JOHANNES MEHSERLELos Angeles will officially receive the former BART police officer’s murder trial Friday. L.A. Superior Court Judge Robert Perry will conduct a status hearing to begin proceedings after an Alameda County judge ordered the trial moved to Southern California due to the large amount of publicity in the Bay Area. Mehserle is accused of fatally shooting passenger Oscar Grant III on New Year’s Day 2009. Read More
The bumping, jostling and high-stress levels that have been standard fare for BART passengers traveling out of The City on New Year’s Eve could be dissipated this year under a plan to split up service at San Francisco’s downtown stations. Read More
BART officials expect the investigation into Wednesday’s train derailment to take “several days, if not weeks,” an agency spokesman said.A northbound BART train carrying 75 people derailed about 10:25 a.m. Wednesday near the Oakland City Center/12th Street station. No one was injured, as the train had been moving relatively slowly, authorities said. Read More
A man who was hauled off a BART train and shoved by a police officer into a window that smashed upon impact was arraigned on three misdemeanors Tuesday.
Michael Gibson, 37, of San Leandro was charged with disturbing the peace, being drunk in public and indecent exposure by the Alameda County District Attorney’s Office. BART police arrested Gibson on Saturday on felony charges of battery of a police officer with injury, obstruction and resisting an officer. Read More
The man who was videotaped getting smashed into a glass window at the West Oakland BART station Saturday was arrested earlier that day in Daly City and cited for allegedly assaulting another passenger.
On Monday, a BART police commander responded to reports that the unruly man, identified as 37-year-old Michael Gibson, is mentally ill. His sister Lisa Gibson said that he has been diagnosed with bipolar disorder and schizophrenia. Read More
Military personnel on leave from Iraq and Afghanistan will be given free tickets by BART beginning in January. The transit agency, following an 8-1 vote on the proposal by its board of directors, says it’s the first major transportation agency to offer this promotion. Eligible personnel will receive one $50 BART ticket after showing their military ID and a valid leave order. Tickets are available at the Lake Merritt station. Read More
Approximately 437,200 commuters squeezed onto BART trains Wednesday, shattering the transit system’s historic ridership record.
Judging by Thursday’s morning commute, that record will be beat again. Read More
Already-stressed BART riders received another jolt Wednesday when power went out at the South Hayward station.
BART spokesman Jim Allison said a problem with a substation in the area caused South Hayward station to lose power at 6:40 p.m.; trains could not stop at the station, but since the electric third rail was not affected, trains could pass through the station.
BART will not run overnight trains tonight despite an expected closure of the Bay Bridge because Caltrans has not agreed to pay for the additional service, officials announced Wednesday afternoon.
“Overnight service is typically a money loser, and Caltrans will generally reimburse us. We haven’t gotten that agreement yet with Caltrans,” BART spokesman Linton Johnson said. Read More