Photo: Mason Trinca, Special To The Chronicle

Written by: Michael Cabanatuan
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The Hotel Council of San Francisco supports a safe and efficient public transportation system for the hotel industry’s 24,000 employees. We have supported Measure RR and worked closely with BART staff on the Powell Street and Civic Center station modernization plans.

Hotel Council members who are daily riders of BART often express concerns for the poor condition of the Powell Street station and the lack of safety with little to no police presence. We are committed to working with BART and our community partners to ensure our public transit system is a welcoming and pleasant experience for all riders.


Near the end of Thursday’s BART Board of Directors meeting, the transit system’s elected leaders found themselves in the unusual position of staring at something not on the agenda: a fresh puddle of urine.

BART directors usually meet twice a month in a clean, quiet, windowless board chamber in Oakland, but this time they took a field trip to Powell Street Station to view its “challenges” — homeless people sleeping in hallways, intravenous drug users, rundown conditions, dirty floors, and elevators and escalators used regularly as restrooms.

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