- Associated Press - Tuesday, March 8, 2016

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The director of the San Francisco Bay Area commuter train agency is pitching an ordinance that would make it illegal for a BART rider to take up more than one seat when it would prevent others from sitting down.

The San Francisco Chronicle reports (https://bit.ly/1UaWJdF) Tuesday that the proposal would not apply to people whose size or medical condition requires them to occupy more than a single space.

But people who park their backpack, takeout dinner or suitcase could face a fine of $100 for the first offense. A second offense would hit the person with a $200 fine. Repeater offenders could be fined $500. The ordinance would give police the legal leverage to force the passenger to slide over or sit up.

The proposal from BART Director Joel Keller goes before the BART Board of Directors on Thursday.

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Information from: San Francisco Chronicle, https://www.sfgate.com

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