CPUC issues new rules after fatal BART incident

October 31, 2013 2:03:29 PM PDT
The California Public Utilities Commission Thursday approved new safety rules for BART and other transit agencies.

The vote was unanimous, and the rules go into effect immediately.

The new rules come after a deadly accident earlier this month during the BART strike in which two BART workers were killed while inspecting tracks near Walnut Creek. A trainee was operating the train at the time.

Under the new rules, transit agencies must immediately create a three-way communications system between central command, train operators and wayside workers.

The rules also cover San Francisco's Muni and the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority.