An apparent butane or propane leak that seems unrelated to BART shut down a few BART stations Friday morning, and it sounds like all traffic on several Daly City thoroughfares is completely shut down as well.
Update (2:20 p.m.): All BART service has been restored, according to a 2:20 p.m. update from BART seen below. Though riders should still expect delays through much of Friday afternoon.
FINAL UPDATE 2:10 pm: Daly City and Colma stations are now OPEN after a hazmat situation near Daly City station.— BART (@SFBART) February 10, 2023
Red/Yellow/Green/Blue Line service has resumed with delays between all stations in both directions. https://t.co/l19zNJ5ias pic.twitter.com/SbsMUunjAT
Original story (12:35 p.m.): Friday morning BART service in the southern part of the city, as well as Daly City and Colma, was disrupted by a possible hazardous materials leak, according to KGO. BART initially described the closures in a 10 a.m. tweet as being “due to police activity,” but we have since learned that the cause is a possible chemical leak.
BART service has stopped between Balboa Park and Colma on the San Francisco Line due to police activity.— BART Alert (@SFBARTalert) February 10, 2023
KRON4 adds that the Daly City BART station was evacuated. As of press time for this post, the Daly City and Colma stations are still closed, and trains are not running through those stations. And the Daly City Police Department just added at 11:46 a.m. Friday that “The entire intersection of John Daly Blvd at Junipero Serra Blvd is completely shut down to vehicle and pedestrian traffic. Please try to find an alternate route. Fire and law enforcement personnel are on scene investigating a hazardous material incident.”
(1/2) HAPPENING NOW: The entire intersection of John Daly Blvd at Junipero Serra Blvd is completely shut down to vehicle and pedestrian traffic. Please try to find an alternate route. Fire and law enforcement personnel are on scene investigating a hazardous material incident.— Daly City Police (@DalyCityPD) February 10, 2023
Though as of 11:30 a.m., BART says the Balboa Park station has reopened.
Update 11:28 am: Balboa Park station has REOPENED.— BART (@SFBART) February 10, 2023
Daly City and Colma stations remain closed
🟨 will run Antioch - Balboa Park / South SF - SFO
🟦 will run Dublin - Balboa Park
We have updated the current service map (as of 11:25 am) to reflect Balboa Park reopening. pic.twitter.com/CHpJnOb5ms
The situation appears to be unrelated to the BART system itself. According to NBC Bay Area, “the driver of a truck carrying butane or propane pulled over near a BART track overcrossing in Daly City because he thought something might be leaking.” The station adds that “The driver then called 911 after seeing one of the containers leaking.”