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 added to our fleet—visit the project page at www.bart.gov/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 improved parking availability, 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 financial details on the main site.
In 2017 we establish an independent Bond Oversight Committee (BOC) to verify BART spends the bond revenues as promised. It is comprised of seven members who represent a diversity of expertise, geography and demographic characteristics. The duties and responsibilities of the BOC are to: provide diligent, independent and public oversight over the expenditure of funds from the sale of District general obligation bonds; assess how bond proceeds are spent to ensure that all spending is authorized by the ballot measure; sssess whether projects funded by bond proceeds are completed in a timely, cost-effective and quality manner consistent with the best interest of BART riders and District residents; and publish an annual report that includes a detailed account of the Committee’s activities including its expenditures.