BART directors vote to ban e-cigarettes in trains and stations

Opinion: Enough Already, Let’s Keep BART Running

The BART Board of Directors on Thursday moved to ban the use of e-cigarettes and similar vaporizing devices in trains and stations.

Thursday’s vote to update the transit agency’s no-smoking policy is the first of two readings. The board is expected to formally adopt the ordinance Feb. 12.

“A number of complaints have reached the Board of Directors about people using electronic cigarettes and vaping devices on BART property,” Director Robert Raburn said. “Other transit providers have enacted prohibitions that we now propose to enact.”

Riders can expect to see new signage in stations and trains to ensure riders know about the new ban, BART said.