After reading it, there's also the possibility that you could take pictures on behalf
of an educational entity (school, WMF as a secondary education facility), and state that
you'll be posting them on Wikipedia.Since contributing to Wikipedia is an educational
activity. As a student, the photography permit is only 25 dollars, and you get a BART
escort, I think.
Jon <wiki(a)konsoletek.com> wrote: Howdy All,
I just thought I'd share a little bit of information with everyone relating to
Photography on BART. According to the BART permits page (
): "If you are a paying
passenger making your way from point A to point B, then there is no specific prohibition
to taking photographs in areas that are accessible to the public provided you do not
appear to be a security threat, involved in a commercial activity or harassing other
riders." So as a member of the transit riding public - you can take pictures without
a permit. Though I suggest if you plan on taking any amount of photos around BART - keep
a printed out copy of this page handy.
The reason I share this is because I had not previously been aware of the rules, after all
it is PUBLIC transit so I treated it as any PUBLIC location. While I've taken hundreds
of pictures on, around and of the BART system today I had an interesting run in with a
station agent. The agent asked me what I was doing (after I had taken a picture of the
ticket gates). I explained to her that I was taking a picture for my own personal use (me
being artsy and all). She informed me that it was against the rules (possibly law, I
don't remember) to take pictures on any mass transit system and then threatened to
have me arrested, demanded to see my ID... and all that fun stuff. I managed to escape
the cops or arrest (barely), but that isn't the point here.
Anyways, I just wanted to let everyone know, since I know I've emailed about the lack
of pictures on Commons of Bay Area topics, and specifically BART stations. So just be
careful if you do take pictures around BART - you might end up in jail. (Hey, it's a
free country, they can arrest you for no good reason).
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