RT&S reported on March 9 that BART suspended Red line service due to a damaged power cable. Here is an update on that story.
Beginning Tuesday, March 22, BART will restore Red line service between Richmond and Millbrae. Red (Richmond-Millbrae) and Orange (Richmond-Berryessa) line trains will run with five cars. Restoring the Red line will help alleviate crowding by offering more frequency and by eliminating the need to transfer to the Yellow line for transbay service, despite running shorter trains. BART will continue to run five-car trains while crews repair and ultimately replace power cables.
Both the Red and Orange line will run the regular published schedule including Red line trips to SFO via Millbrae.
Five-car trains will stop at the center of the platform. Red and Orange line riders are reminded not to wait at the ends of the platform.
Crews are reconfiguring trains this evening with the goal of full Red line service when we open Tuesday morning. In the event of cancelled Red line trains during this transition, riders should take an Orange line train and transfer if necessary. We expect to be running full Red line service by Tuesday afternoon.
Damaged power cable
Earlier this month, BART lost power along portions of the Richmond line due to a break in the original 34.5 kV power cables that were scheduled to begin replacement the same week the damage occurred. Train service through the area is currently drawing power from redundant substations in the system. This break in cable limits our ability to run full service on both the Red and Orange lines with 10-car trains. Over the weekend, crews successfully tested the option of running shorter trains using current power levels available to us.