Nearly two dozen buses are now serving BART passengers traveling to stations east of Pleasant Hill on the Pittsburg/Bay Point line after a train derailment in Concord this evening, according to BART officials.
The bus bridge will allow passengers to travel to and from the Concord, North Concord/Martinez and Pittsburg/Bay Point stations while the derailed train at the Concord station is removed from the tracks, BART officials said.
However, lengthy delays continue on the line and BART officials say it could be a long wait before normal service is restored.
The out-of-service train, which was traveling empty to the Concord Yard, was just leaving the Concord station around 6:30 p.m. when some train wheels went off the track, BART officials said.
While the cause remains unknown, the derailment occurred as the train traveled over a switching mechanism known as an interlocking, BART spokeswoman Alicia Trost said.
The train is now blocking the rails in both directions. Removing the train from the tracks will be a difficult process and delays could continue through the rest of the evening and possibly even into tomorrow morning, Trost said.
“I’m told its going to be a very lengthy process and people should seek alternate transportation,” Trost said.
The train operator was not injured and no passengers were on board.
The Concord station was also the scene of a derailment on March, 13, 2011 involving a 10-car train carrying 65 passengers to San Francisco International Airport. Three people reported minor back injuries after that incident.