Person on tracks, suspicious package halt BART

Bay Area Rapid Transit passengers had a long commute Sunday night and this morning between a suspicious package at the Glen Park Station and a person who walked inside the Transbay Tube in San Francisco, a BART spokesman said.

The suspicious package was reported on a Pittsburg/Bay Point train that was headed to the San Francisco International Airport around 9:30 p.m., BART spokesman Linton Johnson said.

The train was stopped and evacuated at the Glen Park Station, prompting its closure until about 12:30 a.m. while San Francisco police and its bomb squad retrieved the package that appeared to be a guitar tuner, according to the Police Department.

BART provided bus bridges between 24th Street Station and the Glen Park Station until it reopened.

In a separate incident around 12:15 a.m., a man reportedly walked into the Embarcadero Station's Transbay Tube that connects to the East Bay under water, shutting down all trains to and from San Francisco and the East Bay, according to Johnson.

BART police arrested the man around 1 a.m., did a sweep and reopened the tube, he said.

The man apparently caused delays for up to 50 minutes but Johnson said BART extended its hours so all connector trains were available for the stalled passengers.

He said he was unsure why the man decided to walk into the tube.

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