Electrical failure caused BART delays 

A power outage along about a half mile of BART track between Glen Park and 24th Street stations caused up to 30-minute delays systemwide Thursday morning.

When electrical equipment failed around 4:45 a.m., a BART train that was empty of passengers because of the early hour stopped operating and was taken to Glen Park station, said BART spokesman Jim Allison.

Because the track wasn’t functioning, all other trains along a section between Daly City and San Francisco had to run on a single track system, subsequently causing delays of up to half an hour systemwide until about 7:30 a.m.

“I heard about it on the way to the station on the radio, and I was really worried it’d be one of my trains,’’ said Rita Cong, who commutes from San Bruno to the Montgomery Station every weekday morning. “Luckily it didn’t affect me … I think BART’s pretty reliable.’’

However, the backup made work a little peppier for Montgomery Station Agent Gregory Eason, who finds pride every morning holding up his hand-made signs reminding people to smile.

His particular favorite when there are train delays is “TRAIN DELAY, SMILE ANYWAY.’’

Allison said he can’t remember the last time there was an outage that affected BART.

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