BART Suffers System-Wide Shut Down Twice Sunday

Sunday's storm hit BART headquarters causing a system-wide shutdown for a time Sunday

Sunday, Dec 2, 2012  |  Updated 4:43 PM PDT
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Public transit is recovering from flooding and power outages caused by this morning's heavy rains, officials said this afternoon.

San Francisco's Muni Metro subway system was shut down for hours today by flooding at the Church Street Station, San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency spokesman Paul Rosa said.

The tracks were closed from around 8:40 a.m. until around 1 p.m. while crews worked to pump water out of the station and tunnel.

"We have pumps in the tunnel, but because there was so much water on the surface, the pumps underneath were overwhelmed," Rose said.

Muni provided bus shuttles between West Portal and Embarcadero stations until the station was restored to service. All service has returned to normal at this point, Rose said.

Meanwhile BART suffered two power outages that disrupted service systemwide today. At 9:18 a.m., BART experienced a power failure that affected its computer system and backup generators and halted service. Power and service were restored at 10:18 a.m., officials said.

However, a second computer power circuit failure at 2:05 p.m. once again brought service to a halt, this time for around 20 minutes, according to BART spokeswoman Luna Salaver.

Service was restored at 2:22 p.m., Salaver said.

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