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Update: BART fixes power issues that caused train to stall on Transbay Tube, severe delays


SAN FRANCISCO — Bay Area Rapid Transit officials announced late Friday that power issues that led to a stalled train inside the Transbay tube and major delays for much of the day have been resolved. .

The agency said shortly before 11 p.m. that normal train service had been restored, nearly 4 p.m. after service was disrupted.

According to BART spokesman Jim Allison, the problem began at 7:11 a.m. when a substation supplying power to trains in the tube went offline. Some 200 passengers were stranded for about two hours on a broken down train inside the tube, due to electrical equipment problems that persisted throughout the day.

Passengers on Friday morning’s broken down train were in the dark during the long delay inside the tube until it was finally turned back on, arriving at West Oakland station around 9.15am.

“We are making progress diagnosing the issue,” Allison said in a 9:45 a.m. voicemail update. “The substation that went down was actually doing a fail-safe connection with the trains.”

Power issues in the tube forced the system to juggle its normal schedule.

“Red line service is temporarily cancelled,” transit officials tweeted at 9:30 a.m. work according to their normal schedule. »

A shuttle train was established between SFO and Millbrae station and bus bridges were also put in place. Officials advised commuters to seek alternative transportation aboard AC Transit buses. At Ashby Station it is the F bus, at Fruitvale Station the O bus and at 19th St. Station the NL bus.

San Francisco Muni also provided mutual aid between Embarcadero and Daly City stations.

Delays remained systemwide as single-track trains through the tube and other BART lines saw service suspended.

Just before 2 p.m., BART said service was temporarily interrupted between West Oakland and Embarcadero stations while crews repair the ongoing trackside power issue.

At around 2:20 p.m., BART advised that the system-wide delays would persist until the end of service Friday evening, as trains would be single-track in the tube for the rest of the day. People were urged to seek alternative transportation, including on AC Transit which offered free rides on transbay lines.

At 8:45 p.m., the agency said the one-time tracking would continue until the service ended Friday night. Crews were still working in the tube and test trains were running on the impacted track to prepare for normal service on Saturday.

Although there was no immediate word if the issue is the same, the notice stirred memories among passengers of the setbacks suffered by the system on Sunday in which service was also stopped in the Transbay Tube due to equipment problems.

Trains were forced to turn back before the tube on both sides of the bay and passengers had to be removed from these trains.




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