10:57 AM

Used to be a Judge could sentence a defendant to a lengthy state prison term the suspend it’s implementation providing the defendant got clean and sober, stayed that way for a period of years and committed no new crimes. Failure to do so meant the long prison sentence would be served.

An addict or alcoholic has to hit bottom and decide to get clean n sober.
The Courts had great success in getting people to become productive members of society.

In their panic to mitigate the disaster of county jail overcrowding in all 58 counties progressive liberal democrat politicians crafted Prop 47 and as a result misdemeanor criminals now get a slap on the wrist and maybe flash incarceration of no more than 10 days in jail.

With jail overcrowding, misdemeanor criminals are often released after serving mere hours of their sentence.Democrats took a time tested and proven tool The Courts used to great effect and basically did away with it with Prop 47.

An addict caught stealing given the option of treatment or jail will pick jail because they will be free and clear back on the street months before a treatment program would end.

Progressive liberals spent $10,306,082 to con voters into passing Prop 47.

Prop 47 requires misdemeanor sentencing instead of felony for the following crimes:

Personal use of most illegal drugs

“Shoplifting, where the value of property stolen does not exceed $950
Grand theft, where the value of the stolen property does not exceed $950
Receiving stolen property, where the value of the property does not exceed $950
Forgery, where the value of forged check, bond or bill does not exceed $950
Fraud, where the value of the fraudulent check, draft or order does not exceed $950
Writing a bad check, where the value of the check does not exceed $950”

https://ballotpedia.org/California_Proposition_47,_Reduced_Penalties_for_Some_Crimes_Initiative_(2014)

Keep electing progressive liberals to ensure an increase in both drug use and property crimes.

Aspirin May 22, 2018 at 3:54 PM

Meanwhile, conservatives vote down tax increases that can result in better law enforcement.

Anon May 22, 2018 at 5:54 PM

Original G, I can clearly see you know nothing about what you’re talking about. I see drug addicts in jail every single day. They don’t want to be there. They beg me to get them out. Most of them would go straight into a program but all they are being offered now are out patient programs. Out patient programs don’t work for the serious addicted. We need more money for beds in programs/money for mental health/money to combat homelessness and the result would be less people in jail and reoffending.

Original G May 22, 2018 at 7:12 PM

Anon … UNTIL a person hits their bottom nothing changes.
NO program works unless the person is, sick and tired of being sick n tired.

When they get out of the spin-dry and all the insurance money is used up all that’s left is folding metal chairs and linoleum floors at
12 Step Meetings.

Have seen what happens to those who don’t hit their bottom and can’t get clean n sober. Most of them end up dead.

Been seeing it happen for over 36 years.

Fred P. May 22, 2018 at 9:04 PM

Yet liberals continue to vote for tax increases and the politicians take the money for their own pet projects instead of using the money for what was intended.

Aspirin – that’s called theft.

Blockedtruth May 22, 2018 at 10:58 AM

Like I said before, these are Jerry’s children living in Jerryland.

CVCHS Mom May 22, 2018 at 10:59 AM

It’s bad enough we are forced to watch dance routines and up and coming rap stars perform on BART and then be hassled about “donations”, now we can’t ride the elevators. Good for this employee. I saw the story in SF about a BART rider who video taped his walk through the Civic Center station and the SF Board of Directors are finally doing something about it. BART has become a place to sleep, poo and shoot drugs!

Really ??? May 22, 2018 at 11:09 AM

All in how you look at it. At least the dancers/rappers are putting forth effort for a donation. Better than robbing and assaulting passengers!

CVCHS Mom May 22, 2018 at 12:38 PM

When the BART train is already full and people are just trying to get to work and then to be aggressively hit up by somebody for some cash because they can climb a BART pole? I have more respect for the strippers doing it in the club. Those guys are super aggressive. They’re not doing it for free.

sideline May 22, 2018 at 1:24 PM

“Really???”
better than robbing and assaulting passengers……that’s exactly what it is.

I do hope that you “donate” generously every time!

Nutcreek Frontier May 24, 2018 at 11:54 AM

After being trapped last time I rode BART next to an ACCORDION player from 12th Street to Powell, I definitely felt assaulted.

April May 25, 2018 at 12:45 AM

The dancers and rappers fare evade in and out of gates and elevators…that is stealing too.. they “rob” the system and “assult” my ears with the loud music that is not supposed to be played on BART as well as disturbing my peace .

925 May 22, 2018 at 11:01 AM

Looks like a daycare LOL someone bring those men some juiceboxes and snacks!

RANDOM TASK May 22, 2018 at 11:05 AM

hey they striked for more money for safety of their employees not to keep it cleaned up

deal with it corruption and lack of careing is what you want and is the states motto

now if you are illegal they will show up and clean them out for you no charge

as for bart police at 4-5 in the morning well yeah not priority and even if the got people to do the shift there would be a need for a supervisor to be on hand as well to much over time money …my suggestion don’t go out past 3am that is time for the grunge to take over …the city council has approved them to do this after hours and at your cost to clean up …nice huh

Damsil May 22, 2018 at 5:47 PM

The strike the employees had was for safety improvements for employees and the riders. BART employees are sick of people getting
hurt, robbed etc. they wanted more cameras, more officers in the stations and on the trains.

Nice... May 22, 2018 at 11:07 AM

I don’t doubt there are frustrated BART staff. The whole system needs an overhaul. A public transportation system in a metropolitan area like the Bay should not be as expensive and poorly maintained as it is. Instead of allowing gross overtime, employee more people.

In all honestly, I have no faith any any police Concord or BART. There may be a few goood cops but there are large groups of bad ones that silence the good ones. They likely have their own #metoo situation that keep dirty cops ruling the roost and the good cops afraid to do what’s right. CPD think they are too macho to deal with non violent junkies. Little empathy with that lot.

Concord suffers.

RANDOM TASK May 22, 2018 at 11:10 AM

people this is a sanctuary city all bums and druggies are protected you voted for this …can’t have it both ways

sanctuary breeds scum and chaos while corruption laughs

they want you to vote in more taxes to thwart this yet it will continue and you will vote for more taxes again and again ….

nice to be a cog in the dem machine right ….well done

REMEBER THIS IS WHAT YOU WANTED

no prosecutions …criminals allowed to do as they please …a city being filled with crime and scum …you wanted this state to be mexico now you have it …enjoy …it ….and don’t forget to say ..YOUR WELCOME

Dave H May 22, 2018 at 11:42 AM

You’re

Simonpure May 22, 2018 at 11:51 AM

REMEBER THIS IS WHAT YOU WANTED

If you don’t use caps, spell check will work just fine.

G. May 22, 2018 at 12:44 PM

@random task The real question I think the community has is if you ever get tired of typing the same thing over and over and over and over and over again?

frenchdawg May 22, 2018 at 1:05 PM

I remeber when I could spell .

CVCHS Mom May 22, 2018 at 2:13 PM

A sanctuary city refers to a city’s cooperation with federal immigration laws. Not dirtbags shooting heroin in a BART elevator. If you’re going to blame democrats for everything, at least get your facts straight.

Martinez Citizen May 22, 2018 at 11:11 AM

Same thing every morning I walk into work in Downtown Martinez. Walking past people with needles in the arm has bagan not to shock me anymore.

Willis May 22, 2018 at 2:29 PM

Wow, I’ve never seen this downtown. Where was this?

Martinez Citizen May 22, 2018 at 8:09 PM

Go visit the college district or the county offices early in the morning or on weekends.

5Anonymous May 22, 2018 at 11:17 AM

I don’t ride Bart anymore because of this. When I did, I didn’t even eat or drink on the train because it was against the rules. Look what it’s become….sad

3rdrail9er May 22, 2018 at 11:20 AM

I havent ridden BART in years and will do so only in an emergency. Its so foul. Nothing redeeming about it.

WC Res May 22, 2018 at 11:25 AM

Looks like Concord station is catching up to Civic Center station. Disgusting.

Reality says... May 22, 2018 at 1:55 PM

Not, yet.

Had the pleasure to pass by BART row on Monday, guy was laied out with his d*ck in his hand, pants down to his knees rubbing himself as the commuters walked by. Just down right nasty. This was at 5:30am.

Anon May 22, 2018 at 11:26 AM

This is outrageous & unacceptable. Bart has a responsibility to keep their facilities clean and safe for their riders. Obviously they are failing miserably. When will something be done to end this non-sense!

Mr. Pink May 22, 2018 at 11:27 AM

They should have a BART police kiosk at every station with (at least one) officer stationed during BART operating hours. They just spent a ton of money to put in nice walkways and lights, trying to make it pretty. You can’t put lipstick on a junkie.

Dave H May 22, 2018 at 12:39 PM

The recent improvements were part of a 2004 measure passed by voters that had nothing to do with law enforcement.

Mr White May 22, 2018 at 11:30 AM

Raise the fares and do nothing, seems like that’s what they always do when there is a problem. Oh maybe your regional measure 3 money might be a good source of revenue to fix this problem.

Ale May 22, 2018 at 11:34 AM

I ride the rolling homeless encampment known as BART every day for the last decade. They aren’t even trying to clean it up. I saw vomit on the concord platform for 2 months before rain finally washed it away. I personally see hundreds of people a month avoid paying tge fare and here i am…the cbump that spends $150/month ridingBART. I can’t handle it any more…i am joining the exodus leaving the state

Right Here Right Now May 22, 2018 at 11:37 AM

Vote yes on prop 68. Make local parks more attractive than BART elevators and the issue will be resolved.

WC Resident May 22, 2018 at 11:44 AM

@Reality & Jojo Potato – There are jurisdiction issues. While Concord PD can render mutual aid in an emergency they generally can’t deal with taking out the trash which is what’s needed here.

Also, what exactly do people expect a cop to do here? Off hand, I don’t see evidence of a crime. If I saw this about all I could do is a welfare check. The guys will say they are okay. Assuming they consent to a search and you find drugs then you are dealing with that the jails are already full of junkies and small time criminals. It’s a cite and release unless they are on parole or have outstanding warrants.

We could ask them to move along but to where? Someone in the city of SF wants to spend $6 million to hopefully turn around the lives of 250 junkies. Are you willing to throw $48,000 into that elevator in hopes that those two become productive citizens?

Lemiwinks May 22, 2018 at 2:05 PM

No need for consent to search if someone is using dope. Cite and release for heroin possession…ah I don’t think so. Time to haul off the garbage to where it belongs.

Jojo Potato May 22, 2018 at 4:50 PM

Two people have mentioned jurisdiction as an excuse for why the CPD can’t help out at that station. To a private citizen like me that sounds like government employees protecting their turf. From my point of view if there are LEO’s in the area then they need to be doing their job for the whole area, not just inside whatever lines have been drawn. I think having people shooting up in the elevator in the BART garage is not acceptable and whoever is receiving my tax dollars needs to stop it.

dfdsef May 22, 2018 at 11:45 AM

I see BART cops driving around the city streets in their new SUVs all the time.
Why don’t they patrol the trains and stations?
We are going to have to do like New York did in the 1980’s and have a civilian patrol group like the Guardian Angels.
But the BART Police union will likely protest civilians looking out of each other.

The Mamba May 22, 2018 at 12:47 PM

There was a drunk guy on a train threatening people at 6 am a few years back and the riders banded together to through him off. We called the operator, who then proceeded to hold the door open so he could repeatedly try to re-enter and then held the train for 20 minutes so BART police could respond. They never did.

Doh May 22, 2018 at 11:48 AM

Does the station agent have access to a PA system? If so then turn the volume up and announce,
“WILL THE PERSON SHOOTING DRUGS IN THE ELEVATOR PLEASE STOP. THE POLICE HAVE BEEN CALLED.”

Simonpure May 22, 2018 at 2:15 PM

Just look at the picture. They could give a rats a**.

May May 22, 2018 at 11:56 AM

With what we pay in fare and increases, there should be 1-2 officers at every station 24-7. I rarely ride bart anymore, just drive, Uber or Lyft. It’s not worth the trouble.

Dorothy May 22, 2018 at 11:57 AM

I ride BART about once a month. I usually go to the Powell station. There are people sleeping or passed out on the station floor every time. And no one bothers them in the least, especially not BART personnel including their police. I knew the Civic station had a more serious problem since I use that on a few times a year. I never saw it as bad as that video.

Bart is really only interest in what they can put in their own pocket, not the passengers that have to use it. One of their board members said he would set up a table for himself in the Civic station. I propose that each and every station have a table for the board and each and every board member rotate
manning those tables for a few hours every day or at least every week. Let them really see what they are getting paid for not doing.

Silver Bean May 22, 2018 at 12:08 PM

BART is disgusting because the homeless are allowed to run amuck. The most expensive mass transit system in the world, yet the most disgusting and dangerous. Totally disgraceful. Boycott BART riders for one weekday and see what happens.

G. May 23, 2018 at 6:25 AM

You are giving us way too much credit. I’m not sure if you meant the fare rates or the overall infastructure cost, but we don’t even crack the top ten in either category. And that’s really saying something with how many actual cities BART connects. Let’s keep it level headed here.

Cowellian May 22, 2018 at 12:28 PM

Conditions should improve somewhat at BART, now that Starbucks has gone into the druggie/bum daycare business, without even having turnstiles to jump over.

? May 22, 2018 at 10:54 PM

Let’s hope so.

Isn’t social justice wonderful?

Dave H May 22, 2018 at 12:37 PM

BART has problems, no doubt. Boycotting, however, is not only ineffective and miserably misguided, but impractical and counterproductive. If ridership goes down (which it won’t, no matter if you few people “boycott” or not), funds will then need to come from the state. It’s that simple. It should be in everyone’s interest to improve BART, not hinder it. Love it or hate it, it as essential backbone of the workforce across the entire bay area. You don’t get to just decide to do away with it. Look back to the clogged freeways during the BART strike…is this how you’d prefer things to be every day? Of course not. Calling for a boycott is ridiculous and demonstrates a limited understanding of how densely populated regions can function sustainably.

Cowellian May 22, 2018 at 1:01 PM

It worked in Montgomery.

The Mamba May 22, 2018 at 12:40 PM

This is absolutely ridiculous, disgusting. BART police are a joke, everyone knows that. I saw one recently, on a train, and it struck me how rare that is. Once every couple of years, I guess.

Officer Barbrady May 22, 2018 at 12:53 PM

Concord PD would not put up with this foolishness if it were in any other part of the city. BART PD is way understaffed . How about this:BART could contract with Concord to provide a certain amount of patrol in the BART stations.

I guarantee you Concord Police would tune up the junkies and burglars that hang out there. And right fast .

Dawg May 22, 2018 at 1:43 PM

I don’t believe it. CPD isn’t doing anything about the homeless junkies shooting up, littering trash, and sleeping on Meadow Lane off of Monument Blvd.

Original G May 22, 2018 at 2:21 PM

What can CPD do ? ? ?
Write misdemeanor citation after misdemeanor citation ?
Barely worth an officers time, plus what positive can come with clogging the Courts with cases for which many defendants never show up.
Then what happens with failure to appear warrants are issued ?

Prop 47 finished taking away Court’s power to force people to get clean n sober.

chuckie the troll May 22, 2018 at 1:42 PM

I thought we were supposed to celebrate diversity and alternative lifestyles! Thieves and drug addicts make us…look better by comparison?

Ricardoh May 22, 2018 at 1:53 PM

It is obvious that those who run BART are incompetent. How much are these people paid? Too much i would guess. I have seen some of the incompetent people who run public systems is this area I think this is at the peak of what they can do. Time for them to be replaced top to bottom.

Lemiwinks May 22, 2018 at 1:55 PM

This station has turned into a cesspool in the past 5 to 6 years. My wife uses it and tells me that on an average evening returning from the city she observes drug transactions, fare jumpers, and homeless sleeping on the seats taking up two seats. I told her to start taking puctures and fieward them to the Bart Directors.

Law Dog May 22, 2018 at 2:02 PM

Go to Starbucks to do this, it’s the new safe space.

detgfrsh May 22, 2018 at 2:59 PM

BART police are pretty much useless. I used to be a daily commuter and I can count the number of times I’ve seen a cop in a station or on a train on one hand. I’d suggest one of two solutions:
1. Take away their cars and force them to spend time in the stations and riding the trains.
2. Eliminate BART police entirely and have the local PDs handle the stations in their city. You wouldn’t have any police on trains this way, but there aren’t any now so it wouldn’t really be any different.

Moon Dog May 22, 2018 at 4:05 PM

Saw on the News that the Junkies have left the Civic Center Bart station , guess where they went .. Concord Bart .. Wtf

SF oh May 22, 2018 at 4:10 PM

I guess this is what we can expect at Starbucks from now on, too.

Newellian May 22, 2018 at 4:14 PM

Let me get this straight: BART Cops can give speeding tickets on the streets and highways, but the local police can’t patrol around BART parking lots and stations? Something wrong!!!!!!!

Concordparent May 22, 2018 at 4:34 PM

I swear I thought Concord had more educated and working class people. I love all the people bashing the front line workers. The janitor got paid a lot because he worked a million hours of Overtime! I guess everyone on this page believes in trickle down economics. The only people you can blame is the board of directors! Email and call them! Stop complaining and do something!

Cowellian May 22, 2018 at 4:40 PM

Do something! Like fire the guy who was collecting overtime to sleep in the closet.

RANDOM TASK May 22, 2018 at 4:34 PM

FIRST to all to the ..well so many …just call you demsayers shall we

yes I will as it is my right to say something when I see its bad or have you dems taken to being absolute as you bully people over typos ….

SECOND ..lest we forget the city council is going to spend 2-3 million dollars on concord bart to beautify it with folk art for the bank of America workers and well now druggies …everyone say yay now

THIRD ..if it is legal to panhandle on bart trains it must be legal to shoot up …ahhhh soak that in ….SANCTUARY FOR ALL RIGHT

Palermo May 22, 2018 at 4:46 PM

The janitor worked all that overtime? You’re kidding right, they caught him sleeping in a closet, which is probably where he spent the majority of his shift. I rode BART for over thirty years and in all that time the ONLY time I ever saw any BART cops was for a few days after 9/11, where they walked the platform at West Oakland to peer at the cars to see if someone planted a bomb I guess. For all the crimes and emergencies that happened in those decades, not a one was seen after being called, not one. Not on the trains, the platforms, the stations or the parking lots

Bay Area Native May 22, 2018 at 4:49 PM

Thank you Claycord.com for posting the photo and this station agent’s plea for help.

I take BART daily (from the Concord station), and everyday I walk past homeless, vagrants and junkies who are usually hanging out in the bus loading/unloading areas.

I recall years ago when BART shuttered its downtown SF bathrooms because junkies were shooting up in them too often. I guess we can expect the same to happen to our suburban BART bathrooms soon too.

Nunya May 22, 2018 at 4:59 PM

Keep voting for Democrats and this is what you’ll get!

Cowellian May 22, 2018 at 5:15 PM

Any sworn officer has jurisdiction anywhere in the state. A BART cop can write a speeding ticket in Clayton. But police don’t like other cops coming onto their turf, so they tend to stay off of other cops’ turf. To some extent, it makes sense, since the local know their territory, but a little cooperation could go a long way.

I think it would make sense for BART cops to keep jurisdiction on the trains but have shared jurisdiction in the stations.

Law Dog May 22, 2018 at 5:51 PM

If you want more of this vote for Gavin Newsom.

geapman May 22, 2018 at 6:32 PM

At $12.10 to SFO from Concord BART should be able to afford to have the police 24/7 at the concord station!

Cautiously Informed May 22, 2018 at 8:41 PM

BARTs number 1 priority is pay and benefits for employees. Providing a safe reliable and economically responsible transportion system for the public is not a priority for them. They are another perfect example of an incompetent bloated government agency.

As the old saying goes: The proof is in the pudding.

Michael May 22, 2018 at 9:16 PM

Pay city workers for a safe needle injection site so these guys can use their illegal drugs in peace and we can call paramedics should they overdose from said illegal drugs

Paying Fares Matter May 22, 2018 at 10:48 PM

I was at Concord BARF for TWO MINUTES on Mother’s Day when 6 african american kids approx. 11-18 years of age each jumped through the fare gate one after the other – free of charge. I ride BARF once a year and to witness this within 2 minutes of my arrival is disgusting beyond explanation. I did not see the station agent – who was in the enclosed booth – do a thing. What the hell?

SF oh May 23, 2018 at 5:34 AM

I’ve witnessed the exact same thing. While several of us paying customers waited in line to go through the turnstiles, about five .. uh.. “urban youths” (as the news would say), jumped over the gates, then stood side-by-side on the escalators intentionally blocking the way for people trying to make it to the approaching SF train. The urban youths were intending to board the Pittsburg train which hadn’t arrived yet. Of course our Dems in government, who continually make excuses for this type of thing, all travel by limos to get where they’re going.

Abbie R. May 22, 2018 at 11:06 PM

“Ebony and Ivory living together in perfect harmony”

Silva May 23, 2018 at 6:45 AM

I love how you can find the silver linings, Abbie R.

Why Am I Always Hungry May 23, 2018 at 2:13 AM

The employees knew this has been happening for several years.

Silva May 23, 2018 at 6:44 AM

Everyone knew this has been happening for several years.

Robert Akins May 23, 2018 at 7:40 AM

Really? They have a police substation just feet away. Maybe if they take more trips outta that office people would be more leary about hanging out!

J.a. May 23, 2018 at 8:22 AM

Bart definitely needs to restructure its force that new police chief hasn’t done anything new to combat the issues all the stations have

CoCoCommenter May 23, 2018 at 9:32 AM

Seems as if more and more people are getting fed up with BARTs antics. Keep publicizing these occurrences and hopefully some accountability happens

paliofax May 23, 2018 at 10:17 AM

Could you please tell us what day this photo was taken?

Dr. Matathias Medicalschool May 23, 2018 at 10:48 AM

Bart police is always MIA until something really bad happens. There is never any patrol or proactive involvement.

Mimi (original) May 24, 2018 at 10:54 AM

With the conditions at the stations and on the trains, and the criminal activities perpetrated on BART passengers it’s no wonder my offspring refuses to ride into the City on BART. Her comment, “I’m young, blonde, pretty – I don’t want to end up as a statistic!” I don’t blame her.

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