Your Chance to Give Input on the Next Generation of BART Rail Cars – 511 Contra Costa

Your Chance to Give Input on the Next Generation of BART Rail Cars

As a part of its new rail car project BART has announced it plans to hold three community meetings some time in the Summer and Fall of 2009.  They will be held across the BART service area.  This will be your opportunity to give input on the next generation of BART rail cars to be in service for the next 30 years.

From the BART New Rail Car Project website:
Many of the BART cars in service today have been running since 1972. If BART is going to keep providing dependable service, it is essential for BART to replace the aging fleet of 700 BART Car Conceptrail cars with newer, more reliable vehicles. The rail car replacement project is a $3.4 Billion capital investment that will span more than a decade and require a coordinated regional effort.
The meetings are being planned across the BART service area, with tentative meeting locations under consideration for Alameda, Contra Costa, and San Francisco Counties. Sign up for email news and updates about BARTs New Rail Cars and you will be informed automatically as details of these meetings become available.

For more information check out the BART new rail car project webpage.

0 thoughts on “Your Chance to Give Input on the Next Generation of BART Rail Cars

  1. I think instead of re-outfitting the interior per say, I want to see newer and sleeker exterior designs. Designs that match the technological advancements that reflect bullet train/maglev designs

  2. I think instead of re-outfitting the interior per say, I want to see newer and sleeker exterior designs. Designs that match the technological advancements that reflect bullet train/maglev designs

  3. As an able bodied non-bike riding BART rider, I think the whole system of train access and on-board seating for wheelchair users and bike riders needs to be rethought. The cars need some sort of flexible seating and storage for bikes. Perhaps a section of each car with verticle racks on the wall that hold bikes and fold down jump seats for the bikers. Bikes are an important part of the new transit mix and should not be an afterthought.

  4. Wheel chair folks need a more systematic approach to where and how to travel safely on BART. Perhaps more fold up seating areas near the doors where they can park and still be oriented in the direction of travel, rather than risk tipping over in an emergency stop.
    In general the area near the doors is too restricted and crowded. Perhaps there should be some cars on each train that are designed as priority cars for alternative types of transportation like bikes and wheelchairs. The exterior of such cars should be clearly marked so that riders know which car will best suit their need.
    If, as some other comments suggest, the overall design of the cars is to be examined, then opening up more access points, i.e. more doors, would be a great advantage to getting on and off the trains. Since half the passengers are standing during commute times, anyway, the elimination of a few more seats for better access would make little difference in rider comfort.

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