As things in the Bay Area begin to slowly get back to the new “normal”, BART has released a 15 step plan to ensure all riders and employees stay safe.
Step 1 – Cleaning
BART is using hospital grade disinfectant and electrostatic foggers constantly.
Step 2 – Run Long Trains
They will continue to use long trains to allow riders to socially distance.
Step 3- Increase Train Frequency
Bart is running every 30 min for now, once rider numbers go up they will run every 15 min.
Step 4- Pilot New Seat Configuration
BART will pilot a new configuration of seats that could potentially help create space between riders
Step 5- Require Face Coverings
It will still be a requirement to wear a mask when riding for adults and children over the age of 13. Under 2 years of age shouldn’t wear masks.
Step 6- Police Enforcement
Police personnel will conduct more frequent fare checks to increase staff presence on-board trains and inside stations.
Step 7- Visual Indicators
Large Posters and Banners will be posted through out the station sand trains reminding everyone of social distance guidelines.
Step 8- Hand Sanitizer
BART will continue to offer hand sanitizer at every station.
Step 9- Contactless Payment
Riders are encouraged to use a clipper card and load funds into it ahead of time to reduce the use of ticket vending machines.
Step 10- Personal Hand Straps
BART will offer a limited supply of personal hand straps for riders to use and take home for cleaning after each trip. After they will be available for purchase. ($5)
Step 11- Data Transparency
BART will continue to post daily ridership numbers at http://www.bart.gov/covid showing what percentage ridership is at compared to Pre-COVID-19 ridership.
Step 12- New Technologies and Industry Best Practices
BART will continue to explore new technologies used by transit systems across the world in response to COVID-19.
Step 13- Business Community Outreach
BART will encourage employers to allow for staggered shifts to help spread out the commute and avoid crowding during peak travel times
Step 14- Healthy Workforce
BART is supplying workers with PPE and supplies and offering COVID-19 testing to employees.
Step 15- Rebuild Infrastructure
BART is using this time of record low ridership to accelerate infrastructure rebuilding projects facilitated by the extra work hours made available due to an earlier closing time.
Click <HERE> to see BART’S full announcement.