Pleasant Hill, Concord BART stations reopen after heat-related issue, officials say; expect delays

ByJ.R. Stone and Lena Howland KGO logo
Wednesday, September 7, 2022
Pleasant Hill, Concord BART reopen after heat-related issues
Both the Pleasant Hill BART and Concord BART stations have reopened after heat-related problems closed them Tuesday night, officials say.

CONCORD, Calif. (KGO) -- Service has been fully restored between the Pleasant Hill and Concord BART stations on Wednesday.

BART reopened to single track service after heat-related problems closed both stations Tuesday night, officials say. BART said around 6:20 a.m. on Wednesday both tracks have reopened, but commuters are asked to plan for delays.

This is a breaking news update. Previous story down below.

Extreme heat impacts BART services in East Bay

BART was forced to close the track in both directions between Concord and Pleasant Hill on Tuesday because of heat-related issues.

Some PG&E customers in the East Bay now have their power back Tuesday after they lost electricity for around 20 hours.

PG&E crews could be seen high above the ground in Concord, working to try and restore power Tuesday evening.

"It went out about 10 o'clock last night," said Carla Rosales.

"I didn't sleep that good because I was pretty hot," her son Sammy told us.

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"It was still out this morning so I just tried to keep everything closed up hoping that it would be back on," said Rosales who was excited to leave her neighborhood Tuesday morning knowing that the air conditioning was on at work.

Sammy, excited about school after quite the night.

"I normally just get a wet towel and I just put it anywhere on me. Well in the car it was literally, it was literally 124 in the car," said Sammy.

20 hours after this Concord neighborhood lost power, it finally came back on around 6 p.m. Tuesday.

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Crowds of people who were riding BART not so lucky Tuesday night, rushing to buses as the transit agency was forced to close the track in both directions between Concord and Pleasant Hill because of heat-related issues.

Some though, taking all the heat problems with a 'glass half full' kind of attitude.

"These aren't the guys to get mad at, they're just out here working hard so," said Tommy Wooten of Concord.

"At least tonight we'll be able to sleep with our air on hopefully," said Rosales.

As to those BART issues, the transit agency says they will be working overnight to try and resurface part of the track. There is a hope that service will be restored by the morning commute.

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