BART’s official Twitter account made the announcement just after 8:00 a.m., right in the middle of Wednesday morning rush hour:
“There is a dog on the trackway near the Coliseum. We are working to get the dog.”
Turns out that wasn’t some figure of speech or technical jargon. There was literally a dog running around on the BART tracks in Oakland, reducing service on some lines to single track during some of the busiest hours of the day.
BART assured riders that it was trying to rescue the dog without running it over.
Still working to get that dog near Coliseum. We have major delays on the Fremont line. And no we are not going to run over the dog.— SFBART (@SFBART) September 27, 2017
But the dog, true to canine nature, kept running away. Because, you see, dogs will do that.
The dog keeps running off. We are going to run an inspection train at slow speed to see where the dog is and if we can get trains moving.— SFBART (@SFBART) September 27, 2017
Naturally, Twitter users started circulating pictures, videos, and anecdotes of the delinquent pup, who appeared to be having a very good time, even if nobody else was.
DEAR DOG ON BART TRACKS,— Victoria (@thistorikid) September 27, 2017
HOW DID YOU GET THERE
ARE YOU SAFE
YOURE MAKING ME 30 MIN LATE FOR WORK
In short, if every dog has his day, this was definitely it for the pooch in question.
It wasn’t until nearly 9 a.m. that BART Police managed to snag the highly mobile mutt and get trains running at full speed again.
Still no word on the pup’s owner or how it managed to get on the track. After reviewing photo and video evidence, we can confirm that, despite causing havoc and holding up the Bay Area’s morning commute for the better part of an hour, he/she is a very good dog. Yes he is.
Thank you Sgt. Carter for saving this sweet pup. The dog has been taken to Oakland Animal Control. No tags. pic.twitter.com/9zrBSLIx9F— SFBART (@SFBART) September 27, 2017
- Bay Area Rapid Transit [Twitter]