Disabled and Ederly Seating is for the Disabled and Elderly
To the rude slobs that sit in disabled seating. You are supposed to vacated the seats when an elderly or disabled person boards the train. Don't pretend you don't see the cast on my leg or the cane that I am walking with.
Please feel free to shove me aside when boarding the train to take the last available seat on the train. Do not vacate the seat when I ask, I enjoy having you pretend that you do not see me, or that you are asleep. Please let me stand from Lafayette to Embarcadero every day - I love the challenge of trying to hold on at 80 miles per hour. The real thrill is when I fall when the train stops. I'm sure you would love these thrills if you broke your leg.
To the ignorant Bart Employee who called me back when I complained that I could not get a seat:
It takes all the strength I have to hold on and not fall when riding with a broken leg. I can not get to the operator call button on a moving train to let them know that I am being forced to stand.
I am having a hard enough time walking, let alone getting to the first car of a train to board. I have tried this, and there is no difference. The slobs in handicapped seating are no more willing to vacate their seats at the front of the train. Making this walk to signal the train operator should not be necessary.
NO I will not drive to another station further back on the line. I live close to Lafayette and driving to Pleasant Hill or Walnut Creek where the parking is worse and the walk to the train longer is not an adequate solution
After riding BART to work for a number of years I do not hear regular announcements regarding the disabled seating. I do not see a plethera of BART empployees riding the trains and assisting the disabled. Above all I rarely see BART Police at East Bat Stations, on the train, or any where else. So counting on their assistance is a moot point.
To BART Management:
Perhaps there should be fines for these overly polite riders who do not vacate these seats. You can use media outlets to raise awareness that these seats are reserved for disabled and elderly passengers. At the minimum, train operators could be trained to speak clearly, and make such announcements during commute hours when the trains are full.
For a BART Employee to suggest that I walk extra distances, drive further, or attempt to make my way to the operator call box on a moving train with a broken leg is ridiculous and insensitive.