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The Future of BART: Express Service and Trains That Split in Two

To deal with a significant jump in expected ridership by 2025, BART is plans express trains, faster speeds, more timed transfers and trains that split to go separate ways.

It's always cramped during rush hour — but imagine how much more busy BART will be in a dozen years. Heaven forbid the commute should end up looking anything like this passenger-pushing rush in China that was captured on video.

BART Ridership is expected to swell significantly by 2025, according to Metropolitan Transportation Commission estimates, so the transit agency is looking to the future. 

A plan released this week calls for express trains between core stations, more frequent Transbay Tube service, increased speeds on some stretches and even trains that un-couple at Bay Fair station into two trains and go separate ways. 

Also included in the plan presented by staff to the BART board are extended night and weekend service on some lines, more timed transfers and of course more cars.

The BART ridership record set on Wednesday, Oct. 31, was 568,061, a "whopping" 40 percent increase above a typical October Wednesday, BART announced at the time.

By 2025, the agency can expect 560,000 riders every day, BART noted in a news release.

The draft study presented to the board, "BART Metro: Sustainability Communities Operational Analysis," offers "a glimpse into BART’s future," BART said. A copy of the presentation is attached to this article.

Implementation of the blueprint depends on several elements, including funding, the fleet upgrade and capital investments, BART said. The plan will be finalized next year, the agency said.

The BART news release listed the following "exicting components" of the plan:

  • More frequent direct Transbay Tube service
  • More “show up and go” service and more timed transfers
  • Express service between core stations
  • Increased operating speeds in key locations
  • Additional peak-period service on Pittsburg/Bay Point-SFO and South Hayward to Daly City lines
  • Extended service on nights and weekends on the Richmond-Millbrae and South Hayward to Daly City lines
  • Using Bay Fair Station as a “coupling” station where trains can un-couple, creating two trains with one heading to Dublin/Pleasanton and the other heading toward Berryessa Station.
Mt. Diablo Hyperbaric November 17, 2012 at 05:55 PM
This is an interesting idea.
Frank November 17, 2012 at 07:43 PM
All this and they still don't have service to Eastern Contra Costa County whose residents have been paying for BART with taxes since the mid 1960's. San mateo County whcih opted out of BART initally already has service. They are apparently planning somekind of hybrid service. to east county.

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