BART brake problems slow afternoon commute

A westbound BART train that broke down with brake problems at the West Oakland station initiated 45-minute delays in the system Friday afternoon.

BART Spokesman Linton Johnson said the train was taken out of service and moved to another area, about 45 minutes after it broke down at 4 p.m., but switching delays kept the system from getting back on time.

The slowdown is the latest in a string of BART technical issues that delayed commuters. BART was also delayed due to switching problems on July 5, and on July 11 an eastbound train got stuck in the Transbay Tube during the morning rush hour. An unrelated police action in San Francisco that day increased the delay.

Johnson said he did not know how many riders were affected by Friday's delay. Though it happened during rush hour, the delay affected trains heading westbound, in the opposite direction of the commute.

Gail Davison, of South San Francisco, waited at the Embarcadero station for about 30 minutes beforeboarding a Millbrae train home.

“It would have been about 15 minutes, but the [first] train was so loaded I waited for the next one,” she said.

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