BART takes steps to end power surges - SF Chronicle
Date:  4/18/2017

Written by: Michael Cabanatuan
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Riders and the Warm Springs BART station on first day of service, Saturday, March 25, 2017 in Fremont, CA. Photo: Eric Kayne, Special To The Chronicle
Photo: Eric Kayne, Special To The Chronicle

BART engineers hope to avoid a recurrence of mysterious power-surge problems that forced dozens of BART rail cars out of service on the far end of the Pittsburg/Bay Point line last year and again on Friday by equipping rail maintenance vehicles with powerful magnets, temporarily halting noise-reducing rail grinding and lowering the amount of power to trains in the area.

Voltage spikes Friday knocked 22 trains out of service on a troublesome stretch between the North Concord and Pittsburg/Bay Point stations. The surges forced BART to stop direct service and force riders onto shuttle trains between the stations through the evening commute.

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