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Is It Safe to Take a Baby on BART?

by Maggie McCormick, studioD

San Francisco's Bay Area Rapid Transit system is a convenient way to get around the bay area. If you are traveling with a baby, you are naturally concerned for your child's safety, because any rapid transit system can become crowded, with multiple jerky, starts and stops. As long as you are safe, your baby is likely to be safe on the BART, as well.

Baby Carriers

Using an infant sling is probably the easiest way to take your baby on BART. When your baby is very young, hold him close in a sling, and use your hand to cup his head to help mitigate the effects of jerky motions. It is easier to find a seat while carrying your baby than if he is in a stroller. The BART website states that it is not safe to carry a baby on the escalator, though, so take the stairs instead. Also, take care to watch the gap when entering the train.


A stroller is another safe place for your baby on a subway train, provided that you have fastened your baby securely into the stroller, according to The Brooklyn Hospital Center. However, you should not attempt to take your stroller on the escalator. You should fold up the stroller and carry it up or down the stairs, along with your baby. Alternatively, BART offers elevators at all stations, which go to all platforms. On the train, park the stroller near the door, preferably in a spot reserved for wheelchairs, and lock the stroller brake.

Station Safety

Stand back from the area where the BART train arrives. You and your baby should be well behind the yellow line. Lock the wheels on the station platform to ensure that your baby does not accidentally roll away. Allow other passengers to enter the train before you, so that you can remain near the door.


Though you and your baby should be safe in a BART train, it is important to note that accidents are more likely to happen during morning and afternoon rush hour when people are traveling to and from work. Avoid these times, and the chance that you will be caught in a rush of people is less likely, because going during rush hour could become dangerous.

About the Author

Maggie McCormick is a freelance writer. She lived in Japan for three years teaching preschool to young children and currently lives in Honolulu with her family. She received a B.A. in women's studies from Wellesley College.

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