While testing a fire-suppression system Thursday morning, Muni sprung a leak, flooding its own Embarcadero Station and sending water cascading into the BART station below it.
The accidental indoor waterfall briefly interrupted BART service, and has shut down Muni's Embarcadero Station for the time being, with trains terminating and turning around at Montgomery — and causing some rush-hour backups, with one rider saying it took 35 minutes to get from Church Street to Montgomery. N and T trains are bypassing the station and continuing on to Third Street.
As KTVU reports, workers squeegeeing, mopping, and trying to contain the spillage on the BART platform were all wearing raincoats as water continued to pour down.
ATTN: Trains bypassing Embarcadero station due to drainage issue until further notice. Working to repair. Last stop for L, M & J lines is Montgomery station.— SFMTA (@sfmta_muni) July 18, 2019
Reminder: The last INBOUND stop for the #JChurch, #LTaraval & #MOceanview is Montgomery Station. IB #NJudah & #TThird bypassing Embarcadero but continuing along their regular routes to @Caltrain & 3rd St., respectively. https://t.co/Ein1zGS7zM— SFMTA (@sfmta_muni) July 18, 2019
@sfmta_muni is a piece of shit day in and day out. Not only should it not take 35 minutes to get from Church to Montgomery with an operator who can’t brake but now I am forced to get out and walk to Embarcadero. Do better— M.E. (@margoelaina) July 18, 2019
Muni says the water problem occurred during "routine testing" overnight.
ABC 7's Alexis Smith and KTVU's Cristina Rendon provide the videos below, showing the water pouring down into the Embarcadero BART station.
BART said that as of 6:50 a.m., the water was "contained to one [side of the] platform" and normal train service had resumed.