11:08 AM: BART service is getting back on track after a train lost power in the Transbay Tube earlier this morning, causing major delays.
The train, bound for San Francisco International Airport, became disabled in the tube around 8:25 a.m., BART spokeswoman Luna Salaver said.
When the train stalled, power went out in the front car, leaving some riders in the dark, Salaver said.
The incident caused lengthy delays systemwide.
Salaver said the operator went to the back of the train and used the rear-car control room to move the train back to West Oakland in manual mode. The passengers were let off and took a different train into San Francisco, she said.
The tunnel was cleared shortly before 9 a.m. but residual delays lingered. As of 10:45 a.m. service was nearly back to normal but some trains were a few minutes late.
Many BART riders posted about the experience on social media.
One Twitter user said, “Being stuck in a BART train in the transbay tube for 30 minutes this morning was pretty close to my worst commute ever.”
Another rider tweeted, “On a BART train stuck in the TransBay tube, lights out, no power. This…this means that the first Kaiju attack is happening, right?”
David Brown, 25, who works at the San Francisco Massage Supply Company on 10th Street in San Francisco, opened the shop late because his train that he caught at the Ashby Station in Berkeley was stopped at West Oakland behind the stalled train for more than 30 minutes.
He said his fellow riders took the delay in stride and that the operator kept passengers informed on what was happening every few minutes.
“Nobody was huffing and puffing,” he said. “People were keeping to themselves.”
Sasha Lekach, Bay City News
9:19 AM: A BART train that became disabled inside the Transbay Tube this morning has been removed and service is getting back to normal, a BART spokeswoman said.
The train was bound for San Francisco International Airport when it stopped functioning and got stuck in the tube at about 8:25 a.m.
“We do not know why the lead car stopped operating,” BART spokeswoman Luna Salaver said.
The incident caused major delays systemwide, and many riders took to social media to tweet about being stuck.
Salaver said the operator went to the back of the train and “took the train via manual mode back to West Oakland.”
The Transbay Tube was cleared shortly before 9 a.m. but there were still residual delays.
9:10 AM: A San Francisco-bound BART train has become disabled in the Transbay Tube, causing major BART delays this morning.
Efforts are under way to move the train, but as of 8:40 a.m. it remained stuck and a BART employee said other trains might have to begin single-tracking around it.