Disability advocates rally for accessibility changes in future BART cars 

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  • Mike Hendrickson/S.F. EXAMINER file photo
  • Disability advocates say LED screens in the new BART cars are not easily visible by passengers in wheelchairs.
When BART debuted its design for future BART cars earlier this month, some of the new features raised ire among disability community advocates. The Disability Organizing Network, which says the new car design limits accessibility for disabled passengers, is collaborating with BART to allow these passengers to give direct feedback on the design.

A life-size model of the new train car will be on display for people with disabilities at the North Berkeley BART station from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. today. Community members are then invited to give feedback on accessibility issues to BART staff, who will be onsite during the viewing.

The new BART car will be open for viewing by the general public from 2 p.m. until 4 p.m.

BART has already made several adjustments to the design following accessibility complaints, including moving a center pole further away from the train doors. However, the Disability Organizing Network is seeking further changes, including larger accessible space for wheelchairs, additional changes to the center pole, lower LED informational screens for low vision riders, and higher seats to allow room for service animals underneath.

BART plans to start replacing the current cars with the new model in 2017.

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Friday, Apr 17, 2015

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