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BART to upgrade power system in San Francisco

Bay Area Rapid Transit crews will replace outdated light-rail power cables with modern cabling in downtown San Francisco.
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Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) crews will begin on Aug. 25 work to upgrade the electrical traction power system in downtown San Francisco.

Crews will replace the power cables that power BART trains with modern shielded cabling. The cabling technology and substations currently channeling energy to the system is outdated, BART officials said in a press release. 

Meanwhile, BART crews on Aug. 17 will begin making repairs to the track between the Orinda and Walnut Creek stations. Efforts to replace track and electrical equipment, install switches and improve station platforms will be performed on most weekends through October. 

The work in downtown San Francisco and between Orinda and Walnut Creek are funded by BART’s Measure RR funds. 

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