Electrical issue causes major BART delays

BART officials confirmed that service between the Pittsburg/Bay Point and North Concord stations was temporarily suspended Thursday morning.

They warned that BART service users could face significant delays; thus, they should take a bus bridge to get to the North Concord station to catch a BART train there. More demand for buses resulted in crowded buses in addition to more travel time.

The major system-wide BART delays, with the biggest impacts to the Pittsburg/Bay Point to SFO line, were caused by an electrical equipment issue.

An investigation is underway but BART Chief Mechanical Officer Dave Hardt said the damage caused by the issue to the cars’ propulsion systems could take months to be resolved. However,
A spokesperson for the rail system assured that there is “no safety risk” for passengers.

Speaking on the topic, BART spokesperson Alicia Trost said, [There is] no safety risk or concern for any of the passengers … But we have shut down that section of track because we can’t afford to damage any more train cars. We already have a limited number of cars in our fleet.”

The widely-used train service was first suspended between North Concord/Martinez Station and Pittsburg/Bay Point Station on Wednesday. As of Thursday night, a total of 58 cars were out of service. Less significant delays are expected persist on other lines in the system.

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