BART Board Declares Zero-Tolerance For Attacks On Station Agents

SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — There were 47 reported assaults on Bay Area Rapid Transit station agents and train operators last year – a statistic that grabbed the attention of the transit system’s Board of Directors at its meeting this week, prompting the board to express its support for vigorous prosecution of such crimes on its employees.

Reported assaults include biting, kicking and punching of station agents. Train operators said they’ve also been subjected to spitting.

“In the last week, I have had five members that we assaulted,” lamented Antoinette Bryant, president of the Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1555 and a more than 2-decade station agent. “With the economic times being what they are, a lot of people are angry. They bring that anger to us.”

KCBS’ Margie Shafer Reports:

She told the BART board that she was once assaulted, so badly that she was out of work for 7 months. The suspect, she said, was never prosecuted.

“The issue becomes, when they write up the reports and send them forward, the D.A. have to take it seriously,” she reasoned.

“I’m hoping it’s a first step in more talks, not just a piece of paper,” she said of the board’s “zero-tolerance” declaration at the meeting.

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  • DKadeBoo

    Good morning well they need to stop spending money on the wrong business and start investing in other things such as silver, etc..

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  • UCainFef

    I only multiply my things because I don’t like watching it on pages other than the 2nd one, or it’ll feel like its being left after. Just bump. Some people who haven’t seen it might press it.

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  • d

    Station agents are completely worthless, try getting them to fix a deffective card. They treat you like you’re a criminal and act bothered because they have to get off their butt.

  • Terry Marquardt

    Most station agents are too busy too yakking on their cell phone or watching porn on their smart phones to be bothered with anything. I see numerous lowlifes evade fares by jumping the gates and they could care less. They have this sense of entitlement called civil servant and are useless and brain dead. Who cares if they are attacked? I won’t be assisting them.

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