SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) – A power outage at Millbrae BART station early Monday morning halted train traffic to San Francisco International Airport amid the onslaught of travelers either returning home or leaving the Bay Area after the Christmas holiday weekend.
Traffic officials reported the outage around 5 a.m. and immediately erected a SamTrans bus bridge to take passengers to the airport and also to the San Bruno train station of the transit system.
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“There is a train station closure in Millbrae,” said traffic officials. “There is no train connection on the Millbrae Line between Millbrae and San Bruno or SFO due to a power outage at Millbrae station.”
The outage also caused a significant delay on the San Francisco line towards the East Bay. There was no ETA as to when service would be restored.
Other issues also contributed to the BART issues on Monday morning.
“Due to several decommissioned trains, power failure at Millbrae station and wet weather conditions, there is a limited service system,” said traffic officials in a warning.
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The service outage was just the newest challenge for leisure travelers. On Sunday there were 46 flights from SFO and 230 flight delays. Then there was the new COVID test requirement for international travel.
“It’s stressful, absolutely stressful. We’re just trying to take it as it comes and that’s all you can do, ”said Sandra Brown, who was planning to travel to Vancouver, Canada with her family on Sunday. “We had to rebook once today because our flight was canceled.
There were long lines at check-in and security counters and even longer waiting times for those who need a rapid COVID test on flights to overseas destinations.
Jordan Simon showed up the day before his flight to Southeast Asia because he wasn’t sure he would get a test before his flight on Monday.
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“I think it’s a terrible line, I think it’s a terrible line,” he said as he stood on the test line. “From up there they say that if you are here you have to wait three hours. So it’s like a five-hour line. ”