A nine car eastbound BART train shimmying through the Transbay Tube severed in two* early this morning. After the tracks were deemed safe, normal service resumed at approximately 7:25 a.m. Despite this, 30 minute delays have been reported to affect lines running to the East Bay from Millbrae and SFO.

Moral of the story? Don’t mock your OCD friends for feeling uneasy about the prospect of wedging large hunks of metal, electricity, and precious Bay Area citizenry 2,000 leagues below. It just ain’t natural. Bridge toll hikes, splitting trains, what’s next? Enough is enough. We’re canoeing to and from the city from now on. Coast Miwok style.

*Editor’s Note: Also known as “cleft in twain.”

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BART Train Comes Apart Inside Transbay Tube [cbs 5]


This is a picture of a BART train.

Much like the Large Hadron Collider but way less expensive, BART’s new plans for internet/phone connectivity in the tunnel underneath the bay on Tuesday came to a grindingly sudden halt on the rails of progress. Meaning there were a few unexpected side-effects, like, say … service not working.

It’s all good though, because service should be up sometime soon. And when it is, a whole 100 percent of 35 percent of BART’s underground tunnels and half of its underground stations. You can expect wireless service at the Downtown Berkeley station by the second quarter of 2010.

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Wireless now available in BART’s Transbay Tube [SF Gate]
Some dread, some cheer wireless BART tube [SF Gate]