OAKLAND (KCBS)— Assaults on station agents – along with public urination, drug use, drug dealing - have prompted the Bay Area Rapid Transit Board of Directors to introduce a “Prohibition Order” that targets unruly riders to keep them off of trains.
At the agency’s headquarters in Oakland Monday, BART officials said an increase in violent assaults had prompted the agency’s board of directors to take action.
“These incidents have folks assaulting our station agents. We’ve been trying to send the message in as many ways that we can; that this is a crime, that BART takes this incredibly seriously and that we’re not going to tolerate it,” said BART Board of Directors President Tom Radulovich.
He outlined the new order that bans anyone with three documented offenses within 90 days from even stepping onto BART property for up to a year.
It’s extremely important to our members that we work in a safe environment and that those individuals, although few, that do continue to present repeated problems are dealt with in a quick and expeditious manner,” said Antoinette Bryant, president of the Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1555.
The new plan against bad behavior is in addition to current court-approved stay-away orders that consists of a list of more than 130 banned passengers.
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