BART offers limited service as crews continue work to fix problems

UPDATE 3:16 PM: Limited BART service will have a train run every 15 minutes during commute hours between North Concord and Pittsburg/Bay Point, BART announced Monday afternoon.

However, there will not be a bus bridge during the peak hours. The bus bridge will be the only option riders have during the off peak hours. Crews are going to continue and work to find a solution to the electrical problem that’s caused a rough time for commuters.

BART ran one train successfully between North Concord and Pittsburg/Bay Point between Sunday night and Monday.

From 3 p.m. to 8 p.m., one train will make a trip every 15 minutes between the two stations.

From 8 p.m. to closing, there will only be bus service.

For the morning commute, riders from 4 a.m. to 9 a.m. will have a BART train make trips every 15 minutes. After that, until 3 p.m., buses will be the only way to get between the stations.

BART is focusing on repairing the issues as soon and as safe as they can. They were able to fix about 30 extra cars during the weekend.

PITTSBURG (KRON) – Trains are still not running between the Pittsburg/Bay Point and North Concord/Martinez stations Monday morning and officials say riders should expect bus shuttle service to continue all week.

BART officials are periodically running test trains between both stations with riders on board, according to BART spokeswoman Alicia Trost. Trost said this helps supplement the buses and gives officials a chance to see how the train cars operate through the area with riders on board.

The trouble started shortly after 10 a.m. Wednesday when cars were hit with a voltage spike as they traveled the route, according to BART officials. The spike damaged a part of each train’s propulsion equipment.

The spike has damaged 58 cars and BART officials have not determined the cause.

Chief Mechanical Officer Dave Hardt said on Thursday that the cause may be an oversupply of electricity or the cars are having trouble returning the power their receiving.

Those problems could be caused by infrastructure that’s needs to be replaced or too much power coming from PG&E, Hardt said.

BART officials said they are working to identify and resolve the problem as well as repair the damaged cars.

Weekday mornings, BART usually has 579 cars running, but on Monday it is only able to run 557 cars, which is an improvement from Friday’s 521 cars.

Many cars are crowded even when BART has the usual number of cars in service.

BART officials are encouraging riders to allow extra time for travel between the two stations as the bus trip takes 10 to 25 minutes.

Riders can sign up for BART service advisories at http://www.bart.gov/alerts.

Statement sent out Monday morning by BART spokeswoman Alicia Trost:

Crews are looking over the data collected from sophisticated measurement tools that the test train was equipped with over the weekend. Experts are assisting in this process. The root cause of the spike in voltage has not yet been discovered. Testing over the weekend found very short spikes of high voltage. The experts are providing a fresh set of eyes to the problem.

Crews have been systematically identifying all possibilities and then eliminating them one by one. While long and tedious it will help crews get closer to the problem…We are cautiously optimistic that the car availability will be on an upward trajectory towards improvement.

 

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