BART officials are asking passengers -- especially those riding near the downtown San Francisco and downtown Oakland stations -- to be patient with service because the trains are very full as a result of the Mehserle verdict.
The verdict is going to be read at 4 p.m.
"All of our trains are on time; however, they are very packed with passengers," BART spokesman Linton Johnson said.
Noah Klein was one of the passengers trying to get on a train at the 12th Street/Oakland City Center station.
Klein works in the Elihu M. Harris State Building in downtown Oakland, and was told to go home early after word came in that a verdict had been reached.
"It was a mob almost," he said. "It wasn't rushing or angry or trying to push, but everyone was trying to make their way down to a train."
He said, "everybody's pretty calm, just a little concerned."