September 1, 2014
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Starting next week, unruly passengers on Bay Area Rapid Transit trains won't just get the boot, they'll get the ban.
The San Francisco Chronicle reports a new policy going into effect will allow BART to issue stay-away orders for a month to a year.
Among the offenses that can lead to a ban are acts or threats of violence on passengers or employees, lewd or lascivious behavior, or possession of a controlled substance. Anyone cited three times within three consecutive months for defacing BART property, carrying hazardous materials, or urinating or defecating on a train or in a station can also be banned.
Kenton Rainey, BART police chief, tells the newspaper officers have been trained on how to use the new law, including working with homeless persons or those with mental illnesses.
Copyright 2014 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.