Anyone who has ever worked on a complex project plan, whether for an IT implementation, a building construction project, or a rail/rail transit effort knows that completing the project well ahead of the scheduled date is a rarity. So many things can arise to delay the project, and they usually do. However, due to fewer trains driven by lower ridership, all brought about by the one-two punch of COVID-19 – people losing their jobs, and having no need to commute – and folks not wanting to venture out due to fear of the pandemic – several agencies have been able to complete projects ahead of schedule. BART reports they have completed one project early, and the track will be open for the July 4th weekend.
According to BART:
“BART and its lead contractor PrōVen Management have completed installation of the critical components for the major track replacement project that’s been underway near the Orinda Station since April. Because of this earlier completion BART is cancelling the last scheduled track shutdown weekend between the Lafayette and Rockridge stations. The final shutdown weekend had been scheduled for July 4-5 but instead BART will run regular service between Lafayette and Rockridge that weekend.
“BART crews worked around-the-clock on previous shutdown weekends to replace critical trackway components. In many cases those components dated back to when BART first started service on the Yellow Line through Contra Costa County back in 1973. Project accomplishments include:
- Replaced four mainline track switches that were at the end of their useful lives. These large track components can measure up to 200 feet in length and allow trains to move from line to line.
- Installed approximately 3,000 feet of new rail.
- Replaced 1.200 tons of rock ballast, which is essential for stabilizing the trackway.
- Replaced platform edge tiles at the Orinda Station.
The result of this work is a more comfortable and reliable trip through Orinda for BART riders as well as a quieter BART experience for neighbors.”
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