BART’s Fleet Of The Future To Be Assembled In Contra Costa County

June 15, 2019 13:29 pm · 29 comments

The company that manufactures BART’s Fleet of the Future cars announced Friday it is opening a rail car assembly site in Pittsburg.

Bombardier Transportation will move the assembly of the Fleet of the Future cars from upstate New York to Pittsburg in the coming months.

BART officials said the new facility will employ local workers, contribute tax dollars to the local economy and greatly reduce the vehicle emissions needed to transport the cars to BART property.

The site will be about 50 miles from BART’s Hayward test track.

MattfromConcord June 15, 2019 at 1:35 PM

How do we get a job there????

S June 15, 2019 at 1:44 PM

I wonder how many of those jobs will require skilled labor that BART will train locals for vs how many people will be brought in for the Skilled jobs , leaving the low pay jobs only to locals…

Can’t blame one for being skeptical where BART is involved.

Dennis June 15, 2019 at 2:46 PM

Very little real skill needed. Probably some robots involved. Of course it will be unionized so money and benefits will be good for those lucky enough to get in.

Roz June 15, 2019 at 3:08 PM

Maybe some employees will move from upstate New York to Pittsburg California. There is probably some local skilled workers and trainees here already to fill the jobs needed. Hope for the best for locals to get training and jobs.

Ancient Mariner June 15, 2019 at 2:02 PM

Well, this is some good news, for once!

Dorothy June 15, 2019 at 2:14 PM

Wasn’t some of the early trains built here quite some years ago? Seems I remember one of them being moved along one the Pittsburg roads. Late 80’s or sometime in the 90’s. Maybe it was a repair shop instead.

Bob June 15, 2019 at 5:15 PM

They refurbished the entire fleet in the 90’s at the same plant. Stripped them down to the frame and replaced/upgraded pretty much everything. That’s when they switched from brown to blue seats.

JazzMan June 15, 2019 at 2:31 PM

Where will the factory be located?

ZZ June 15, 2019 at 2:44 PM

Bombardier will be offering their workers jobs from the New York plant first. Or to any other employees that may want to move to California. There may or may not be any openings for Californians right away.

Jojo Potato June 15, 2019 at 2:52 PM

The name of the company building the cars is Bombardier. You don’t expect to get a job by asking on Claycord do you? It takes effort for you to get the right skills and make the right contacts. Do it.

chuckie the troll June 15, 2019 at 2:58 PM

Another rate increase coming to your station soon! And I’m guessing fewer seats and more “standing room”?

Ricardoh June 15, 2019 at 3:09 PM

Very good thing for the area. Bombardier is getting a good tax break from the state. If that is what it takes so be it. Non skilled workers will get skills.

Oh Dear! June 15, 2019 at 3:16 PM

Am I mistaken, or do these new cars have a lot fewer seats than the current ones? I haven’t ridden BART for a while, but if it means most people will be standing, I’ll never be riding again! (leaving one more space for someone else)

Lovelace June 15, 2019 at 10:06 PM

Be logical
They do have fewer seats. This means they can transport more people at once.
This is the goal of mass transit.
More people on the train means less traffic.
Efficiency is more important than comfort.
Pack them in like sardines.

Shoulda Coulda June 15, 2019 at 11:45 PM

Cattle cars are very efficient transportation
for cattle, not people. The new cars look like
they will crowd riders in like they do in Japan.
They have attendants to push you in so they
can close the doors. I suggest when this
happens you learn to moo while enjoying
the tight quarters of the new efficient cars. 🐮
They will also be a dream ride for pickpockets.

Silva June 16, 2019 at 6:42 AM

Yes, Shoulda Coulda. Though from an American POV, it’s difficult to grasp the politeness of the Japanese public, and cows. It will be interesting.

Cellophane June 15, 2019 at 4:37 PM

SRO

Tsa June 15, 2019 at 4:58 PM

Where are the seats for the elderly, disabled, pregnant women and crazy kids? First come, First served is the new BART policy…

Lands June 15, 2019 at 5:17 PM

I wonder who choosed those type of cars. Seats are very few. They wanted all passengers to stand. High tech but not customer friendly.

Original G June 15, 2019 at 6:27 PM

Jobs are going to depend upon amount of fabrication on site versus merely putting together of assemblies built elsewhere and shipped in. Would be interested to find out what they are willing to pay and give in benefits to industrial electricians with control system building experience. Will likely get many job inquires from industrial electricians from mill right across the street. It already has problems retaining trained crafts persons.

As to ” Non skilled workers will get skills.” doubt that will happen.

As to Bombardier NY workers moving to CA en masse that well will soon be poisoned when early arrivals phone home about horrendous living costs and levels of crime.

Silva June 15, 2019 at 6:52 PM

Not many seats!

Atticus Thraxx June 15, 2019 at 7:07 PM

Less seats, less feces. 💩

John P June 15, 2019 at 7:13 PM

Cramming more people into BART cars. Cramming more houses into the Bay Area. Cramming more cars onto the freeways (which are no longer free!). Seems to me the problem isn’t that we don’t have enough infrastructure, bu that we have too many people clamoring for their share. I don’t see the quality of life getting better for anyone until we throttle back the engine that’s driving demand. Reversing the tax code so you pay MORE for each child you have would be a good start.

Oh, please June 16, 2019 at 12:21 PM

Well, libs keep giving the poor free money to pop out kids we allay for, so I don;t see this happening any time soon.

WC Resident June 15, 2019 at 8:04 PM

Bombardier Transportation is a Canadian company that employs 40,650 people in 63 manufacturing locations throughout the world. I doubt many people will chose to relocate from their Plattsburgh, New York plant to Pittsburg. The average home value there is $149,600. Very few people will be able to come up with a down payment to move to the SF bay area. It looks like the rental rates there are 1/3rd to 1/2 of the rates here. I doubt Bombardier will offer to double the pay rate for those that agree to relocate.

See https://www.indeed.com/cmp/Bombardier/reviews?fcountry=US&floc=Plattsburgh%2C+NY It appears the Plattsburgh plant is not a nice place to work at. The plant opened in 1995 and is the manufacturing center for rail cars for systems throughout the United States.

The Plattsburgh plant’s business model seems to be working with local community colleges plus SUNY (their state university system) to train potential employees. They go from college to Bombardier, work for a while, and they get a better job elsewhere.

If you get a job at Bombardier Pittsburg then that likely would set you up to more easily get a job at something like Tesla. If you work in QA or troubleshooting then a better deal would be to transfer from Bombardier to BART’s repair yard as you would be familiar with BART’s equipment.

Kirkwood June 16, 2019 at 10:39 AM

The maximum radius from Claycord to SFO is about 30 miles.

Employees working at the Bombardier plant in Pittsburg would have access to relatively cheaper housing in communities like Brentwood, Discovery Bay, Mountain House, Rio Vista, etc, equivalent distance of Claycord to SFO, and would be reverse commute. Training is expensive so they will be looking for the best trained for the skill level required.

WC Resident June 20, 2019 at 2:15 PM

Th only reverse commuters would be those living in western Pittsburg and to the west such as Bay Point and Concord.

I was comparing the Pittsburg region to the Plattsburgh region and believe the bulk of the rank and file employees will stay in Plattsburgh. Skilled positions are more likely to transfer but there are not many of them.

anotheranon June 15, 2019 at 11:26 PM

Bombardier also makes airplanes; the smaller, regional planes, not the big, Boeing types.

JustMe June 17, 2019 at 10:01 AM

Yes, BART cars were made in Pittsburg many years ago. The company that did the work was a division of Daimler Chrysler and was located on Loveridge Rd near Dow Chemical (now Corteva) and across from the recycling center. I remember seeing the sign. Once the cars were completed– what a decade ago?, that location shut down. I could be wrong, but don’t believe Bombardier has a Pittsburg location yet. Perhaps they’ll use the same area.

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