With a steady flow of new Fleet of the Future trains arriving in 2019, BART is planning what to do with the fleet of the past – the “legacy” train cars that have served the Bay Area with many dating to the start of BART in 1972.
There’s lots of public interest in what will happen to the old train cars: Could they be donated to museums? Turned into homeless shelters? Used at tech schools for mobile classrooms? Repurposed into container-cart coffee shops? Or sold off as scrap metal to the highest bidder?
The BART Board of Directors will get a look at early plans for the fleet decommissioning at its Thursday, Jan. 10, 2019, meeting. The decommissioning is a complex process because BART will operate with a mixed fleet of new and old cars for some time. The new and old cars can’t join together in one train, but there will be full train sets made up of new and old running simultaneously for several years. And — hint — it’s not as easy as you might think to get rid of an old train car.
Read more for the fascinating calculus of retiring the old cars with their millions of service hours while blending in and ramping up a new generation of cars, with all the technological, logistical and practical issues involved.