Thank you voters! Because nearly 70% of you voted 'yes' on Measure RR on November 8, 2016, we have $3.5 billion in bond funding to begin our transition to a modern commuter rail system. We're rebuilding and reinvesting, with projects spanning every part of the region from the rolling hills of North Concord, to the tunnels of downtown San Francisco. We’re taking on today’s challenges, and moving forward together.
We're doing everything we can to accommodate the 430,000 daily passengers we serve, and capacity improvements are underway. New state-of-the-art train cars have arrived and the first 10 car train started carrying passengers in January 2018. Between now and the end of 2022, our full order of 775 cars will be in service. Projects designed to keep BART safe, reliable, and prepared for future ridership growth are also underway.
Our plan has been set into motion. In 2017 we rolled up our sleeves and got right to work.
In 2017 we completed a major section of track repair and upgrades in Downtown Oakland; established a Bond Oversight Committee charged with verifying BART spends bond revenues as promised; issued $300 million in bonds certified as climate friendly Green Bonds; awarded six General Engineering Service contracts totaling $150 million; and conducted extensive outreach with the small business community about upcoming RR opportunities.
Measure RR funded projects planned through FY 18-19 include replacing 10 miles of worn rail and trackway components to make the ride quieter, safer and more reliable; track rebuilding projects in Oakland and between Pleasant Hill and Concord; continue retrofitting the Transbay Tube; begin realignment of the Caldecott BART Tunnel which has moved over several decades because of Hayward Fault creep; begin replacement of the worst performing escalators in downtown San Francisco and build canopies to cover the street units to prevent damage from the elements; update waterproofing in tunnels and structures; replace trackside power cables; begin work on new traction power substations located at the Oakland end of the Transbay Tube, San Leandro, Walnut Creek, and Civic Center- all of which are critical to powering our train cars and providing the capability to run more frequent service during the commute; and begin the initial studies planning for a second Transbay Tube.
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