BART’s new sustainability report outlines its top “green” initiatives in 2020.

Transit Briefs: BART, Calgary Transit

Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) has released its annual sustainability report, detailing progress despite the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition, the city of Calgary (Alberta) is in search of a new leader for Calgary Transit.

BART’s new 135,000-square-foot central warehouse includes energy-efficient HVAC and lighting, which will cut energy consumption by more than 30%, and a more efficient building layout to facilitate the receipt, storage and location of critical railcar components. (Photo of Hayward Central Warehouse courtesy of Clark Construction Group)

BART Warehouse Earns LEED Silver Certification

Bay Area Rapid Transit’s (BART) new parts warehouse in the Hayward (California) Maintenance Complex has been awarded LEED Silver Certification for sustainability.

BART’s B-a-a-a-a-a-a-h-d Brush Fire Blitz

Editor’s Note: Trackside brush fires are a real safety and service headache, and the current heat wave in the West is exacerbating the situation. We thought we’d seen it all, but this story by Bay Area Rapid Transit Senior Web Producer Melissa Jordan really “got our goat.” – William C. Vantuono

In addition returning to near pre-pandemic service levels and hours starting August 30, BART is hiring 10 more Transit Ambassadors as well as 50 new part-time and 17 new full-time railcar cleaners; adding 22 new part-time station cleaners; and completing train ventilation system upgrades with the installation of new MERV-14 air filters.

BART Board Approves $2.44B FY22 Budget

The San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) Board of Directors has approved a $2.44 billion FY 2022 budget, which will take effect July 1.

Carolyn Gonot, incoming General Manager and CEO, Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA)

Gonot to Lead Santa Clara VTA

Carolyn Gonot will return to California’s Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) on July 12—this time serving as General Manager and CEO.

The BART Silicon Valley project’s $6.8 billion final phase will expand BART operations six miles through downtown San José to Santa Clara, and include one at-grade and three underground stations.

Three JVs Shortlisted for BART Silicon Valley Phase 2 Tunneling Contract

The Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) has shortlisted three joint ventures to undertake the estimated $2 billion tunnel and trackwork contract for the Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) Silicon Valley Phase 2 (BSV2) extension project.

BART Maintenance and Engineering staffers retrofitted existing LED displays at Lake Merritt Station with full-color monitors to “demonstrate that this is an efficient, cost-effective method to get more information to customers,” according to the agency.

Transit Briefs: BART, VRE

Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) has started a platform-level sign pilot at Lake Merritt Station in Oakland, Calif.; Virginia Railway Express (VRE) is set to restore full commuter rail service.

Nuria Fernandez is currently Deputy Administrator and senior official of the Federal Transit Administration.

Fernandez Nominated for FTA Administrator (Updated)

President Joe Biden has officially sent to the U.S. Senate his nomination of Nuria I. Fernandez for Administrator of the Federal Transit Administration (FTA); the move would elevate her from Acting Administrator.

Northern California: Link21 Megaproject Unveiled

The San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit District (BART) and Capitol Corridor Joint Powers Authority (CCJPA) have embarked on Link21, described as “a transformational improvement program” that will connect BART with the region’s intercity, commuter and high-speed passenger rail systems while also “connecting people sustainably to employment opportunities and affordable housing throughout the 21-county Northern California Megaregion.”

As of Dec. 4, San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit had received 282 of the 775 cars on order with Bombardier; 266 had been certified and 171 were in service, some of which “were being used to provide training for BART train operators and maintenance technicians on the new systems, and to allow for regular train maintenance.” The first new cars entered revenue service in 2018.

BART Pausing New Car Deliveries

San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) reported it will temporarily halt delivery of its new Fleet of the Future (FOTF) rapid transit cars from Bombardier Transportation due to two reliability issues.