BART back to normal after largest-ever single track replacement

UPDATE 11:03 AM – BART service is now back to normal after the agency’s largest-ever single track replacement project prompted the shutdown of the Transbay Tube over the Labor Day holiday weekend.

About 12,000 feet of rail was replaced in the Transbay Tube, as well as an aerial section of trackway between the West Oakland station and downtown Oakland, during the three-day closure, BART officials said.

“The work completed this weekend will help keep BART safe and reliable for years to come, which means fewer cars on the roads,” BART officials said in a statement

Crews also replaced nearly 300 ties at the interlocking between West Oakland and the Transbay Tube and ground down the rails for a quieter ride, according to BART officials.

BART riders experienced delays system wide at the start of this morning’s service as crews got service back up and running. The delays were mostly cleared up by 7 a.m., BART officials said.

The agency reported ridership on trains was down as much as half compared to previous Labor Day weekends because of the Transbay closure.

Alameda-Contra Costa Transit, San Francisco Municipal Railway, Golden Gate Transit and SamTrans buses assisted by providing shuttles between downtown Oakland and the Transbay Terminal in San Francisco.

San Francisco Bay Ferry also doubled its usual weekend service.

The Water Emergency Transportation Authority, which operates the ferry service, reported 8,464 passengers boarded ferries on the Alameda/Oakland/San Francisco route Saturday, compared to 3,771 on the same day last year.

BART officials said that the weekend project was “a huge undertaking and the crews gave up their holiday weekend and worked tirelessly to complete what seemed to be an impossible feat.”

UPDATE 5:04 AM – BART officials are warning riders of delays throughout the morning.

The delays are system wide, according to BART officials.

BART officials say the delays are caused by a mandatory system restart after the repairs.

Stay with KRON 4 for updates on your morning commute.

OAKLAND (KRON) — BART has resumed transbay service between Oakland and San Francisco Tuesday morning.

The Transbay Tube was closed for three days for maintenance, BART officials said.

The first trains were getting ready to make their runs at about 4:10 a.m., the officials said. But the first trains will be running about 20 minutes late to restore normal operation through the tube, according to BART officials.

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