BART’s food policy stands despite new coffee kiosks

Coffee and food will soon be easier to purchase at many BART stations, but officials for the transit agency are reminding patrons that eating and drinking are forbidden within paid areas.

In the past, getting a citation for having food or drinks aboard BART was rare. In 2006, BART police issued 765 citations for eating, drinking, and smoking violations. In 2007 the numbers grew to 896, according to BART spokesman Linton Johnson.

But with 101.7 million total patron trips in 2007, only about 1 out every 113,500 commuters were caught taking an extra sip of coffee within BART paid limits, which includes all areas after gate entry.

The Embarcadero and Montgomery Street stations will be the first of eight BART stations to feature the Peet’s kiosks, with rollouts expected to come in late-April and mid-May. Another location is confirmed at the Civic Center.

Johnson said he doesn’t expect drinking and eating violations to increase much in downtown BART stations.

“The kiosks are located outside the paid areas,” Johnson said. “So commuters will already be on their way to work before stopping to get their morning coffee.”

wreisman@examiner.com

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