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BART’s “Fleet of the Future” Test Train Open House

The Fleet of the Future is closer than ever to becoming a reality for BART riders. Your chance to get an up close look at a test train for the new fleet is coming. BART will hold a series of free open house events in October.

The first 200 visitors each day will receive a commemorative toy train. The toys were donated to BART. Customers who enter the station to tour the test train will receive a hand stamp for free entry and exit.

The Open House events will occur on a station platform at these dates and locations:

  • Saturday, October 15 – Pleasant Hill/Contra Costa Centre Station @ 11 am- 4 pm
  • Sunday, October 16 – MacArthur Station @ 11 am – 4 pm
  • Saturday, October 29 – Dublin/Pleasanton Station @ 11 am – 4 pm
  • Sunday, October 30 – El Cerrito del Norte Station @ 11 am – 4 pm

A San Francisco location is not possible because it would cause service delays. The test train will be taking up one platform at these stations and in service trains will be single tracking around the events. 

About BART’s Fleet of the Future

  • Quieter:  micro-plug doors will help seal out noise and a new tapered wheel shape will provide a quieter ride
  • Cooler:  cooling systems will distribute air directly from the ceilings, making it more comfortable for standees on hot days
  • Comfortable:  padded seats will be covered with wipeable fabric for ease of cleaning
  • Easy to use:  routes will be color coded like the BART system map, and next stop information will be readily available via automated announcements and digital screens.

BART’s goal is to order 1,081 new train cars, increasing the number of seats in the fleet by 49%.

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