BART back to normal after more equipment failures

SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- BART operations are back to normal after another equipment failure caused delays for commuters this morning. Today's was the latest in a string of problems since the start of the new year.

This morning in West Oakland, passengers had to exit their BART train and then wait on the platform for another one. Still, Katrina Hwang's morning commute was better than last week.

"There was a train stopped at 24th Street and we were stuck for 15 minutes or so," said Katrina Hwang, BART passenger," said Katrina Hwang, BART passenger.

Hwang says her boss never made into the office.

"My manager was coming from the East Bay, they all had to get off at one stop and then ended up having to work from home because of the delays," said Hwang.

Last Friday, BART had major systemwide delays after a maintenance vehicle stalled between MacArthur and 19th Street stations in Oakland.

Jim Magee remembers that day.

"It took us at least an extra half hour to 40 minutes to get here from Orinda. I know that would mess it up really bad," said Jim Magee, BART passenger

The week before that, a cable glitch between rail cars in West Oakland, delayed service into San Francisco.

"I feel like most of the time it's reliable unless some technical difficulties come up then it can be challenging," said Claudene, BART passenger.

BART officials says this morning an equipment problem on a train at Embarcadero caused a 10 minute delay in SFO, Daly City, Millbrae and downtown Oakland directions. BART says money from the recently passed $3.5 billion bond will help improve service.

"At this point, I take the ferry more often because it's more convenient. But I am totally in favor of BART providing better service," said Eric Lowry, BART passenger.

BART has released this statement: "What they have in common is the fact we have so many trains out that it causes train congestion and back up. The good news: new trains coming, and bond passage. But these solutions don't happen overnight."

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