Apr 15, 2016
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BART riders who selfishly take up more than one seat on trains during the peak commute hours will soon face fines of up to $500, after the transit agency’s Board of Directors passed its seat hogs ordinance.

The ordinance, which will take effect in about six months, will only be in effect on weekdays between 6 a.m. and 10 a.m. and between 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

Violators will be issued a warning before they’re fined. If caught after their first warning, they face penalties of $100 for the first violation, $200 for the second and $500 for each violation thereafter.

The board passed the ordinance despite opposition from BART’s Police Officer Association, which said enforcement may require stopping trains and will likely end up targeting mostly homeless people. Also, police may have to use force if someone won’t comply.

BART directors who dissented to the new rule said they would rather launch a public  outreach campaign instead of criminalize rudeness.

Bay City News contributed to this report


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Mike Aldax is the editor of the Richmond Standard. He has 13 years of journalism experience, most recently as a reporter for the San Francisco Examiner. He previously held roles as reporter and editor at Bay City News, Napa Valley Register, Garden Island Newspaper in Kaua’i, and the Queens Courier in New York City.