BART has made preparations to carry large loads of passengers out of downtown San Francisco and Oakland if crowds increase following today's sentencing in Los Angeles of former BART Police Officer Johannes Mehserle.
BART is extending train lengths all day to accommodate extra riders. Additionally, the 11 trains that BART always has staged in Millbrae and Daly City for the evening commute are available to be dispatched earlier than normal if required. BART personnel can watch live feeds of how many people are coming through faregates, which allows them to make the decisions on how many extra trains, if any, may be needed to carry people home.
Again, our goal is to keep stations open, trains moving and, above all, our passengers and employees safe. At this point there continue to be no signs of any major protests in downtown Oakland.
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