Mechanical problem delays S.F. BART service

Some BART passengers were still experiencing delays more than two hours after the system completely shut down service in downtown San Francisco due to mechanical problems.

Trains on the system have been restored to normal speeds except for service from 16th Street station in San Francisco to the San Francisco Airport, according to BART officials. As a result, all passengers traveling westbound are experiencing residual 10-minute delays. Eastbound service is running on time.

At 8:05 a.m., a train conductor noticed smoke coming from the electrical arcing of the system’s trackway near the Civic Center station in San Francisco.  All service on the train was shut down from Montgomery Street station in San Francisco to the Daly City station.

The problem was cleared about 8:30 a.m., at which time trains began operating at a slower-than-normal speed under manual control in the San Francisco downtown stations, according to BART spokesman Jim Allison.

Trains were slowly restored back to automatic controls, and normal operating speeds, as of 10:15 a.m.

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