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Evening commute snarled by fallen trees, power outages, BART delays

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A J train is blocked by a fallen tree next to Dolores Park on Jan. 10, 2017 (Courtesy photo/Diego Ongaro)
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A series of public transportation mishaps due to the weather have resulted in packed stations and delayed trains, causing chaos for those trying to get home after work.

This afternoon around 3:30 p.m. power outages affected service at the 24th Street Mission station. This was followed by equipment problems, which occurred on the BART line between Colma and Daly City.

So far the biggest delay of the day has been a fallen tree near Balboa Station, which blocked BART tracks in both directions. Starting around 5:30 p.m. there was no service between 24th Street station and Daly City. After an hour, a rescue train was sent to retrieve the stuck passengers, which took an additional forty minutes. At 7:30 p.m. BART reported via social media that crews were still working to remove the tree from the eastbound side of the track, so trains could single-track through the chaos.

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Glen Park and Balboa BART stations are currently closed.

At 7:50 p.m. BART sent out an alert at Twitter that trains were not stopping at Embarcadero station due to police activity.

Muni is also experiencing problems. A power outage shortly after 7 p.m. causes a complete absence of trains running between Van Ness and Church. And a J-Church train was blocked by a tree that fell on the tracks near 19th Street, just adjacent to Dolores Park.

At 7:45 p.m. the SFMTA tweeted that the eastbound N-Judah is switching back at Duboce and Church. The northbound T-Third is switching back at Fourth and Channel. And the K-Ingleside, the M-Oceanview and the L-Taraval are looping between Balboa Park and the zoo.

Buses also weren’t exempt from the evening’s storm drama. Overhead wires were reported to have fallen around 7 p.m. at Newhall near Newcomb in the Bayview, according to a tweet sent out by the SFMTA. The 24 bus may have encountered delays while the problem was fixed.

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