New BART Trains Unlikely to be in Service by Thanksgiving Day

November 20, 2017 10:00 am · 19 comments

(by Janis Mara) – There’s good news and bad news on BART’s new 775-car fleet: The manufacturer has a fix for problems that surfaced during a test run, but it’s highly unlikely any of the trains will be in service by Thanksgiving.

New BART train cars flunked a safety inspection by the California Public Utilities Commission, a state regulatory agency, earlier this month, delaying approval of the cars by the commission.

Paul Oversier, the system’s assistant general manager, told the BART board yesterday during a board meeting that Bombardier, the manufacturer, has solutions to the issues that came up, according to BART Spokesman Jim Allison.

“BART is going through the CPUC’s punch list and will be responding to their questions shortly. Then CPUC inspectors need to ride the train with us again,” Allison said in an email.

He was referring to the fact that after the repairs are made, members of the utilities commission will once again take a test drive. The problems initially surfaced during a test run of a 10-car pilot train with a Utilities Commission team aboard.

“So we are aiming to put the 10 new cars into service later this month or possibly early December. Shouldn’t be later than December 15th,” Allison said.

BART had earlier set Thanksgiving as its goal for getting some of the trains into service.

TIFOKCIS November 20, 2017 at 10:14 AM

Job security.

Union style.

At least its not like the Bay Bridge 4 BILLION dollars over budget.

Cellophane November 20, 2017 at 10:17 AM

I think they’ll be a few in service by Thanksgiving 2018…

Silva November 20, 2017 at 10:33 AM

Big surprise.

chuckie the troll November 20, 2017 at 10:59 AM

Bombs away?

Another example of BART ‘helping’ their customers and using taxpayer funds wisely*

Anon November 20, 2017 at 10:59 AM

Bombardier to Pilot-train…..we missed the target.

The Mamba November 20, 2017 at 11:15 AM

This is shocking, BART does such a great job with everything else they do.

primo November 20, 2017 at 11:48 AM

I’ll bet that bart paychecks are never delayed

CSS November 20, 2017 at 12:29 PM

And this is a surprise to whom?

Pony November 20, 2017 at 1:06 PM

The over on this is Christmas. I doubt BART will cover the spread.
Since these train cars have three doors, is BART going to redo the yellow safety strip to show where the doors are or just let land rush happen at each stop.

Concordejet November 20, 2017 at 1:30 PM

More like November of 2117

BMWPlow November 20, 2017 at 1:40 PM

Unless they were testing trains at about 10:30 today, I am pretty sure I saw a whole new train on the lafayette line this morning.

Hugh November 20, 2017 at 3:59 PM

#1, what do you recommend instead of union workers, some labor at minimum wage? How about we run Bart like Wal-Mart?

NunYa November 20, 2017 at 4:42 PM

CPUC = rubber stamp

Elwood November 20, 2017 at 5:25 PM

What do you want to bet that after this latest round of stupidity is fixed more problems will be revealed?

I hope the new cars will be coming soon. The homeless drunks and crazies need better housing.

at it again November 20, 2017 at 7:56 PM

and we should be shocked?
our tax dollars down the drain…

Anon November 20, 2017 at 7:57 PM

Shocking! A government agency not meeting it’s goals. WOW!

J. November 20, 2017 at 8:29 PM

Janis. I saw a 10 car new train running South behind the skate park in Concord (Galindo and Cowell)

Anon November 20, 2017 at 8:35 PM

Take the old bart trains and make them into homeless housing. You could stack about 15-20 bunk beds in them.

Mr. P. Hill November 20, 2017 at 9:41 PM

I really need to get a job with bart

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