Transportation

BART's third rails being switched out

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BART third rail (far left). NativeForeigner via Wikimedia Commons.

Passengers can expect smoother rides as BART works to switch out the system's third rails, which powers the rail cars.

The third rail supplies a 1,000-volt current to the system, The rails have become worn over the years after repeated use..  

The third rail work comes as part of  2016's Measure RR, a voter-approved, $3.5 billion bond measure that has allowed the agency to replace infrastructure.

There are 32 RR-funded projects that are either under construction or complete. More than 50 additional projects are in the planning and design phase. BART has invested more than $218 million in RR funds on infrastructure rebuilding projects.

MTC has partnered with BART over the years, including providing money last week for a parking structure in Dublin.

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