Programming

An Update on BART's "Fleet of the Future" and Train Control Modernization Project
Transportation
Chirag Rabari April 24, 2018
By Chirag Rabari
BART Warm Springs Opening

Earlier this year, the blog provided a sneak peek at the long-awaited first new BART rail cars rolling into service around the Bay Area – and, with them, the promise of smoother, quieter, more comfortable and more spacious train rides for commute-weary Bay Area residents. In that post, we went into some detail on MTC’s essential role in funding and supporting BART’s $4.2 billion “Fleet of the Future” project to purchase and deploy 1,081 new rail cars. But it’s worth stepping back a bit from the funding mechanics to get a better understanding of the difficult realities that make these new rail

New BART Train Cars Are Rolling into Service
Transportation
Chirag Rabari January 23, 2018
By Chirag Rabari

The entire Bay Area celebrated a major milestone last week as the long-awaited first new 10-car BART train began service in the East Bay on the Richmond line. As you can see in the above video from MTC’s partners at BART, the new cars will be smoother and quieter, with quicker and easier boarding, six digital screens in each car, more comfortable seats and more places to hang on. This is riders’ first taste of a decades-long, multi-billion dollar project to replace the aging BART rail car fleet and expand the BART system’s capacity with more rail cars. As you can imagine, making these new cars

Preview of 1/10 Meetings: BATA Oversight, Programming and Allocations, etc.
MTC
Chirag Rabari January 5, 2018
By Julie Teglovic
Bay Bridge Toll Plaza

Several MTC and BATA committees will be meeting this upcoming Wednesday, January 10, at the Bay Area Metro Center, including the MTC Administration Committee, the MTC Programming and Allocations Committee, the BATA Oversight Committee, and the Policy Advisory Council. Of particular note is the BATA Oversight Committee, which will be voting to place Regional Measure 3 on the ballot for this year’s June 5 statewide election. The measure would raise the toll on the Bay Area’s seven state-owned bridges by $1 in 2019, followed by $1 in 2022, and another $1 in 2025. The Mercury News covered the