SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Bay Area Rapid Transit trains will be required to slow down or stop as they approach track workers following the deaths of two inspectors who were struck during a labor strike last weekend, the agency said Thursday.
BART Assistant General Manager Paul Oversier told the transit district's board of directors that the new rule will replace the previous practice of making workers solely responsible for their own safety as they perform simpler tasks on the tracks of the commuter rail line.
The move "addresses the No. 1 issue surrounding this incident," Oversier said.
"Fortunately, the fatalities we have are few and far between," he said. "That said, obviously one is too many."