Supe disgusted over stench of 16th Street BART


The current conditions of the 16th Street Mission BART Station is pissing off one San Francisco supervisor.

From human feces to the smell of urine, Supervisor Hillary Ronen has had enough of the uncleanliness inside and the outside plazas of the station.

Ronen, who represents the Mission District, requested to have a hearing with BART management, The City’s department of public health and public works, to see what the agencies are doing about the current condition of the station.

Ronen said Tuesday at the Board of Supervisors meeting:

“It is one of the most disgusting sites in The City and it’s absolutely unacceptable.”

Ronen added:

“I don’t even understand how in a world-class city, one of the most important transportation hubs, can be filled with human waste every day, used needles, heaps of wet clothing, reeking of urine, trashed chicken bones, cigarette butts.”

Former San Francisco supervisor and current member of the BART Board Directors Bevan Dufty has also raised issue with the cleanliness of the station. Dufty began cleaning the plazas outside of the station last year to draw attention that the station did not have a full-time custodian.

Ronen joined Dufty in the cleanup from sweeping to cleaning up feces, said Ronen.

There was some good news as a full-time weekday custodian came onboard, but Ronen also wanted a custodian to work on weekends as well.

Ronen said the station had been power washed for four hours one night, but the smell became worse.

Ronen said Dufty had explained that the station had not been adequately cleaned for so long, in which urine was “seeped into the ground,” and the smell was exposed from the power washing:

“That’s what we’re asking our constituents, our transit riders, to deal with on a daily basis.”

In addition, Ronen is calling on city agencies to explain how they are helping those with mental health issues near the 16th Street Mission Station.

Jerold Chinn
Jerold Chinn is the San Francisco Bureau Chief of SFBay. A San Francisco native, he has spent a decade covering transportation in San Francisco. Send tips to or at Twitter @Jerold_Chinn.

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