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SF Train Station Janitor Paid $58K Actually Made $270K

Liang Zhao Zhang picked up a lot of overtime

(Newser) - Looking to make the big bucks? Try being a janitor and apparently not having a life. A San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit janitor raked in about $271,000 in pay and benefits last year—almost five times his base salary of $57,945, reports NBC Bay Area —after... More »

1st BART Cop Ever Killed Died at Colleague's Hands

Sgt. Tom Smith was a 20-year veteran of the force: officials

(Newser) - For the first time since the Bay Area Rapid Transit police formed 42 years ago, an on-duty officer has been killed—and the death of Sgt. Tom Smith Jr., 42, apparently came at the hands of a colleague. In what's being painted as a tragic accident, the fatal shooting... More »

Under Shadow of 2 Deaths, BART Goes Back to Work

'This has got to be the last time that this happens,' says Gavin Newsom

(Newser) - After four days of massive traffic jams and overcrowded buses and ferries, Bay Area Rapid Transit and its two biggest unions have reached a deal that will bring the rail strike to an end, reports the San Francisco Chronicle . "This offer is more than we wanted to pay, but... More »

Amid Strike, SF Train Kills 2 Workers

Employees were inspecting tracks; train was on auto

(Newser) - A San Francisco Bay Area commuter train returning from routine maintenance struck and killed two workers who were inspecting the tracks yesterday afternoon—an accident that comes amid a strike that has shut the Bay Area Rapid Transit system down for the past few days. The four-car train was being... More »

SF Trains Resume— Without Union Deal

Contracts extended for 30 days

(Newser) - Trains will resume in San Francisco today following a strike , after the San Francisco Bay Area transit agency and its two largest unions agreed to extend a labor contract for a month while they continue bargaining. A statement released late yesterday by Bay Area Rapid Transit said trains will begin... More »

BART Protesters Shut Station

20-30 people arrested in two-hour demonstration

(Newser) - New BART protests yesterday sparked another confrontation with San Francisco riot cops and shut down a key station. At least 50 protesters marched on downtown Powell Station, forcing the station to close over rush hour, reports the San Francisco Chronicle . Shouting "No justice, no peace," protesters screamed... More »

Anonymous Leaks Lewd Pics of BART Spokesman

Saucy photos circulated online as BART directors meet

(Newser) - Hackers outraged by BART's decision to cut off cell phone service to foil a protest have gone below the belt. Anonymous claims it has obtained lewd photos of BART spokesman Linton Johnson, and it has circulated them online, reports SF Weekly . One picture allegedly features Johnson displaying his genitals.... More »

45 Busted in BART Protests

Free-speech protesters snarl SF rush hour again

(Newser) - Some 45 people were arrested yesterday during the latest protest against San Francisco's Bay Area Rapid Transit's decision to cut cellphone service to foil a demonstration earlier this month. The protests forced the closure of two stations at rush hour, reports the San Francisco Chronicle . BART police arrested... More »

BART Braces for Protests Tonight

Won't rule out cutting cell service again

(Newser) - On the heels of being hacked by Anonymous, California's Bay Area Rapid Transit is bracing for more protests called for this evening, reports the San Francisco Chronicle . BART took considerable flak after it cut cell phone service underground to stem anti-police protests Thursday, and it's not ruling out... More »

Cop in BART Killing Gets Out After a Year

Former transit officer Johannes Mehserle served one year behind bars

(Newser) - A former Oakland transit cop convicted of shooting and killing an unarmed man on a subway platform last year was freed today after a year in prison, reports CNN . Johannes Mehserle was sentenced to two years for involuntary manslaughter, but he received one day of good conduct credit for each... More »

Bacteria, Mold Fill BART Seats

Cloth seats harder to clean, allow dangerous bacteria to thrive

(Newser) - If you are fighting for a seat on San Francisco's BART trains, maybe you should think again—the seats are full of nasty bacteria, including a drug-resistant strain of staphylococcus aureus superbug, and several types of mold, says a new report commissioned by The Bay Citizen . “I would love... More »

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