San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit District (BART) recently unveiled new railcars built by Bombardier Transportation.
Bombardier is supplying 775 new rail cars for BART’s Fleet of the Future. Twenty cars have been delivered from Bombardier’s U.S. manufacturing site in Plattsburgh, N.Y. The remaining cars are scheduled to be delivered by Fall 2021.
“Our customers are going to love these cars,” BART General Manager Grace Crunican said in a news release. “Some of the great new features that we are most excited for, and we know our customers will be too, are the three doors on either side for easier boarding, next stop information displays, comfortable seats, air conditioning, and most importantly the spaciousness. These cars are more energy efficient and quieter than the old fleet. We are thrilled.”
The new cars will replace BART’s entire existing fleet and better serve its record ridership and expected growth. The cars incorporate state-of-the-art, environmentally-friendly technologies and include input from Bay Area citizens who had the opportunity to provide feedback on the car’s design through an extensive public outreach program.