San Francisco Train Station To Close To Deter Halloween Revelers

Authorities say they plan to close a train station near San Francisco's Castro district this Halloween to ward off potential partiers.

The Bay Area Rapid Transit station at the intersection of 16th Street and Mission Street is scheduled to close at 8 p.m. on October 31, hours earlier than normal.

City officials shut down the Castro's annual Halloween street bash this year after a gunman shot nine people at last year's event.

But many revelers have vowed to go to the Castro anyway, even though streets are set to stay open and merchants have been asked to close their businesses early on Halloween.

BART officials said the decision to close the station came after
a request from city leaders.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

AP-NY-10-28-07 1511EDT

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