West Oakland BART reopened after protesters chain themselves to train

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The West Oakland station has just reopened after Ferguson activists chained themselves to a BART train this morning and closed down the station all morning, according to @SFBART. As of 3:07 p.m., the station has just reopened and BART continues to experience delays.

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Photo by @jilltucker

The San Francisco Examiner reports that about 15-25 protesters chained themselves to trains on both sides of the West Oakland station, and passengers were evacuated. Because of the protest, trains cannot travel to and from the Transbay Terminal. The protest was first reported around 10:45 a.m., the Examiner reports. CBS Local reports that several protesters were arrested.

Check Out BART’s New Train Cars at Justin Herman Plaza Today

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photo by @ashleybsnyder

BART’s new train cars are on display today at Justin Herman Plaza from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. You can swing by to take a look at the new design, which is slated to go into service in 2017, according to the SF Appeal. Take a virtual tour yourself in this video captured by Oakland Tribune’s @Tyska.

BART says that the new train cars have a couple of new features:

Quieter: “micro-plug” doors will help seal out noise
Cooler: cooling systems will distribute air directly to the ceilings, making it more comfortable for standees on hot days
Comfortable: padded seats will have lumbar support and will be covered with wipeable fabric for ease of cleaning
Easy to use: routes will be color coded like the BART system map, and next stop information will be readily available via automated announcements and digital screens

In another video by @Tyska, people in wheelchair test out the new BART car design.
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News: Montgomery Station Reopened After Report of Person Under BART Train

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Update: 6 p.m.

Passengers report that Montgomery Station has re-opened after the person under the train was transported to the hospital. @SFBART says that service restoration is in progress.

KTVU reports that although the station has re-opened, other stations are still jam-packed with passengers.

Update: 5:49 p.m.
Riders are packed at other BART stations due to the Montgomery Station closure, as seen in the above photo from the Embarcadero Station from @JimMcNutty.

Original post (5:32 p.m.):
The Montgomery BART station is currently closed after reports that a person is under a BART train. Fire trucks and police vehicles are in front of the station, as witnesses on Twitter report. As of 5:32 p.m., the station is still closed and there are delays SFO, Daly City, and Millbrae bound trains, according to KRON4. In the photo below, passengers are jam-packed in the train as they await for the delay to clear up.

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Photo by Tolebon

More from riders:

The Chronicle’s Vivian Ho tweeted that the person under the train is still alive and being transported to a hospital to treat for head injuries.

We’ll keep you updated as we find out more.

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