The Bay Area is magnetic, and as our population increases, BART’s goal is to make sure growing pains don’t get in the way of either new opportunities or your destination. We have begun laying the groundwork to upgrade our computer equipment from Pong-era technology to a modern train control system—which means less waiting for trains on crowded platforms and less frustration from delays. New train cars are also being tested as we speak—visit the project page at bart.gov/about/projects/cars to learn more.
How you get to BART matters just as much as how BART gets you to where you need to be. We've begun improving customer access within and around our stations—from more parking, to new escalators and elevators, to bike stations. BART is for everyone and all abilities, and we want to ensure that nothing comes between your front door and a seat on a BART train.
BART is vital to the Bay Area, but the cost of replacing so much of our system adds up quickly. Figuring out how to pay for our needs has been a lengthy and difficult job, yet throughout this process we’ve dedicated ourselves to transparency, responsibility, and integrity when it comes to funding our future, and we're grateful to voters for saying YES to a future of safe, reliable transit.
$3.5 billion in funding for some of these projects will come from Measure RR, which was passed in November with over 2/3 of the vote in BART's three-county District. Read the cost details here, the resolution here, and find out the latest financial details on the main site. Letters have been sent to designated organizations participating in the independent oversight committee; board appointments will occur in April 2017.