Twenty-four hours after fire damage shut down the West Oakland BART station and brought the Bay Area's morning commute to a halt, the station was open Friday morning and the train system's fleet was running on time, a spokesman said.
Fifty-three trains were running at full speed at 7 a.m., BART spokesman Jim Allison said. Full service began about three hours earlier when the morning's first trains left from the system's outpost stations.
Early Friday morning, Allison said, crews had double-checked repair work at the West Oakland station, where a nearby structure fire Thursday morning had badly damaged about 400 feet of the electric third rail.
The repairs are sound and secure, Allison said.
A cover board still needs to be installed over a section of the third rail, he said. "It's just a fiberglass protecting device, and it's not essential to keeping the trains moving, but it is good to protect the rail for long-term sustainability,"
There were some minor track problems between 5 and 5:30 a.m. between the Balboa Park and 24th Street stations in San Francisco, causing five to 10 minute delays on that area, but those were unrelated to what had happened in West Oakland, Allison said.