A possible ban on E-Cigarettes will be discussed at BART'S board meeting later this evening. It's expected they will take steps towards an outright ban on the devices on trains and in stations.
BART say that they are looking towards as a courtesy to passengers as well as to update the no smoking policy to be more in line with similar county and city-level bans. Currently, e-cigarette use on BART and at stations is not regulated. Without state and federal guidelines, BART’s only immediate option is to enact an ordinance to enforce the restriction.
BART Director, Robert Raburn said that a number of complaints had reached the board of directors about people using electronic cigarettes and vaping devices on BART property.
“Other transit providers have enacted prohibitions that we now propose to enact,” Raburn said.
If the proposed ordinance passes, signage in stations and trains will be updated to ensure riders know about the new restrictions.
The Board’s action will be considered the first of two readings of the proposed ordinance. The ordinance will then be revisited at BART's next board meeting in February.
The meeting will be held in the BART Board Room at the Kaiser Center, located at 300 20th Street in Oakland and will be streamed live at www.bart.gov/board. Additionally, the full agenda is available to download as a PDF for those interested in a detailed summation.
Other topics to be discussed at the meeting will include the development of an Art policy and the future role of art on BART.
"Ideas include the potential to integrate art into our station modernization efforts, prevention of graffiti, establishing community partnerships, and celebrating culture and diversity,” said Board President Tom Blalock.
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