Segway riders need permit to ride BART

Following a brief ban, Segways will soon be allowed on BART trains again — but with new restrictions, the transit agency’s board ruled Thursday.

A 45-day ban was ordered following several incidents involving the two-wheeled scooters on BART platforms. Two months ago, a rider lost control of a Segway at the 24th Street station in San Francisco, sending the scooter onto the train tracks. The rider was not injured but the scooter was struck by a train, which caused service delays, BART spokesman Linton Johnson said.

BART directors enacted a new policy Thursday that will require Segway riders to obtain a permit. Initially, up to 50 permits will be offered for the 20 or so passengers who bring them onto the trains each day, officials said. The rules for Segway riders will mirror those for bicyclists, Johnson said.

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