BART estimates it will take until early August — a month longer than expected — to complete repairs from a May 10 electrical fire that has slowed trains between the Hayward and Fremont stations.

BART managers told the transit system board Thursday that crews are working round the clock to test and repair some 1,500 cables and wires linked to computerized trains controls that regulate and space trains traveling on the southern sections of the Fremont line. But the tedious and complicated repair work likely will take until early August, said Paul Oversier, BART assistant general manager for operations.

Initially after the May 10 fire, BART estimated it would take six to eight weeks to make the repairs.

In a flier distributed this week to riders using the Hayward, South Hayward, Union City and Fremont stations, BART said "we must be upfront and tell you that the repair work is extensive, and we cannot yet set a definitive restoration date."

During the repairs, trains leave the Fremont and Union City stations six minutes earlier than the regular schedule. Also, Fremont passengers bound for Richmond must transfer onto another train at the Bayfair station.

— Denis Cuff



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