Safety measures to be reviewed

Dear Editor:

David Ragan of Brentwood recently submitted a letter to the editor about the lack of security at the Hillcrest Park and Ride. As a result of Mr. Ragan's experiences, I have asked the BART chief of police to review the situation, and to assure me and the public that adequate resources are being allocated to prevent the type of damage that Mr. Ragan has experienced.

In order to accommodate the new Hillcrest Avenue interchange as part of the Highway 4 widening project, the park and ride facility serving Tri Delta Transit riders, will be relocated to a portion of the new eBART parking lot at the Antioch station. The new parking lot is currently under construction just east of the existing park and ride facility, and is scheduled to be in service January 2014.

After consulting with the Antioch Police Department and receiving feedback from the Antioch City Council, BART will install six CCTV cameras and five emergency call boxes in the new parking lot. These cameras will be tracked by an employee at eBART Central Control, located a half-mile from the station, when the BART extension begins service in 2017. In the interim, the security cameras will operate with local storage capability. In total, there will be 38 CCTV cameras, 10 courtesy phones and five emergency call boxes at the new Antioch eBART Station -- more than anywhere else in the BART system.

The safety of our riders, and the protection of their property, is the number one priority for the BART Police Department. We should expect nothing less.

Joel Keller

BART Director, District 2, Brentwood

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