BART takes advantage of reduced hours to make repairs

BART has made the most of reduced service hours over the last year to gain ground on a list of important system improvement projects. The latest is a large construction project in southern Alameda County.

Crews will replace critical track components between the South Hayward and Union City BART stations, as well as begin the preliminary work to build a new storage facility at the Hayward Maintenance Complex for hundreds of new Fleet of the Future cars. 

Much of the rebuilding and track maintenance at BART happens during a time referred to as “the blanket” when trains are not operating. Before the pandemic, the blanket for most of the system lasted roughly from 1 a.m. to 4:30 a.m. With the revised service hours, the length of the blanket has nearly doubled which has offered the opportunity to advance infrastructure projects. Some of the projects funded by 2016 voter-approved Measure RR:

• Downtown San Francisco electrical cable replacement project (these cables power trains)

• Rail  for new wheel profile – multiple lines (reduces the BART screech)

• Union City and El Cerrito del Norte station modernizations

MTC and BART are transportation partners.