Watch video of work on BART’s Lafayette Station; workers’ progress quicker than expected

Written by RT&S Staff
BART Lafayette Station
So far BART crews have replaced three switches and have installed 3,000 ft of new rail at the Lafayette Station.

Work resumes this weekend on a critical Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) track-rebuilding project near the Lafayette Station. There will be a track shutdown between the Orinda and Walnut Creek stations on Saturday, Sept. 28 and Sunday, Sept. 29. 

Workers have been active around-the-clock during two previous shutdown weekends to replace nearly 50-year-old track components that have outlived their useful lives. The workers’ progress allowed BART to cancel a weekend track shutdown that had been scheduled for Oct. 12-13. That will allow BART to offer regular service that weekend for Fleet Week. BART also cancelled plans to offer only single-track service between Orinda and Walnut Creek Saturday, Sept. 21 and replaced another scheduled track closure with single-track service on the weekend of Sept. 14-15.

After this weekend the only remaining scheduled track shutdown for the rebuilding project is Oct. 26-27. That shutdown is expected to include eastbound Highway 24 lane closures that are similar to the ones scheduled this coming weekend.

The work team has been making the most of their time in the trackway. Here are some examples of the progress made so far:

*Replaced three of six track switches;

*Installed 3,000 ft of 5,000 ft of new rail;

*Halfway done with removing and replacing about 2.8 million lb of rock ballast, which is essential for stabilizing the rail.

Additionally, workers are in the process of replacing 10,000 ft of train control cable, 3,200 ft of third rail, 320 electrical insulators, and 300 ft of traction power cable. Workers also are using the time to replace platform tiles at the Lafayette Station.

To see a time-lapse video of work being done at the Lafayette Station, click here.

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