Transbay Tube Retrofit to Cause BART Delays for More than a Year

SAN FRANCISCO BAY (KRON) — If you take BART between San Francisco and the East Bay in the evenings, you may soon start experiencing delays because of work to make the Transbay Tube safe during a major earthquake.

Starting Tuesday evening and continuing every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday for more than a year, BART will be single-tracking trains under the Bay from 10:00 p.m. to 4:00 a.m.

“That means evening riders are going to experience a delay of somewhere between 15 and 20 minutes starting around 10:00 p.m. on those three nights every single week for the next 14 months,” BART spokeswoman Molly McArthur tells KRON 4’s Charles Clifford. “When we’re done, the work that we’re going to be doing on those evenings is going to make that tube capable of surviving the very rare and very large earthquakes that are coming our way.”

When one of the tubes is closed, workers will be installing four-ton steel plates inside the tube.

BART is spending $1.2 Billion on the seismic retrofit work, with most of the money coming from Bond Measure AA approved by voters nine years ago.

(Copyright 2013, KRON 4, All rights reserved.)

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