SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS)— Bay Area Rapid Transit managers unveiled the plan to build canopies to cover escalators at downtown San Francisco and Oakland stations.
The idea is to keep out the rain and the elements, but also to hinder the homeless who often camp out in the BART stairwells.
The often off-putting odors and condition of some of the escalators has been a problem especially in San Francisco. Often they are out of operation, and end up being repositories for human urine and excrement.
In one instance, the San Francisco Civic Center escalator had to be repaired, but not before the hazardous materials team came in to clean it out.