One year marks one million rides on BART to Oakland!

November 21 marks one year of active service for the automated BART to OAK line between Oakland International Airport and Coliseum Station.  Coincidentally, it is also expected to reach the one millionth passenger trip milestone at some point this weekend – a sign of its tremendous success and growing reputation among riders.

“The BART to OAK line is clean, modern and convenient for riders,” said BART spokesperson Jim Allison. “Based on feedback from our riders both in surveys and on social media, they agree and appreciate just how quick the ride is.”

BART to OAK’s popularity was quickly made apparent, with a 36.5% increase in ridership compared to the AirBART shuttle bus previously serving as the link between BART and the airport.  A constantly growing daily average of 3,300 entries and exits highlights the importance of a rail connection to air travel – especially as Oakland International continues to experience large increases in passenger traffic alongside expanded service routes.

Oakland Airport spokesperson Keonnis Taylor said, “The airport is delighted to be celebrating our first year of partnership with BART by also commemorating the one millionth BART to OAK passenger. It’s an exciting way to begin the holiday season, and to continue the trend of growth the airport has seen this year.”

Furthermore, BART passenger surveys underscored the positive ridership numbers, reporting a 99% approval rating of the new train system – i.e., describing the service as either ‘good’ or ‘excellent.’ Reliability also helped boost passengers’ perceptions: BART to OAK had a 99.7% service availability rating during the previous quarter.

As 2015 wraps up, BART is again expecting a significant increase in airport passengers during the holiday season.  To help travelers, BART will be making an additional 400 long-term airport parking spaces available systemwide for this year’s holiday season – so if you’re planning on traveling far away to see loved ones, BART has your transit needs covered.

Fatal Caltrain Accidents Increasing in Summer 2011

The fatal collision in Sunnyvale on July 19 between a commuter train and an individual described as an adult male trespasser brought the 2011 death toll on the Caltrain system to 11, a total already greater than the 10 fatalities reported by the agency for all of 2010.

Caltrain maintains accident records indicating 19 fatalities along the system in 2009, 10 in 2010 and 11 so far in 2011. Of these 38 deadly accidents, 24 were determined to be suicides, with another 12 cases under investigation.

Fatal commuter train accidents can result from any number of causes, with suicide being the leading cause of death in recent years. In cases of derailment, grade-crossing accidents involving cars or bicycles, or other accident scenarios, it can be difficult to determine whether operator error, equipment malfunction, negligent station or signal design or other causes are primarily to blame for a given accident.

Trial Lawyers with a Record of Success in Public Transportation Accidents

Experienced attorneys who are familiar with the legal, procedural and evidentiary demands of wrongful death litigation against public transportation agencies can help the surviving families find out just went wrong in a fatal train accident. At Weber & Nierenberg, our lawyers have successfully resolved a number of serious or fatal accident cases involving Bay Area transit agencies.

We recovered a total of $9.1 million in four cases involving serious or fatal injuries resulting from negligent or intentionally tortious conduct on the part of Bay Area public transportation agencies and their employees. Weber & Nierenberg’s experience with the investigation and proof of personal injury and wrongful death claims in a wide variety of situations represents a powerful advantage in our clients’ favor.

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