All-Hands Night for BART

Thursday, Dec 31, 2009  |  Updated 3:12 PM PDT
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All-Hands Night for BART

Shea Hazarian

The C3 Collective picked a spot right by Walnut Creek's BART station, convenient to catering to the commuter crowd.

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The Bay Area Rapid Transit Agency will beef up the police presence at stations and on trains for New Year's.

BART said there will be 150 to 200 officers from various San Francisco Bay area law enforcement agencies on hand to make sure New Year's revelers get around safely. That's a significant increase from previous years.

Spokesman Linton Johnson said the additional staffing has been discussed for years, but it is being implemented now in part because of the fatal shooting last New Year's Day of Oscar Grant by BART police Officer Johannes Mehserle.

Grant was shot after officers responded to calls of a fight on a train.

Mehserle's attorney said his client, who has pleaded not guilty to murder, meant to use his Taser instead of his handgun.

Grant's family has scheduled a news conference at the Fruitvale BART station Friday afternoon.

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