BART Beefs Up Security For New Year's Eve

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(Sacramento, CA)
Thursday, December 31, 2009
The Bay Area Rapid Transportation District is beefing up New Year's patrols. It's in reaction to the shooting death of an unarmed passenger by a BART police officer last New Year's Day.
Linton Johnson is a BART spokesman:
"New Year's Eve is typically a time when people get a little spirited and so we want people to get to their destination safely and sometimes people get a little agitated when they're in crowds and so part of it is to have enough officers on hand to handle any disruptions."
Johnson says hundreds of extra officers will be riding the trains and patrolling BART stations…not just BART police but sheriff's deputies from San Francisco and Contra Costa County and Oakland police.
Meanwhile in Sacramento, Regional Transit will NOT be offering free rides tonight for New Year's Eve has it has in the past. And Friday for New Year's Day, RT will be operating on a holiday schedule. That means routes labeled "H" on the schedule will not be in service.