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Another person in trackway at BART station slows San Francisco commute

An interior view of a BART train in San Francisco, on June 6, 2023. Bay Area SFMTA is experiencing significant state and local funding issues and both Muni and BART may need to cut rider service in order to reduce costs. | Isaac Ceja/The Standard
BART responded Thursday to reports of a person in the trackway between its 19th Street and MacArthur stations in Oakland.

BART staff said a search for a person on a Downtown Oakland station's trackway that delayed trains Thursday did not turn up anyone.

The Standard learned the person was seen in the 19th Street BART Station trackway, with at least one train held at the system's MacArthur Station while staffers tried to locate the person between MacArthur and 19th Street.

Aboard a train that held at 19th Street, technicians and workers walked through cars and waited to learn if anyone had been injured.

The issue happened only hours after a person entered the trackway at Downtown San Francisco's Embarcadero station, leading to multiple train delays and closing the system's Transbay Tube for over an hour Wednesday evening.

A BART spokesperson said the incident was leading to a 10-minute delay systemwide. The spokesman later told The Standard that police investigated the initial report but did not find anyone on the track.

Shortly after 11 a.m., BART said the system was recovering.

This is a developing story.

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