Equipment problems strand BART train with 200 passengers on board

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BART told riders to expect “major system-wide delays” until trains stop running Friday after an early-morning Transbay Tube electrical problem snarled the transit agency’s operations and at one point stranded a train inside the tube with about 200 people on board.

The train was stuck in the Transbay Tube for just over an hour between the Embarcadero and West Oakland stations after a power problem forced the transit agency to shut down one of the tracks, officials said Friday morning.

The disabled train, which was heading to San Francisco, was stranded on the decommissioned track when the problem began just before 7:15 Friday morning.

At 8:35 a.m., another train moved it back to West Oakland, BART spokeswoman Cheryl Stalter said, where everyone had gotten off at the station.

As of Friday afternoon, BART was still running only one rail for the Yellow and Blue lines through the tube and was still experiencing major delays, BART spokesman Jim Allison said. The red and green lines through the tube had been canceled for the day.

Allison added that the situation was not expected to change soon.

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