The three-week-old, $484 million
boondoggle fancy tram to the Oakland Airport ran into some major trouble last Friday, during the tail end of the rainpocalypse, shutting down for seven hours due to windblown debris on the tracks. As the Oakland Tribune reports, "the tram was out of service between 9:45 a.m. and 5:10 p.m. Friday" due to some nylon that became wedged between some power line equipment. And obviously this is giving everyone who was crowing for the last five years about how expensive this thing was plenty more to crow about.
The light-rail connector just opened before the Thanksgiving holiday, and is expected to carry 2,745 passengers per day in its first year, as the Business Times notes. Though most travelers would rather board a speedy, brand new, computer-operated train between the Coliseum BART station and the airport, critics have long argued that the existing AirBART bus service was just fine.
BART says this is just a typical bump in the road for a new train line, and they'll be upping track inspections during storms to once every hour.
The only problem, of course, is that all it took to shut down the thing for a whole day was a little bit of flying trash, and it's not like that won't happen again. Like daily.