Projects & Plans

The San Francisco Bay Area will include over two million new residents by 2040, for a total population of over nine million people. As the Bay Area grows, so will the need for BART. Below are some key projects in the works that will help make BART better, safer, and more useful for Bay Area residents for years to come.

System Expansion

System Rebuilding

We’re rebuilding and reinvesting throughout the BART system. Measure RR bond funded projects include replacing worn rails, retrofitting the Transbay Tube, replacing escalators, and updating waterproofing in tunnels and structures.

Learn more about System Rebuilding.

conceptual design of a BART car exterior

New BART Train Cars

As current train cars reach the end of their useful life, BART is preparing a new generation to take their place. The new cars will be more comfortable, more reliable, and designed to serve the Bay Area for the next 30 years and beyond.

Learn more about the Fleet of the Future.

Operations Control Center

Train Control Modernization

Modernizing BART's train control system will allow trains to operate more frequently,  A train control system operates rail vehicles and supervises scheduling and routing while preventing collisions. Modernizing BART’s 40+ year old train control is an important component in addressing critical capacity, reliability and safety needs as we make way for the Fleet of the Future.

Learn more about Train Control Modernization.

Train mechanic

Hayward Maintenance Complex

To accommodate the much larger (a hoped for goal of 1,081 train cars) and more technologically advanced Fleet of the Future, BART will need to build a state of the art maintenance and storage facility. The proposed Hayward Maintenance Complex Project would be just that. By improving underdeveloped BART property on-site, and acquiring adjacent commercial property, the new complex will be large enough to service up to 250 vehicles.

Learn more about Hayward Maintenance Complex.

BART Planning

BART Planning

BART is rebuilding and reinvesting in every part of the region, from the rolling hills of North Concord, to the tunnels of downtown San Francisco.

Learn more about BART Planning.

19th Street modernization

Station Modernization

BART is embarking on a Station Modernization Program that will invest resources and efforts into the existing core stations and surrounding areas. By upgrading and modernizing station functionality and improving capacity and flow, stations will become safer and more pleasant places to be.

Learn more about Station Modernization Program.

BART Wireless Technology

BART Wireless Technology

BART is working to improve cell phone connectivity across the system and provide seamless Wi-Fi coverage in all stations and aboard Fleet of the Future trains. The project will construct new Wi-Fi and Bluetooth infrastructure, and enhance cellular coverage to drastically reduce dropped calls, provide reliable connectivity for video and audio streaming while riding and waiting, and allow for improved app functionality, even in underground stations. Read more about the project.

Learn more about BART Wireless Technology.

Fruitvale Transit Village

Transit-Oriented Development (TOD)

BART’s Transit-Oriented Development program aims to help create great communities near stations through development of BART property and partnerships with cities. BART’s goal is to build 20,000 homes and 4.5 million square feet of commercial space on 250 acres of BART-owned property. To help address the Bay Area’s housing crisis, 7,000 of these homes will be affordable.

For more information please see the Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) page.


BART Earthquake Safety Upgrade

BART has initiated an Earthquake Safety Program to improve vulnerable portions of the original BART system—making it safer for the public and BART employees. Parts of the system with the highest traffic will be upgraded for overall safety, and so that BART can return to operation quickly after a major earthquake.

Learn more about Earthquake Safety Program.

Silicon Valley Extention

Silicon Valley Extension

The Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) is managing a project to extend BART to Silicon Valley. The 16-mile extension will provide a fast, reliable and convenient alternative to driving in two of the most congested highway corridors in the Bay Area.

Learn more about Silicon Valley Extension.

Better BART, Better Bay Area

Transbay Capacity Relief

BART is moving forward to implement the Transbay Corridor Core Capacity Project, which will increase peak hour capacity into San Francisco by 40%. 

Learn more about Transbay Capacity Relief.

Second Transbay Rail Crossing

New Transbay Rail Crossing (Link21)

BART and the Capitol Corridor Joint Powers Authority have partnered to advance the Link21 program of system improvements that will transform the 21-county Northern California Megaregion’s passenger rail network into a faster, more integrated system, providing a safe, efficient, equitable, and affordable means of travel for all types of trips. Link21 will include a new transbay rail crossing between Oakland and San Francisco that will increase BART’s transbay capacity and connect Regional Rail service across the Bay. 

Learn more about Link21.

BART Fare Gate Modifications

Fare Gates and Station Hardening

Concerns about fare evasion have increased calls for new fare gates and other measures to encourage riders to pay their fair share. Efforts are underway to deter the ability to push through or jump over current fare gates and design and secure funding for new fare gates. BART is also making infrastructure changes within our stations such as installing higher barriers and bringing elevators into the paid area.

Learn more about new fare gates and fare evasion prevention.

Legacy Decommissioning

Legacy Fleet Decommissioning

With more Fleet of the Future trains arriving, BART is planning what to do with the “legacy” train cars they will replace. The decommissioning process is complex and there’s a lot of public interest in what will happen with the old train cars. Read more about the project.

Learn more about Legacy Fleet Decommissioning.

Irvington Station view from east plaza looking through

Future Irvington Station

BART is currently designing an infill station within the Irvington district of Fremont.  The station will be located approximately halfway in between Fremont Station and Warm Springs/South Fremont Station.  Efforts to date have been funded by ACTC Measure BB and MTC RM2.

Learn more about the future Irvington Station.