Equipment issues strands BART train with 200 passengers onboard

BART told riders to expect “major delays system-wide” until trains stop running Friday after an electrical problem in the Transbay Tube early in the morning snarled the transit agency’s operations and at one point stranded a train inside the tube with about 200 people aboard.

The train was stuck in the in the Transbay Tube for just over an hour between the Embarcadero and West Oakland stations after a power issue forced the transit agency to power down one of the rails, officials said Friday morning.

The disabled train, which was headed towards San Francisco, was stranded on the powered-down rail when the issue began just before 7:15 Friday morning.

At 8:35 am, another train moved it back to West Oakland, BART spokesperson Cheryl Stalter said, where everyone was off-boarded at the station.

This issue began when an electrical overcurrent tripped a breaker, which took a rail in the tube out of service, officials said. Crews were working to determine the root cause of the problem.

Officials added that they would not be able to fix the issue until after service ended on Friday night, becaues it requires BART to stop all service in the tube for crew safety.

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