Update (4:23 p.m.): Bart has just notified passengers that the trains between San Francisco and Oakland are running again. The bad news is that commuters will still be facing delays on their ride home. Crews worked through the day and had the trains back on track by 3:45 p.m. To help ease this painful day, BART will extend direct service on the Fremont and Daly City lines by one hour today. Happy commuting!
Update (2:45 p.m.) BART sent out an alert, saying it expects to have service restored by 4 p.m. today, just in time for the evening commute. Meanwhile, the Chron reports that police are looking for three teens who were harassing a security guard at the complex where the fire started moments before the blaze broke out.
Update (noon): It appears lines of commuters have been stretched for blocks as they wait to board buses to carry them over the Bay Bridge. SF Appeal explains that there aren't enough buses to accommodate commuters, thus creating the passenger backup at various locations.
Update (9:30 a.m.): BART officials are now saying that they will offer limited service to commuters traveling between the East Bay and San Francisco by late afternoon.
Original story (7:22 a.m.): BART's Transbay Tube between Oakland and San
Francisco has been completely closed down this morning after a fire started at a
construction site near the West Oakland station early this morning.
According to BART officials, the fire started at an under-construction senior center
between Fifth and Seventh streets next to the West Oakland BART
station. The fire reportedly spread to lampposts, cars, and power poles, and took down
electrical wires. It then spread to the elevated BART tracks, forcing officials to shut down power to the tracks.
The good news is nobody was injured. The bad news is BART might be closed for hours -- or even days.