Voters approve $3.5B BART bond

The Bay Area’s regional transit agency is set to receive a major boost in funding after voters Tuesday appear to have passed a $3.5 billion bond to bolster BART.

Measure RR — which required more than two-thirds voter approval in San Francisco, Alameda and Contra Costa counties to pass — is meant to address a decade-long, nearly $10 billion infrastructure need in order to meet a state of basic good repair.

Supporters had said crammed trains, warped tracks and crumbling tunnel walls were nearly certain in BART’s future if the bond failed at the ballot.

One of the biggest chunks of the bond, $625 million, will go toward renewing 90 miles of BART’s 107 total miles of track — much of which was first laid when BART started in the early 1970s.

Another $1 billion will go toward the system’s power infrastructure, and $570 million toward repairing tunnels and other structures. The bond will also pay for the replacement of BART’s train control system, which was designed in the 1960s.

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