New BART Train Cars On Display at a Station Near You

BART will be displaying a life-sized model of its new train car in April and May at various BART stations (see schedule below) and wants your input on the design. You can submit feedback at the displays and/or here:

http://www.bart.gov/about/projects/cars/contact

Suggested talking points:

  1. Thank you for including a bike rack onboard. The bike rack will let cyclists secure their bikes and then have a seat (particularly helpful during off-peak).
  2. We really like that there are no fold-down seats next to the bike rack, because fold-down seats could lead to customer conflicts.
  3. We’d like to see a bar added to the wall next to the bike rack (as in cars today), so that cyclists can secure their bikes to the bar (with their own bungee cord or by strapping their helmet around it).
  4. We’d like to see a bicycle inlay added to the floor to indicate the bike space (like the wheelchair inlay).

You can learn more about the new rail cars here:  http://www.bart.gov/about/projects/cars

There is always competition for onboard space, so we need to make sure BART knows adding bike space is the right thing to do. Please spread the word!

Times & Locations for New Train Car Display

San Francisco—Justin Herman Plaza
(Near Embarcadero Station)
April 16, 2014 | 11:30am–7:00pm

West Oakland Station
April 18, 2014 | 2:00–7:00pm

Fremont Station
April 21, 2014 | 2:00–7:00pm

Pittsburg/Bay Point Station
April 23, 2014 | 2:00–7:00pm

San Francisco—Civic Center Plaza
(Fulton Street near Civic Center Station)
April 25, 2014 | 11:00am–7:00pm

North Berkeley Station
April 29, 2014 | 2:00–7:00pm

Milpitas/San Jose—Great Mall
Main Transit Center
(Great Mall Parkway & S. Main Street)
May 2, 2014 | 2:00–7:00pm

Dublin/Pleasanton Station
May 5, 2014 | 2:00–7:00pm

Fruitvale Station
May 7, 2014 | 2:00–7:00pm

Concord Station
May 9, 2014 | 2:00–7:00pm

Thanks in advance for submitting comments to BART. Every comment counts!

Shirley Johnson

BART BIKES ONboard project

2013 Update:

BART is designing all-new cars to replace its aging fleet and now is the time for your better bike ideas. The public is getting its first look at detailed concepts for BART’s Fleet of the Future, new train cars designed by BMW Group DesignworksUSA to replace the oldest fleet in the nation. BART wants your input on these concepts! How should bicycles be accommodated inside the cars? Imagine an open space about 40 inches wide by 70 inches long on some of the BART cars to accommodate bicycles. How would you design it? What kind of rack or other mechanism would you use to park bikes efficiently? Could BART make it more comfortable for bicyclists and nonbicyclists alike by providing a comfortable spot for bikes out of the aisles and doorways? The East Bay Bicycle Coalition wants your ideas. No vertical hooks please (too unsafe even during offpeak periods), but otherwise all ideas are welcome. Contribute your comments on our BART car design blog

Learn more about BART’s public process for input. BART is holding open houses to get feedback on design concepts for new trains. BART has the oldest cars in the nation and the fleet needs to be replaced to avoid future breakdowns and delays, according to BART spokespeople. There are three interior design concepts and one exterior design concept for the Fleet of the Future on display and BART wants to know what you think. In addition, the design concepts will be displayed at selected BART stations. To find out the schedule for displays at BART stations, go here. Open House Dates and Locations

  • Thursday, August 11 Richmond 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm Richmond Main Street 1000 Macdonald Avenue, Suite C
  • Saturday, August 13 Dublin 10:00 am – 11:30 am Dublin Library Community Room 200 Civic Plaza
  • Wednesday, August 17 Walnut Creek 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm Contra Costa Transportation Authority Board Room 2999 Oak Road
  • Saturday, August 20 Pittsburg 10:00 am – 11:30 am Pittsburg Library 80 Power Avenue
  • Monday, August 22 San Leandro 6:30 pm – 8:00pm San Leandro Library 300 Estudillo Avenue
  • Wednesday, August 24 San Francisco 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm San Francisco Planning + Urban Research (SPUR) Public Assembly Hall 654 Mission Street
  • Wednesday, August 24 Union City 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm Kennedy Community Center 1333 Decoto Road
  • Thursday, August 25 San Francisco 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm OMI/Excelsior Beacon Center James Denman Middle School 241 Oneida Avenue
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