BART trains were back on schedule late in the Thursday morning's morning commute after a stalled maintenance vehicle on the tracks between MacArthur and 19th Street stations triggered major delays, transit officials said.
A work truck became disabled on the tracks south of the MacArthur Station around 4:45 a.m. forcing a bottleneck at the East Bay hub of the Pittsburg/Concord and Richmond lines.
The slowdown backed up trains on the San Francisco line impacting travel o the entire system.
The vehicle was removed from the tracks around 5:30 a.m., but trains were still forced to slowly go through the switching system located there.
BART officials cautioned morning commuters to allow themselves extra travel time. Delays were expected for commuters traveling from Richmond and Concord toward Fremont, SF International Airport and San Francisco.
The delays had cleared up by 8 a.m. and officials said the system was back on schedule.
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