New Train Car Project

Fleet of the Future | New Train Cars

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Onsite testing begins for BART’s first new train car

Meet the Fleet: BART's new car arrives

Meet the Fleet: Three doors on new train cars to reduce noise, improve reliability, increase capacity

Meet the Fleet: Passenger information systems get a big upgrade on new trains

Meet the Fleet: Improved climate control highly anticipated on new trains

Meet the Fleet: Behind the scenes, BART's new train cars undergo extensive testing for safety, reliability

Meet the Fleet: New train car gets ready to head West

Meet the Fleet: All about the seats, a firsthand report


Below are preliminary rider survey results from BART's recent open house events.

Test Train Open House Survey Results


New Train Car Body

BART began service over 40 years ago.  The original BART cars are near the end of their useful lives and need to be replaced.  

Bombardier Transit Corporation will build BART's Fleet of the Future.  A complex supply chain and assembly process, followed by rigorous testing, will result in the first new train cars going into service 2017.

Over 35,000 customers participated in outreach events during the design phase.  Based on their input, the new cars will be:

  • Quieter:  micro-plug doors will help seal out noise and a new tapered wheel shape will provide a quieter ride
  • Cooler:  cooling systems will distribute air directly from the ceilings, making it more comfortable for standees on hot days
  • Comfortable:  padded seats will be covered with wipeable fabric for ease of cleaning
  • Easy to use:  routes will be color coded like the BART system map, and next stop information will be readily available via automated announcements and digital screens.

BART's goal is to order 1,081 new train cars, increasing the number of seats in the fleet by 49%.

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