Homeless in transit - Page 3

A night at Powell Station shows how BART rousts the homeless in enforcing its new ban on sitting and lying

A BART police officer wakes a person sleeping in Powell Station and asks him to leave.
Photo by Joe Fitzgerald Rodriguez

A BART police officer, who did not want to be named, told us he thinks BART has a hard choice: to let riders feel harassed and unsafe, or to oust people clearly in need of compassion. He said he saw the homeless population in the station swell with "the weather and the economy."

"We have to do what we have to do," he told us. But on the other hand, he said, "It's not against the law to stink."

He's half right. Though being homeless and dirty may not be illegal, it may get you thrown out of a BART station.