A federal public transportation peer group spent three days visiting BART this week reviewing the transit agency's trackside worker safety plan, in light of the deaths of two workers last month, the board announced Thursday.

The American Public Transportation Association's safety peer review interviewed BART employees and managers from Monday through Wednesday, General Manager Grace Crunican said, searching for "any holes in our plans." She expects a report back in four weeks.

Last month, two workers were hit and killed while they inspected tracks between the Walnut Creek and Pleasant Hill stations. The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating the accident and a spokesman said there were no updates to the ongoing probe.

BART board President Tom Radulovich added that the California Public Utilities Commission's new worker safety rules will further change the district's regulations.

"It's going to really change the way we do business," Radulovich said. "Activity on the trackway is going to be much more restrictive."

The board decided to create a four-person committee to review documents from the NTSB investigation, along with the state changes to worker safety regulations. BART Directors Thomas Blalock, James Fang, John McPartland and Rebecca Saltzman were named to the committee and tasked with coming up with an action plan.

Contact Matthias Gafni at 925-952-5026. Follow him at Twitter.com/mgafni.



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