BART sees near record ridership numbers over weekend

With the westbound Bay Bridge closed this weekend, Bay Area travelers packed on to BART, resulting in near-record ridership numbers. Unofficial numbers — from a BART press release sent out Monday morning — put Sunday’s ridership at approximately 178,000 people. This is tens of thousands higher than the previous Sunday
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BART unveils new community-based policing structure

Under fire after an audit report questioned its use of force and organization, the Bay Area Rapid Transit Police Department unveiled plans Tuesday for a zoning structure that aims to reduce crime. BART’s new Zone Geographical Policing Structure is the department’s most recent answer to recommendations made by the 2011
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New BART cars on track to arrive in 2014

Gritty carpets and stained fabric seats greet commuters who step inside Bay Area Rapid Transit train cars. It can be difficult to hear the conductor announce the next stop, and when the trains are crowded, difficult to discern at which station the train is arriving. But BART officials promise this
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BART adopts cellphone disruption policy

Following controversy over Bay Area Rapid Transit officials’ decision to cut all cellphone communication at multiple stations in August to prevent a protest, BART Board of Directors adopted a policy this week to only interrupt service under “extraordinary circumstances.” At its meeting Thursday, the board approved a policy that defined
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Bill could keep repeat offenders out of BART stations

Those planning to join the weekly protests held at Bay Area Rapid Transit stations across the Bay Area may need to rethink their decision should Gov. Jerry Brown sign a bill currently on his desk. Authored by Assemblymember Roger Dickinson, D–Sacramento, AB 716  would empower authorities to prohibit repeat offenders
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BART’s Board of Directors deemed the agency’s decision to cut cellphone service disproportionate at a special meeting.

Cellphone decision incites rage

At a public hearing Wednesday morning, several members of the Bay Area Rapid Transit Board of Directors deemed the agency’s decision to cut cellphone service two weeks ago during a protest a disproportionate response. The meeting, held in Oakland, was intended to discuss BART’s Aug. 11 decision to disrupt cellphone
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