One shiny new BART train finally crossed the Bay this week.
The facelift features royal blue and neon yellow seats (think: Dory, Sonic the Hedgehog, the Seahawks), added bike racks, digitized maps, and much more standing room than before.
Lucky enough to jump on new @SFBART transbay route today. The extra doors disipate the tendency for passengers to cluster around the 2 door old trains for quicker onboarding & exiting #fleetofthefuture pic.twitter.com/DUYqMYE0PA
— Jerome (@jer0metran) October 24, 2018
There’s also a new sound: automated station announcements are now in use.
After many delays, only one new 10-car train has begun to run daily. SF Chronicle reports that BART hopes to add five new trains, one for each line, by the end of the year.
It will take until 2022 for all 775 cars (equivalent to about 75 trains) to be in use across all BART routes.
New #bart train this morning! Happily encountered at Civic Center station 🤗
The future has FINALLY arrived pic.twitter.com/v3ND141bg8
— ale🖐️ro (@Parraiso) October 24, 2018