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BART Board Postpones Cell Phone Service Interruption Policy

BART board postpones vote on cell phone service interruption policy

By Chloe Hunt, Daily Cal, 10/27/11

The Bay Area Rapid Transit Board of Directors decided to postpone voting on a policy that would allow the agency to temporarily disrupt cell phone service.

The public raised concern at a board meeting Thursday that the policy did not make specific considerations for the disabled and also that the language of the policy needed to be altered. The new policy — which looks to clarify the agency’s procedures after it faced criticism for interrupting cell phone service in an attempt to stop an Aug. 11 protest organized by group No Justice No BART — could be ready for approval at the board’s Nov. 17 meeting, according to board President Bob Franklin.

“The two big concerns that come up is when the service is shut down, how does the disabled riding public get out of the station,” said Randall Glock, chair of the BART Accessibility Task Force, at the meeting. “Especially the deaf and hard of hearing (who) rely so much on text messages.”

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