BART teams with BMW subsidiary for design of new train cars 

Most BART passengers can’t afford to drive around in their own personal BMWs, but at least some time in the future they’ll get to travel on trains designed by the famous auto company.

BART announced on Tuesday that it will be partnering with DesignworksUSA, a subsidiary of BMW, on designing its new rail cars, which are expected to be introduced to the system in 2017.

Designworks will craft the look and layout of the new cars, incorporating feedback from the public, such as how the agency’s seats should be crafted.

BART currently has the oldest fleet of train cars in the country — with the current vehicles nearing 40 years old. This summer, the agency is expected to award a $3 billion contract to replace all 669 of BART’s existing cars.

The manufacturer will build the cars based on the vehicle specs created by Designworks.

wreisman@sfexaminer.com

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