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Poll: BART Unveils New Train Design

BART has given its board members and riders a glimpse into the future.

by Patch staff

BART staff members unveiled the initial designs for its new fleet of train cars at a board meeting on Wednesday.

The engineering firm hired by BART came up the proposed new train design after receiving input from BART and transit riders.

The 10 key features are:

1. Split train capability
2. Three doors on each car to make getting on and off faster and easier
3. Energy efficiency improvements
4. Exterior digital displays showing route color and destination
5. Better passenger information -- audio and visual
6. Noise and HVAC improvements
7. Easier to clean seats and floors
8. More handholds
9. More priority seating for seniors and people with disabilities
10. System to transmit BART info to hearing aids and cochlear implants

To see a video presentation of the design as well as get a project update and the latest cost estimates go to the BART link here.

What do you think of the design? Vote in our poll and express your opinion in our comments section.

Heather Swift January 12, 2012 at 09:51 PM
I was wondering if it is going to be made in the area? I thought I read that somewhere.
c5 January 12, 2012 at 10:42 PM
without seeing more details it is hard to say whether i like the new car design or not, but i do have a couple of comments more generally... --first, why can't bart do a better job of keeping the existing cars clean..they are disgusting, and they have staff to clean them (overpaid staff at that). --the bigger issue to me is that bart is so badly managed that in order to pay for the new cars they are going to be asking for more tax dollars from us east bay residents. it is not a huge surprise that train cars need to be replaced every 40-50 years, so why wasn't this built into the normal bart operating budget? we pay some of the highest mass transit fares in the country, plus the additional sales tax that goes to bart, but i guess that is not enough. horrible management, but i guess the money goes to the employees and management rather than to keeping the system in the shape it needs to be in.
c5 January 12, 2012 at 10:47 PM
heather, evidently there were no usa based companies that put a proposal together for bart, so all of the remaining companies are headquartered overseas. that being said, it is my understanding from reading other articles on this, that the cars will be assembled somewhere in the usa...but not in california. we are too expensive a state to be competitive with other states.
Kathleen January 12, 2012 at 11:55 PM
According to the Chronicle article, the areas for wheelchairs and bicycles will be more toward the center of the cars. Isn't that going to make exiting more difficult? Or perhaps that third door will be next to the wheelchair/bicycle area.
Eileen January 13, 2012 at 05:18 AM
Interior configuration looks more like a standard NYC subway train, where you have lots of people standing or with strollers, luggage, stuff, v. the commuter rail set-up we have now, that wastes a lot of floor space on too-wide, cushy (albeit often filthy) seating. New look is better suited to the task.
Adalto Nascimento January 13, 2012 at 07:14 AM
Heather, They don't know quite yet -- The firm behind this design is a BMW subsidiary called DesignworksUSA - we had a story up when BART announced this company would be doing the design: http://patch.com/A-kxrS. But the actual manufacturing contract hasn't been awarded yet. That should happen in May, according to a BART document. We should find out more details about where they will be built then. But I can tell you that federal law requires them to be assembled within the United States - even if the contract is awarded to a foreign company.
Creek Diva January 13, 2012 at 07:23 PM
I cannot wait till those nasty old seats are gone. My one wish, that Bart would run 24 hours. Or at least twice an hour from 2-4a.m.

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