BART To Upgrade Electrical Infrastructure By Balboa Park Station

Work crews will replace 50-year-old electricity cables starting Monday, Feb. 14.

BART electricity cables
A worker setting a cable and steel braided line in pulling guide. Image courtesy of BART
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BART work crews will kick off Monday, Feb. 14, a six-month construction project critical for the rail operations near Balboa Park.

BART crews will construct important cabling infrastructure along the transit agency’s right-of-way, parallel to I-280 on the southern side from Santa Rosa Avenue to Havelock Street.

The project, which began in 2020, is paid for by funds from the voter-authorized Measure R.

“This 50-year-old electrical infrastructure has exceeded the end of its design life and must be replaced,” according to a news release. “Loss of power in this section of track without backup would have a major impact on train operations for the entire BART system.”

All work will occur on weekdays from midnight to 4:30 a.m. and weekends from midnight to 7 a.m.

“In some cases, work may extend from 4:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. on select Sundays as needed,” according to an announcement. “Lights will be needed for night work, and neighbors can expect construction noise associated with operation of intermittent drilling, excavator, dump trucks with backup alarms, work trucks on the rails, and soil tampering equipment”

Questions about the project may be directed to Tom Leong by phone at (650) 637-9500 or email at

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