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SF Commuter May Have Exposed Thousands to Measles

Infected rider used BART for 3 days

(Newser) - A person infected with measles used San Francisco's Bay Area Rapid Transit system for three days last week, and health officials say the risk of commuters contracting the disease is low—but the number of people potentially exposed is very high. Officials say the infected person, a LinkedIn employee,... 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 »

San Francisco Subway Workers Go On Strike

400K forced to commute some other way

(Newser) - Hundreds of thousands of habitual subway riders had to find other ways to work today, after San Francisco's negotiation with BART subway employees broke down around 2am. The city wants the more than 5,000 subway workers to pay more toward their pensions and benefits in exchange for an... More »

SF Escalators Jammed With ... Poop

Homeless people use them as restrooms

(Newser) - San Francisco workers were greeted with an unpleasant sight when they opened a broken subway escalator: a vast quantity of human waste—enough to require a hazardous materials team on the scene. It seems that homeless people frequently use BART stairwells as nighttime toilets; indeed, the poop came as no... 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 »

Hackers Post Personal Data on BART Cops

Anonymous tweets links to addresses, email accounts of 102 cops

(Newser) - In the latest battle between BART and police brutality protesters, hackers have posted addresses and emails of cops working the San Francisco transit system. "Leaked personal data, emails and passwords for 102 BART police officers," crowed a tweet by Anonymous . The post linked to a website listing addresses... More »

BART Shuts Service Amid Protests

Cellphone signals aren't blocked, stations reopen

(Newser) - San Francisco officials didn't block cellphone signals this time around during a BART protest, but they did halt transit service at all four downtown stations. Hundreds of commuters were forced to the street to find other ways to get home during rush hour. Some 50 protesters who gathered on... 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 »

Anonymous Hacks BART

Hacktivists retaliate for transit system's cell-phone block during protest

(Newser) - Turns out the hacker group Anonymous wasn't willing to wait for this afternoon's protest to strike at the evil empire that is San Francisco public transit. Hackers hit a BART website yesterday, defacing the site and releasing the private information of more than 2,000 BART customers, reports... More »

Anonymous Calls for BART Protest

Hackers angry over cell service disruption to prevent last week's protest

(Newser) - Tomorrow at 5pm in San Francisco's Civic Center Station. Wear red. That's the protest plan announced yesterday by hacker group Anonymous, in retaliation for the transit authority turning off cell phone service last Thursday to stop another protest, reports the San Francisco Chronicle . "In the Bay Area,... More »

San Francisco Subway Cuts Cell Service to Foil Protest

Move apparently worked, but backlash is growing

(Newser) - This one could get interesting: Transit authorities in San Francisco temporarily cut cell phone service to four subway stations yesterday to prevent protesters from organizing, reports CNET . It seemed to work: The protest—over the fatal shooting of a man by a BART police officer last month—never materialized. But... 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 »

Oakland Cops Arrest 80 in Riots

Protesters angry over transit killing verdict

(Newser) - Oakland police arrested more than 80 people last night following protests by demonstrators who think a white transit cop got off easy for killing a black man. Dozens of stores were vandalized downtown, Dumpster fires raged in the middle of the street, and "Oakland is our amusement park tonight!... More »

Officer Guilty of Manslaughter in Transit Killing

He escapes murder charges in volatile racial case

(Newser) - A white former transit officer was convicted of involuntary manslaughter today in the shooting death of an unarmed black man on an Oakland train platform in a 2009 encounter that set off days of rioting in the city. Prosecutors had wanted Johannes Mehserle convicted of murdering 22-year-old Oscar Grant, who... More »

Cop Smashes Glass —With Man's Head

Both treated for cuts

(Newser) - A California transit cop has been caught on video slamming a drunk's head through a plate glass window in an Oakland BART station. The video shows the officer forcibly removing Joseph Gibson, 37, from a train, where he was rowdy and profane, earning applause from passengers. But then he crosses... More »

Oakland Marchers Protest Shooting; Officer Charged

(Newser) - More than 1,000 protesters took to the streets of downtown Oakland this evening to protest the New Year's Day shooting of an unarmed black man by a transit officer, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. The protest comes hours after the officer, who has since resigned, was arrested and charged... More »

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