FRANCISCO (KPIX 5) — Shocking video is calling attention to
what’s going on in one of the busiest BART stations in the Bay
Area: junkies blatantly shooting up out in the open as commuters
walk by, others slumped along filthy corridors.
over the course of a week, Gafford documented his trip to work.
His videos show dozens of people slumped along a hallway, open
IV drug use, unconscious men and women, and piles of vomit on
either side of the hallways.
may find the video shocking. Others may find it routine.
day. Every morning. 5:30 to 6 o’clock. You can see there’s
dozens of them. Needles everywhere. Crack. Heroin.”
a real concern for our riders, and we appreciate that,” said
BART spokesman Chris Filippi. “But what we have to do is make
the most of the resources, the limited resources that we have.”
which has been pledging to address the problem, says it’s
recruiting more community service officers, more than 30 new
sworn officers and 20 new station cleaners. But will that be
situation in our BART stations is simply unacceptable,” said San
Francisco Mayor Mark Farrell. “Borders on disastrous.”
don’t care, at the end of the day, if now we have jurisdictional
issues,” said Farrell. “As mayor, I want to get something done,
and I want to make sure these BART stations are cleaned up.”
homeless services are offered to those in the city’s BART
stations, Farrell says San Francisco police may be needed
because BART admits it is simply overwhelmed by the crisis that
has landed in its hallways.
in the midst of national homelessness crisis, and we’re also in
the middle of a drug crisis,” said Filippi. “Unfortunately, as a
transit agency, we have limited resources and we’re not really
equipped to deal with these social issues.”
for now, the status quo is a daily commute through a human
crisis that shows no end.
feel bad for these people in a way. I mean, because you are
human, you see them,” said Gafford. “This isn’t going anywhere.
It’s getting worse.”