Prior to the 2020 Covid-19 emergency and shelter-in-place mandates, some 400,000 people rode BART each weekday.
BART forms the backbone of the regional transit network. As the Bay Area region has grown, BART has grown with it.
Following the March 2017 opening of BART's extension from Fremont to the new Warm Springs/South Fremont station, the system is on track for a 2020 arrival in Santa Clara County with two more stations in Milpitas and the Berryessa area of east San Jose.
In Contra Costa County, BART now stretches east to Pittsburg and Antioch with a new eBART service using modern diesel trains.
Future BART projects will include an extension to downtown San Jose and Santa Clara.
In the meantime, BART is working to modernize its nearly 50-year-old system with:
- Track and equipment upgrades
- Hundreds of new rail cars arriving over the coming years
- A wide range of improvements at select stations
Did you know over 35,000 BART customers participated in outreach events during the design phase for BART’s new rail cars?
Thanks to customers’ input, the new cars have:
- Micro-plug doors to help seal out noise
- Air conditioning systems that distribute cool air directly to ceilings
- Padded seats covered with wipeable materials
- Digital screens and automated announcements to deliver next-stop information
BART aims to transform its Hayward maintenance facility into a state-of-the-art complex big enough to service up to 250 rail cars at a time.
The maintenance hub is a key piece of BART’s plan for adding up to 1,081 new cars to its fleet and stretching south into Santa Clara County.