BART closing portion of East Bay track this weekend for maintenance

- BART will shut down a portion of track on the Fremont line all weekend for maintenance crews to carry out critical work on the tracks.

The tracks will be closed between the Bay Fair and San Leandro stations. The closure begins at the end of service on Friday and will last until Sunday night.

BART Spokesman Taylor Huckaby said a bus bridge will be in place, with 15 buses shuttling riders between the two stations. 

“We know it is no fun to have to be off loaded from a train to bus,” Huckaby said. “We really appreciate people’s patience.”

Huckaby said the scheduled maintenance work including crews replacing more than 2,000 feet of worn rail, more than 900 degraded rail ties, and aging plates and switches. The work is part of BART’s plan to replace eight miles of track in 2016 and they’ve set aside $20 million to do the work.

“The older things get the more frequent delays we have because things are breaking down. This is critical to maintaining BART at a level of service the public expects and deserves,” he said.

Huckaby said the agency will reopen the tracks for regular service at 4 a.m. on Monday.

Last April, BART closed the tracks between the Coliseum and Fruitvale stations for the same kind of work.

Huckaby said the closure is unrelated to the phantom power surge causing problems on the Pittsburg line. A team of experts continue to investigate what is causing the spike in voltage on the track that has damaged dozens of cars.

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