Friday, January 1st, 2010 at 12:45 pm in Uncategorized.
BART started out the New Year smoothly. No passengers were shot, injured or arrested. That might not seem like much to brag about. But it was a more peaceful start than a year ago when a transit officer fatally shot an unarmed passenger to death early Jan. 1 as the rider lay on the ground at the Fruitvale BART station. The officer quit BART before he was charged with murder.
BART’s efforts to avert trouble this New Year’s Eve appeared to pay off.
BART beefed up police patrols and tinkered with service so trains carrying riders between the East Bay and San Francisco skipped a stop at either the Embarcadero or Montgomery stations to spread out crowds and minimize service delays. The idea was to prevent too many riders ending up at in one place at the same time, slowing train loading and departures and frazzling riders’ nerves.
BART spokesman Linton Johnson told television reporters early this morning it was one of the smoothest New Year’s Eve the transit system has had.
Elsewhere in the transportation world, a few wrinkles emerged on the big night. A driver was found passed in his vehicle on the side of the highway on the approach to the Bay Bridge, television station KTVU reported. A video broadcast by the station shows the man still out when he was hauled out of his vehicle and taken away. On the bright side, at least the vehicle didn’t trigger a serious crash.