Switch glitch still confounding BART

BART continued to experience switching problems Thursday but delays were minimal.

The problem began Wednesday morning just beyond the Daly City station when a train got stuck on a switch, according to BART spokesman Linton Johnson.

“Our preliminary investigation shows that the trackside equipment was essentially telling our computers that there was a train in the area near Daly City when there wasn't one,” he said.

“Since we knew there wasn't one we had to turn off that segment of track and run trains manually through that area.”

For a quarter-mile stretch just south of the Daly City station, all trains will be operated manually by train operators instead of computers until the switching problem is fixed, Johnson said. For safety reasons, manually operated trains cannot run faster than 25 miles per hour.

Johnson said BART engineers are trying to fix the switch but there is no timetable for when service will be operating normally again.

The lingering problem did not cause delays during the Thursday morning commute,Johnson said, but trains were still rerouted throughout the day.

All southbound Fremont trains were turned around at the 24th Street station, where passengers needing to travel to Daly City or Colma were forced to wait about four minutes at the station to transfer to another train, Johnson said.

Passengers needing to travel from Daly City to Fremont were told to catch any eastbound train and then transfer to a Fremont-bound train once past the 24th Street station.

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