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BART line reopens day closure caused by derailment

A BART train with an open door at an underground station.
BART trains are not running on the Red Line from Millbrae to Berryessa on Wednesday. | Source: Isaac Ceja/The Standard

BART’s Red Line began running again Thursday after service was cut on that route for a day due to a track maintenance vehicle that derailed near Oakland’s 19th Street station.

The derailment blocked one set of tracks and forced BART to suspend Red Line service between Millbrae and Richmond. There were no injuries related to the derailment, a BART spokesperson said. Officials did not say what caused the train to derail.

Work crews moved the derailed vehicle overnight, enabling BART trains to run on the Red Line when the transit system opened Thursday morning.

Passengers faced 20-minute delays in the Berryessa and SFO/Millbrae directions through downtown Oakland due to emergency trackwork between the MacArthur and 19th Street Oakland stations.

BART advised riders coming from Richmond to take an Orange Line Berryessa train and transfer to a Yellow Line San Francisco train at MacArthur. Orange Line trains from Richmond were diverting to West Oakland after 12th Street station before turning back towards Berryessa.

The transit agency announced it was going to run longer Orange Line trains throughout the day to accommodate more passengers. Due to the blocked trackway, trains may stop at different platforms than usual at 12th and 19th Street stations.

BART officials urge riders to check for updates and plan their trips accordingly.

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