Rain To Blame For Track Confusion That Delayed BART During Morning Commute

11:32 AM: BART is back on time after a problem with the agency’s aging trackside equipment caused morning delays, a BART spokesman said.

“We had sections of track that were reporting that they had trains in them when they really didn’t,” BART spokesman Jim Allison said.

As a result, there were delays of 10 to 20 minutes at the height of the commute hour, he said. The delays were system-wide but primarily affected trains heading into San Francisco, Allison said.

He said at 11:20 a.m. that the problem had been resolved and trains were back on schedule.

Allison said a few days of rainy weather can take a toll on some of BART’s trackside equipment, which he said is more than four decades old. Work is under way to upgrade that equipment, he said.

9:35 AM: A track problem is causing delays for BART riders heading through San Francisco this morning, a BART employee said.

A switching issue between the Embarcadero and Montgomery stations is causing delays of between 10 and 15 minutes for passengers heading to Millbrae and San Francisco International Airport, the employee said.

There are also delays for passengers going through the Transbay Tube to the East Bay, he said.

The problem was reported around 8:45 a.m.

Sasha Lekach, Bay City News

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