BART's New Train Cars Now in Service

Marco Green
January 21, 2018

BART officials said that's really important because since the agency ordered 775 new cars in 2012, ridership has grown 14 percent.

The new train cars will be quieter, cooler and more comfortable, BART says, and will feature digital signs, and more priority seating, doors and space for luggage. Now that the California Public Utilities Commission has certified the new train cars for passenger service, the 10 pilot cars will be put into service.

The new train embarked at 11 a.m. from MacArthur, heading to Richmond.

"Here this morning, the future has arrived", BART general manager Grace Crunican said before the ribbon was cut on the new cars and passengers got on. It will run during commute hours and on all the lines once it has had some time out in the system carrying riders.

According to the letter, the next 10 new BART cars, which have already been delivered, will have to undergo a similar systemwide test with PUC inspectors aboard, stopping at every station and opening and closing doors before they can begin service.

The new cars will have about five seats less per auto due to the installation of a third door, which transit officials will help get passengers off the vehicle faster.

Raburn added, "Each new vehicle we put into service will lengthen other trains, moving us closer to our goal to run all 10-car trains during the peak transbay commute". Over the next several years, production will ramp up to a rate of 16-20 new cars per month. We are also replacing track and infrastructure and bringing on a new train control system to improve reliablity and run trains closer together.

You can expect to see the first train in service as early as Friday afternoon. BART also hopes to find enough money to add another 306 cars to its fleet.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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