After a long drawn-out labor feud which resulted in two four-day strikes, BART is back on track, per se. But the commuting inconveniences are not over yet.
BART announced that it will halt train service between Lafayette and Pleasant Hill for three hours today while the feds investigate the recent death of two BART workers who were hit by a train in Walnut Creek on Saturday.
A an alternative, BART will be carting commuters by bus in both directions from the Lafayette, Walnut Creek, and Pleasant Hill stations from 12 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
The Chron reports that the National Transportation Safety Board said it would be conducting a re-enactment of the incident that killed Laurence Daniels, 66, and Chris Sheppard, 58 as they investigated a dip in the tracks about a mile north of the Walnut Creek station. The incident occurred on the second day of the BART strike.
According to BART officials, an operator in training was running the BART car in automatic mode when the train struck the two men. The name of the driver has not been released.
"This is a tragic day in BART's history. The entire BART family is grieving," said BART's General Manager Grace Crunican. "Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of our deceased co-workers. This accident is under investigation."