Pilot Program Placing Elevator Attendants At Two BART Stations Extended

July 19, 2018 16:00 pm · 16 comments

A successful pilot program aimed at preventing urination and other problems in elevators at two BART stations in San Francisco has been extended through November 2019, BART officials said Wednesday.

The program placed elevator attendants at the Powell Street and Civic Center stations through a partnership with the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency and the Hunters Point Family, a community organization serving at-risk youth and young adults.

The program was initially funded for six months, starting in April, but due to positive feedback, that window was extended as part of the recently approved budget for fiscal year 2019.

Unsanitary conditions in elevators have long been an issue for people with disabilities who are unable to use stairs or escalators — especially people in wheelchairs — who sometimes had no choice other than to roll through puddles of urine in order to access public transportation.

The elevator attendant program was an effort to improve cleanliness, security, safety and accessibility, according to BART officials.

Barbosa July 19, 2018 at 4:09 PM

AWESOME !!! More overpaid union jobs.

PRIMO July 19, 2018 at 4:15 PM


Bob July 19, 2018 at 4:18 PM

Doesn’t BART have a police force to tackle problems like this, or did John Burris shut them down?

Bartrider July 19, 2018 at 6:43 PM

Why would John Burris shut down Bart Police???

Lena July 20, 2018 at 11:44 AM

BART police can’t look at troublesome BART riders the wrong way these days without hearing from John Burris.

concord ygnacio July 19, 2018 at 5:19 PM

I wonder what their salaries are and if they are union employees. What a difficult job…just standing there and doing nothing all day.

Original G July 19, 2018 at 5:36 PM

So how will this show up on the resume, elevator attendant or bathroom attendant ?

Are BART station bathrooms open and functional ? ? ?

Reality says... July 20, 2018 at 8:06 AM

Lavatory Engineer 🙂

nda July 19, 2018 at 7:00 PM

As a mother of a disabled son, an adult now. I am thrilled with this first step. The few times we have traveled BART, we had no choice of how to get through the stations. The elevators in the city are at the far end of the tunnels and no one you’d want to meet is around. Think about the bottom of your shoes. Would you want to put your hand on them with every step you take? A person in a manual wheelchair must push and roll through whatever is on the ground and cannot avoid a whole lot in an elevator. This same problem exists everywhere. People spit all sorts of things on the ground. Mother’s with strollers and numerous people who cannot walk up stairs or navigate an escalator are forced to use the elevator that you are lucky enough at this time in your life not to need.

HashtagMe July 19, 2018 at 8:06 PM

It’s not just the elevators, the stairs are nasty too.

Ricardoh July 19, 2018 at 8:51 PM

Why let these people put one foot into a BART station. I am so tired of weak police policies. Political correctness run amok. It is the public at large to blame. They allow things to slide if it isn’t in there world. Like voting for a tax they won’t have to pay. Someone else will so why not vote for it. Vote for weak PC politicians and you get bums peeing in an elevator and bums taking a dump on the city streets. Bay area live and let live is the motto.

Tsa July 19, 2018 at 10:27 PM

Well said. This is one of the many reasons we’re leaving California.

Lena July 20, 2018 at 11:39 AM

Thank you BART. Now if San Francisco would do something about the gangs of young black makes intimidating white women walking down Market Street we might consider revisiting the city someday. Obama gave them permission.

Fred P. July 20, 2018 at 12:01 PM

Cmon…. sf is a sanctuary city…. including for criminals. Whaddya expect from the liberals?

Notahater July 20, 2018 at 10:53 PM

There is s trend on this site. If BART is mentioned people just pile on and say ugly things. Ok you don’t like BART, got it. Can we move on or is this some kind of therapeutic intervention to make you feel better?

Chicken Little July 21, 2018 at 5:12 AM

BART is like the Mark DeSaulnier of public transit.

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