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With the “Fleet of the Future” trickling onto BART tracks, and all the new cars projected to be in service by 2022, the transit system is now looking into just what to do with all its older trains.
Luckily, riders have plenty of ideas.
BART’s twitter account announced Friday that BART’s Board of Directors would meet next week to hear a presentation of proposals on how its “Legacy Fleet” of trains will be decommissioned. One deadline the board is facing happens in early 2020, when “BART’s capacity to store the growing fleet for maintenance will be maxing out,” according to a recent article BART published.
Mentioning options such as turning the trains into museums or pop-up food trucks via tweet, Twitter users responded with more suggestions, including turning the cars into play structures or housing. Another rider suggested re-purposing a BART train at the Oakland A’s new ballpark (an idea enthusiastically endorsed by A’s President Dave Kaval).
As more new train cars arrive, the plan for what to do with the OLD cars is taking shape. The Board will hear a presentation next week about some options: Museums? Tiny homes? Pop-up food trucks? Scrap? Retiring them is not as easy as you might think. https://t.co/U2d58Xsw4q pic.twitter.com/UtDiRJyfLm
— SFBART (@SFBART) January 4, 2019
One particularly enthusiastic rider took the housing idea and went so far as to create mock-ups of what they deemed “abartments” — an apartment complex made of BART trains. A mock-up depicting the exterior of the fictional complex received hundreds of likes from other users. (See the photos in the gallery above.)
Other suggestions are being turned down due to impracticality: one such rejected idea was turning the cars into an artificial reef in the ocean. Although the Metropolitan Transportation Authority has turned its own cars into a reef out in the Atlantic, BART has said the aluminum content of its cars would not be sensible in the water.
There are some admitted limits to what BART can do with its cars with certain criteria needing to be met, such as financial obligations to the Federal Transit Administration, before a car is cut loose.
Riders are invited to attend the board meeting on Jan. 10. More details on the fleet retirement plan and meeting can be read here.
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