Orinda BART Station Closures Planned

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    Critical track components near the Orinda BART Station are being replaced, requiring weekend closures.
    The Orinda BART station is scheduled to be closed May 23-25 (Memorial Day weekend), June 6-7, June 20-21, and July 4-5. Free buses instead of trains will carry passengers between those stations.
    In many cases, the tracks between the Lafayette and Rockridge stations date back to 1973 when BART started service on its main Contra Costa line. Using the bus service between stations during the interruption, riders can expect delays of 20 to 25 minutes.
    Highway 24 overnight lane closures in Orinda are necessary to make way for construction equipment. They are temporary and are expected to have minimal impact on drivers.
    Working around the clock, BART crews will replace track switches which allow trains to move from line to line, install approximately 3,000 feet of new rails, replace about 300 wooden ties with concrete ones and replace 600 to 800 tons of rock ballast.
    “This is a high-priority project,” said Chris Filippi, BART spokesman. “The result of this work will be a smoother and safer ride for thousands of riders on BART’s busiest line.
    “It will also result in a quieter BART experience for neighbors.”
    Measure RR, approved by BART District voters in 2016 is funding this rail replacement project.

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