BART Brings Public Restrooms To Subway Stations After Two Decades Of Closure – CBS San Francisco

SAN FRANCISCO (KPIX 5) – BART officials announced a new bathroom at the Powell Street Station in San Francisco on Wednesday, the first of several new bathrooms at underground BART stations .

Ten of BART’s metro stations have not had public restrooms since 2001, after the September 11 terrorist attacks raised security concerns.

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However, in recent years, BART officials say the need for bathrooms at these stations has increased.

“That’s what the customer asked for,” said BART General Manager Bob Powers.

Re-opening of public restrooms at the Powell Street BART station in San Francisco on February 2, 2022. (CBS)

Re-opening of public restrooms at the Powell Street BART station in San Francisco on February 2, 2022. (CBS)

“I cannot stress that this action today is symbolic of a new era at BART,” said BART Board President Rebecca Saltzman.

Several riders told KPIX 5 that they think this will help alleviate many problems.

“A lot of people don’t have a place to go,” says Lindsay Pfeiffer, who works with people of no good will. “It’s a humane solution to a problem.”

“They (people) probably won’t pee there anymore,” said Del Massone, a BART driver.

Some riders say they’ve seen people using the train as their restroom.

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Bruce Badash said: “I saw someone go to the bathroom there once.

KPIX 5 asked Bevan Dufty of the BART Board of Directors if he believes the addition of restrooms will help end that problem.

“Well, I don’t know. But I’ll tell you that we’re not just working on a great restroom. We have added ambassadors. We have dozens of ambassadors running our system. We now have 14 crisis intervention specialists,” says Dufty. “I would be lying if I told you I thought it would be gone by tomorrow. It will take some time. “

The bathrooms are part of a bigger picture, in terms of BART modernization, Dufty said.

“This is not the end of what we are doing – this is really the beginning of a new era for BART,” Dufty said. “I really think if you played 2-3 years ago and didn’t have a good experience, try us now.”

Some passengers say they have noticed improvements to their transportation experience, such as when they take newer trains.

“The newer trains are amazing,” says Vicky Halliday. “But yes, the bathroom – I think – will help.”

Restrooms will be serviced, rules posted at entrances and cleaned several times a day, according to BART leaders.

The transit agency plans to open a new restroom at the 19th Street Terminal in downtown Oakland in late February, and it will open more in a phased approach based on existing funding.

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“Toilets are essential for everyone. Opening them up is one of many steps we’re taking to improve the BART driver experience,” said Saltzman.

https://sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com/2022/02/02/bart-brings-back-public-restrooms-underground-stations-powell/ BART Brings Public Restrooms To Subway Stations After Two Decades Of Closure – CBS San Francisco

Dustin Huang

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