SAN JOSE (KCBS) — A power outage caused by a squirrel threw a wrench in Caltrain’s dispatching network Wednesday morning, causing major system-wide delays on the transit system, according to the agency.
Caltrain was one of several Bay Area rail transit systems plagued by system delays Wednesday morning.
Aside from the outage in San Jose near the Caltrain Rail Operation Center, Caltrain’s backup generator also took time to kick in. Some trains had to stop completely at stations, while others were able to continue on their way.
Caltrain spokeswoman Jayme Ackemann said the problem was not with the generator, but with a battery. “The powered battery, that keeps the system operational while we make the transition to the backup generator, failed,” she said.
Ackman said Caltrain was still trying to figure out exactly why the battery failed.