As BART ridership grows, don’t expect any longer trains 

BART has created an infographic explaining why trains are constantly packed. The answer? The answer? There aren't enough train cars. - AP FILE PHOTO
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  • BART has created an infographic explaining why trains are constantly packed. The answer? The answer? There aren't enough train cars.
Every day, riders pack into BART’s crowded cars at peak commute times. And as the Bay Area’s population booms, riders are contending with even more packed trains than ever before.

Now BART wants you to know why.

“The simple answer is there aren’t enough train cars,” BART wrote in a new info-graphic titled, “Why aren’t there more 10-car trains?”

The info-graphic reveals that BART has 662 total train cars in its fleet, and it runs 86.5 percent of them – which BART said is the best rate among major U.S. transit systems.

BART has 535 train cars in service during peak commute times, with 38 cars on standby. Many cars are out of service for maintenance and repair.

But help is indeed coming. In 2016, BART’s “fleet of the future” will start arriving, slowly. The goal is to acquire 1,000 new cars by the 2020s, which will boost the fleet’s total train count by as much as 50 percent.

Until then, riders will just have to deal with the crowds as they grow bigger and bigger.

You can take a look at the info-graphic below.

click to enlarge COURTESY BAY AREA RAPID TRANSIT
  • Courtesy Bay Area Rapid Transit

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Joe Fitzgerald Rodriguez

Joe Fitzgerald Rodriguez

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Born and raised in San Francisco, Fitzgerald Rodriguez was a staff writer at the San Francisco Bay Guardian, and now writes the S.F. Examiner's political column On Guard. He is also a transportation beat reporter covering pedestrians, Muni, BART, bikes, and anything with wheels.
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