BART To Spend $12 Million to Rebuild 3 Escalators

Problematic escalators in downtown SF to receive upgrade.

Help is on the way for some of BART's worn-down escalators.

BART will spend $12 million rebuilding three of its most problematic escalators -- at Powell Street and at Civic Center -- according to the San Francisco Examiner.

Escalators in the BART system have been known to shut down thanks to a problem that has nothing to do with public transit -- "human excrement" has caused the stairs to shut down time and again, according to the newspaper.

To stop this pattern in its tracks, BART plans to use some of the $12 million to construct "canopies" that will keep people with a need to go away from the escalators, the Examiner reports.

Construction is scheduled to begin in 2016.

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