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Tuesday, December 17, 2013

BART: Major Delays in Oakland Owing to Person on Tracks (Update)

Posted By on Tue, Dec 17, 2013 at 11:50 AM

click to enlarge Trains idling on the Fruitvale platform.
  • Trains idling on the Fruitvale platform.

Update, 12:23 p.m.: BART trains are moving again, each packed with hundreds of cranky passengers. The train walker has been detained, according to a BART spokesperson.

Original Story:

BART trains headed to SFO, Millbrae, and the East Bay are stalled in all directions, owing to a person on the trackway between 12th Street and West Oakland. So if you're planning to take BART to work right now, you might want to turn around. Two trains leaving Fruitvale have been stuck on the platform for 20 minutes, according to one marooned passenger.

One of them eventually turned around to dump riders back in Fremont. Another went out of service, leaving passengers stranded at the station.

"This is ridiculous," one woman groused, adding that she'd been stuck on the train for an hour.

BART says it currently has no trains running between the East Bay and San Francisco, but it's working to restore service as quickly as possible. We'll bring more updates as they come in.

click to enlarge Passengers marooned on BART
  • Passengers marooned on BART

click to enlarge An empty Fruitvale train after passengers were kicked off. - ERIN SHERBERT
  • Erin Sherbert
  • An empty Fruitvale train after passengers were kicked off.

click to enlarge Passengers dumped on the platform after waiting aboard the train for an hour. - ERIN SHERBERT
  • Erin Sherbert
  • Passengers dumped on the platform after waiting aboard the train for an hour.

Erin Sherbert contributed to this report.

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Rachel Swan

Rachel Swan

Rachel Swan was a staff writer at SF Weekly from 2013 to 2015. In previous lives she was a music editor, IP hack, and tutor of Cal athletes.


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