400 BART Passengers Evacuated from New Flight of the Future Trains

About 400 passengers on a new BART "Fleet of the Future" train that became disabled between stations Monday morning disembarked from the train and walked to the 12th Street Oakland City Center station, an agency spokeswoman said.

The train had stalled between the Lake Merritt and 12th Street stations in downtown Oakland around 10 a.m.

Delays persisted throughout the afternoon on all lines systemwide, BART spokeswoman Anna Duckworth said.

A rescue train pulled the disabled one to an area near the MacArthur station, where it is out of the way of other train traffic and will remain until at least Monday night, Duckworth said.

The train had been Richmond-bound on the Fremont line when it got stuck on the tracks.

"It's a little traumatizing to say the least," BART rider Jeff Estrellanes said, who was two hours late to work on Mnday due to the incident.

BART officials are not sure if a mechanical failure or technical glitch caused he new train to stop. BART technicians will be working to figure out the problem.

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