OAKLAND (CBS SF) – A breakdown during an overnight test of BART’s ‘Train Of The Future’ triggered a major delay on the transit system’s East Bay lines early Friday morning.
BART officials said a problem developed with the train before 5 a.m. near or inside the Lake Merritt station.READ MORE: Passenger Killed In Crash On Highway 680 In Milpitas; Driver Arrested For DUI
BART spokesman Jim Allison said the train was returning from a test run when a problem developed.
“It was a four-car train of new cars returning from testing overnight when it became disabled,” he told KPIX 5. “It’s been pushed to a pocket track near the Bay Fair station.”READ MORE: Optimism Soaring In San Francisco Bay Area As COVID Pandemic Woes And Worries Ease
Trains on the Fremont and Dublin-Pleasanton lines were forced to single track while the disabled train was towed to a maintenance facility.
Initially, East Bay commuters experienced delays of 20-30 minutes.MORE NEWS: 'This Is Not Just Any Usual Recovery': Economist Explains Rash Of Price Hikes, Product Shortages
Sixty new cars were expected to hit the rails by the end of the year, with the full order of 775 expected by 2021. BART is spending $2.5 billion to replace and expand its aging fleet of 664 cars.