San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) riders will no longer be allowed to urinate or defecate on trains or on train platforms (video below).
According to SF Weekly, BART transit police will now issue “prohibition orders” against repeat offenders, which ban a rider anywhere from 30 days to 1 year.
The prohibition orders were passed as part of state Assembly Bill 716 in January 2013, which means customers could be banned from using the transit service if cited three times within a 90-day period.
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Physical assault will lead to a ban after just one instance. The bill could also apply to political protesters with multiple arrests, which some say infringes on the First Amendment, as noted by RT.com.
“We are really wanting to send the message that if you are going to come onto our system and be unruly or violent, there are going to be consequences,” BART spokesperson Alicia Trost told KGO-TV.
However, some BART customers are worried that police may use the new orders to overstep their bounds as was the case in the fatal police shooting of Oscar Grant on a train platform in 2009.