Transbay BART service was down for most of the day Thursday but untangled just enough by about 3:50 p.m. to give haggard commuters hope and keep them relatively happy.
Lamorindans who scrambled to find transportation across the bay after a large-scale fire burned a West Oakland building to the ground -- taking critical BART equipment with it and shutting down cross-bay service -- reported an easier time of it during their return commute.
Patcher and Moraga resident Jon Chamber summed up his commute thusly: "Drive in wasn't too bad. Canyon to Piedmont carpool to 980 to 7th Street onramp-every trick I know. Getting back home-not so good, with Giants game over on top of extra morning traffic. BART is running."
A BART spokesman said transbay service in both directions was realized at 5 p.m.