BART shuts down service due to ‘kink in the rail’

Written by RT&S Staff
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A portion of BART’s Yellow Line was closed due to an issue with the track.

Heat continues to get in the way for BART.

Service between Pleasant Hill/Contra Costa Centre and Concord stations was restored on Sept. 7 after a “kink in the rail” was reported on the Yellow Line. According to BART spokesman Chris Filippi, hot weather caused a minor deviation in a small section of track and overheated wayside equipment, which prevented single track service.

This summer has been a troubled one for BART. A train derailment back in June was blamed on extreme temperatures. The rail reached a temp of 140 degrees, and the agency did not instruct its train operators to slow down, which is common practice. On July 8 as a follow-up to the June accident, BART said, “[The agency] will reduce the threshold temperature to apply speed restrictions for trains in those areas when temperatures are forecast to exceed 100 degrees.”

On Sept. 6, crews worked through the night to repair the track.

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