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NBC BAY AREA TO RELEASE SEASON 2 OF “DERAILED” ON SEPTEMBER 9, THE DIGITAL INVESTIGATIVE SERIES WILL EXPLORE HOW BART IS COPING WITH A PANDEMIC, FINANCIAL CRISIS, AND RACIAL RECKONING

Led by Senior Investigative Reporter Bigad Shaban, Season 2 will include five new episodes that examine the safety risks and health hazards of riding BART during the pandemic as well as the transit agency’s efforts to reform its own police department in the wake of its troubled history involving excessive force by officers and other misconduct.

Season 2 will be available to stream on NBCBayArea.com, YouTube and Apple TV on September 9

SAN JOSE, CA – (September 2, 2020) – NBC Bay Area will release “DERAILED: SEASON 2” on September 9, a follow up to its Emmy Award-winning, digital-original investigation that exposed how a once renowned subway system in the San Francisco Bay Area became one of the most dangerous in the country. The series was designed as a digital-first investigation.

The all new five-part season of DERAILED will look at the risks of riding BART amid a global health crisis, what the transportation network is doing to keep their riders safe, and whether it’s enough. The investigation also centers around BART’s police force and efforts to dramatically transform the department in the wake of widespread calls for police reform.

The NBC Bay Area Investigative Unit, led by Senior Investigative Reporter Bigad Shaban, spent months riding along with and interviewing passengers who continue to rely on BART during the pandemic. Shaban also questioned top BART officials about new safety measures and obtained and reviewed thousands of criminal records from BART police that are now raising serious questions about the frequency of officers issuing citations to minority passengers.

“Some were, frankly, afraid to ride BART well before the pandemic, so we wanted to find out what’s being done to make sure those riders are safe in the midst of a global health emergency, said Shaban. “While BART’s ridership is down about 90 percent, we discovered many of the transit agency’s problems are still here – including drug use, homelessness, and violent crime.”

“Safety on BART continues to be an important quality of life issue for people across the Bay Area, whether they continue to ride during the pandemic, or plan to return after,” said Stephanie Adrouny, Vice President of News at NBC Bay Area. “Many of the problems we exposed in our original DERAILED investigation are still there and Season 2 aims to hold BART’s top leaders accountable for those issues as well as new concerns exposed by recent events.”

Season 1 of DERAILED debuted in November 2019 and revealed that BART has a higher rate of violent crime than transportation systems in New York, D.C., and Atlanta. The investigation was recognized with an Edward R. Murrow award and an Emmy award.

Watch NBC Bay Area’s “DERAILED: SEASON 2” five-part digital-original investigation on September 9.

SEASON 2 EPISODES

Opening:

BART IN CRISIS

The NBC Bay Area Investigative Unit is back aboard BART to explore how the transit agency is coping with a pandemic, financial fallout, and racial reckoning that is demanding serious changes within the BART police department.

Chapter 1:

“IT DOES FEEL EERIE”

Some in the San Francisco Bay Area were afraid to ride BART well before the pandemic. Now, in the middle of a global health crisis, what exactly are the risks? The NBC Bay Area Investigative Unit spent months recording on BART, interviewing passengers, and questioning top medical professionals and BART leaders to investigate the health and safety hazards of catching a ride during the pandemic.

Chapter 2:

“HOPEFULLY NEVER”

BART is still without about 90 percent of its passengers. The dramatic decline dates back to late March, when much of the Bay Area instituted shelter-at-home orders. As a result, BART is predicting a $363 million shortfall this year alone. As the agency’s leaders frantically try to balance the books, some are questioning BART’s spending, especially on projects that have little to do with trains or stations.

Chapter 3:

“AN EXEMPLARY GENERAL”

The national debate about race and police reform is echoing inside BART’s virtual board room as BART directors argue over the role of law enforcement and the need to restructure BART’s own police force. The debate gets personal with one director accusing another of sharing racist views.

Chapter 4:

“GO WHERE THERE’S FISH”

As BART’s police department grapples with a loss of funding, an NBC Bay Area investigation raises serious questions about a year-long BART police operation and its potential impact on Black riders. After obtaining and reviewing more than 12,000 criminal citations issued by BART police, the Investigative Unit exposes a serious disparity in how often Black passengers are cited by BART officers.

Chapter 5:

“HE DESERVED TO LIVE”

BART’s police force is slated to soon undergo a major transformation. At the same time, Wanda Johnson is pushing for additional anti-racism training across BART’s police department – the very agency that took her son’s life more than a decade ago. Her son, Oscar Grant, was shot and killed by a BART police officer on Jan. 1, 2009. Johnson’s hope for who will lead the new training sessions will surprise you.

ABOUT NBC BAY AREA

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