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BART Train of the Future

I got to hang out with BART Board President Tom Blalock today. He wished me a Merry Christmas, but not a happy half-birthday.

Little did I know BART is designing its next generation of trains. No one knows when they’ll be built, but when they put into service, they will most likely have three sets of doors instead of two. Easier to get in and out, Blalock said.

The new trains probably won’t have carpets, which are a pain to clean, but it looks like they will still have fabric sheets, much to Blalock’s dismay. He’d like to see BART cover its seats with a velcro liner so when someone soils them, a BART worker can just zip it off and put on a new one.

Makes sense to me.

Matt Artz