Weather forces delays to local transit, flights at SFO

Today’s stormy weather has forced setbacks for commuters travelling on local transit lines and passengers flying into San Francisco, where flights are delayed up to three hours.

At the San Francisco International Airport, high-speed winds and low-lying clouds are forcing flights to land on one runway, a situation that is causing planes to arrive three hours late, according to airport spokesman Michael McCarron. The delays are likely to extend to departing flights this afternoon, McCarron said.

The Oakland and San Jose airports aren’t experiencing any sorts of delays thus far, although San Jose is fielding some diverted flights that were scheduled to go into San Francisco, according to San Jose airport spokesman David Vossbrink.

With seven-foot swells on the Bay, Golden Gate Transit has abandoned their high-speed catamaran ferry for the morning commute, and replaced it with a larger vessel that is more stable on the water, according to district spokeswoman Mary Currie. As a result, ferry commutes are taking about 15 minutes longer than normal this morning, Currie said.

Currie said there is a chance the Golden Gate Bridge could shut down this afternoon if the winds shift and increase speed. Currently the winds are blowing south-southwest, which is in line with how the bridge lies, but if they start blowing westerly, traffic might be shut down on the span, Currie said.

“We’re monitoring the situation,” said Currie. “If it gets worse, we’ll announce a high-wind caution for drivers, and we’ll probably put in a buffer lane in the middle of the bridge. Right now, the conditions aren’t that bad.”

Muni has some operating delays on its Cable Cars this morning because of electrical issues related to the storm, according to Judson True, the department’s spokesman. There are also various lines throughout the system running behind schedule because of traffic congestion from the weather, True said.

“It’s definitely a tough day to be travelling,” said True.

There were 15-minute delays on BART earlier this morning, but that was due to police activity at the West Oakland Station. Caltrain and Samtrans haven’t reported any scheduling setbacks today because of the conditions.

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