San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) Settlement Class Notice

The Court has scheduled a Fairness Hearing for April 18, 2024 at 9:30 a.m. It will be held in person at:

United States District Court
Northern District of California
Courtroom B – 15th Floor
450 Golden Gate Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94102

We will update this page if the date, time, place, or format of the hearing changes.

If you have a mobility disability and use or will use the elevators and escalators to access San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) stations and services, your rights may be affected by a proposed settlement agreement with BART.

See below for the full class notice in English, Spanish, and Chinese:

Simplified Chinese
Traditional Chinese

The proposed settlement agreement would settle a pending class action lawsuit brought by disability rights organizations and individuals with mobility disabilities against BART.

The lawsuit Senior and Disability Action, et al. v. San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit District, et al. Case No. 17-cv-01876 (LB) (N.D. Cal.) alleges people with mobility disabilities who use wheelchairs, walkers, and other mobility aids, and who rely on elevators or escalators, have been denied full and equal access to BART’s stations and services in violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and California law.

In 2023, the Parties reached a settlement in which BART agreed to:

  • Implement a strategic maintenance plan to renovate the 87 station elevators, make prompt repairs of out-of-service station elevators and escalators, and implement preventative maintenance plans to provide continuous, uninterrupted service.
  • A timely response to elevator and station cleanliness.
  • Communication of elevator and escalator outages.
  • An emergency preparedness plan including a protocol for passengers separated from their mobility devices during an emergency.
  • Training of BART personnel.
  • A complaint procedure to report on accessibility issues.

You have a right to object to this Agreement. Information on how to object is in the Class Notice.

The Agreement will not become effective unless the Court approves it.


To obtain copies of the notice in alternative accessible formats, please email

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