That loud whooshing sound you hear every time BART zooms into a station? It’s called being “quiet”.
According to a recent study, BART actually has one of the quietest train systems in the country, a fact that might come as a surprise to people who have been overwhelmed by the din of an arriving train.
In the jargony, industry-focused report by the Federal Transit Administration, BART is praised for its infrastructure of “trued wheels and smooth ground rail on ballast and ties,” a combination that makes the agency “one of the quietest vehicles in operations at U.S. transit systems.”
Pity the poor folks who try to listen to their iPods on transit systems that are louder than BART.