BART’s damage-control scramble on decoy cameras

As reported by the San Francisco Chronicle:

BART didn’t waste time announcing it would replace scores of dummy cameras on its trains with real ones — and with good reason.

The Chronicle report that embarrassed BART by revealing the decoy cameras hit just as the transit agency was putting pollsters into the field to gauge public support for a planned $3 billion bond measure to improve service and trains.

“It’s damage control,” said state Sen. Steve Glazer, D-Orinda, an outspoken critic of BART spending. “They have to convince the public that everything is going well when they go to the ballot.”

Past polling has shown a majority of voters in San Francisco, Alameda and Contra Costa counties would be willing to back higher sales or property taxes to pay for BART improvements. But the support hovers just over the two-thirds threshold needed for passage.

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