Power outage closes BART station

Already-stressed BART riders received another jolt Wednesday when power went out at the South Hayward station.

BART spokesman Jim Allison said a problem with a substation in the area caused South Hayward station to lose power at 6:40 p.m.; trains could not stop at the station, but since the electric third rail was not affected, trains could pass through the station.

AC Transit provided four buses to take passengers from the South Hayward station to the Hayward station, Allison said.

PG&E apparently had a power outage near the station shortly after 6:30 p.m., Allison said.

Power was initially expected to be restored to station between 9 and 10 p.m., but as of 11 p.m. it was still not clear when that would occur. The station was expected to remain closed for the night.

PG&E spokesman J.D. Guidi said the outage initially affected 7,075 customers in Hayward and Union City but that, aside from the station, all
customers had power restored by about 7:40 p.m.

He said the outage was caused by underground equipment failure near the BART station.

The latest problem comes on top of the extra passengers BART took on in wake of Tuesday’s indefinite Bay Bridge closure due to a malfunctioning part.

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