OAKLAND (CBS SF) – Starting Tuesday night, BART passengers who travel through the transbay tube after 10 p.m. on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays will face delays of up to 20 minutes because of earthquake safety work, a transit agency spokeswoman said.
Molly McArthur, spokeswoman for BART’s $1.2 billion earthquake safety project, said seismic safety work on the tube has entered an important new phase in which workers will need more time than the three hours they normally get in the period during which the transit system is shut down in the early morning hours.
“We regret that we’re inconveniencing evening riders, but we want to make sure that our system is strong enough to survive the large earthquakes that are coming our way,” McArthur said.
She said the delays in transbay tube service will continue for 14 months on the three weekday nights.
BART chose those nights because there are fewer people riding its trains after 10 p.m., McArthur said.
The transit agency’s earthquake safety program, which is largely funded by a 2004 bond measure, began in 2005 and is expected to be complete by 2018.
In addition to strengthening the transbay tube, which is a major priority, the program is improving 34 stations, and 22 miles of elevated track, including 1,918 support columns, parking structures and other facilities.