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Around 200 BART passengers stuck in the dark in disabled train inside Transbay Tube for at least 2 hours, agency says

SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) — BART passengers can expect major problems with the rest of their commute on Friday after a train broke down in the Transbay Tube early Friday morning.

Officials tweeted in the afternoon telling riders to “expect major system-wide delays” due to single tracking by the Transbay Tube and that rides should seek alternative transportation.

AC Transit offers free rides on all transbay lines as a way to ease commuting.

BART officials said riders can also take MUNI to explore San Francisco, or the ferries if they need to cross the bay.

The troubles all started with a terrifying morning ride to San Francisco for hundreds of BART passengers stranded on a broken train in the Transbay tube.

BART says at 7:11 am there was a power outage on one of the two tracks. BART has confirmed that the disabled train is on the disabled rail. About 200 people were on board and were in the dark for about two hours.

Video shared by a man aboard the train showed pitch black darkness. The train arrived at the Embarcadero from the East Bay.

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BART says a fail-safe system has disabled a substation.

The man we spoke to says he was on the train for two hours and people were starting to worry about oxygen deprivation.

He says they opened the doors of the train and went through an exit where a rescue train returned all passengers to the West Oakland station around 8:35 a.m.

“I was scared. It was a terrifying experience. It was horrifying. Underwater with no oxygen, no plan, no update. Even the BART operator said ‘hey, I have nothing else to say to you;’ said Masih Alimy.

Alimy said he and others helped some elderly passengers out of a train and into the rescue train.

Everyone in West Oakland was looking for other forms of transportation.

The agency initially reported that the delay was due to a material problem on the track.

BART says Muni has provided mutual aid between Embarcadero and Daly City stations.

Also in the Transbay Tube, two BART trains were out of service on Sunday and both had to be towed.

BART also says that the green line that runs from Berryessa station to Daly City is not running.

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This delay comes after BART said it had delays on the Richmond line earlier Friday due to a staff shortage, the agency says. It is unclear why there was a staff shortage, but it was first reported as an “equipment shortage”.

BART said there was limited Red Line service on the Richmond line toward Millbrae.

The transit agency says passengers traveling from Richmond can board a Berryessa train, transfer to an SFO train at MacArthur, and then transfer to a Millbrae train at SFO.

ABC7 News has contacted BART and says the limited service is “until further notice”. Work is currently underway to resolve the issue.

511 sent an update at around 2:30 p.m. stating that “the BART service can expect major delays throughout the system until the end of service tonight due to some tracking through the transbay conduit” of the electrical issues.

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