BART is scheduled to award a contract in May for its $3.2 billion car replacement project, with the first trains set to arrive at the agency in January 2015.
The regional operator has the oldest set of trains in the nation right now, and replacing the 669 cars on its fleet is a top priority for BART. Next Wednesday, the agency will give an update on the replacement effort at a committee meeting of the Metropolitan Transportation Commission, the region’s lead transit funding agency.
Currently, three contractors have submitted bids for the project, with Bombardier Transportation, a German-based company, proposing the lowest offer, at $2.9 billion.
BART has listed a set a 10 desired criteria for the new trains, including 50 percent more doors for faster boarding, exterior digital displays showing route destinations, and easier-to-clean seats and floors.