BART Taps Hitachi for CBTC

San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit District (BART) has awarded a $798 million contract to Hitachi Rail STS USA, Inc., to supply a CBTC (communications-based train control) system for its Transbay Corridor Core Capacity Program.

All 532 GO Transit buses and about 50% of its 943-railcar fleet are now Wi-Fi enabled.

Supply Side: GO Transit Vehicles Offer Wi-Fi; BART Seeks Next-Gen Fare Gates; Railcar Filtration, Air Conditioning Systems Tested

Transit projects are under way for Metrolinx (Toronto), Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART), Knorr Brake Co., and Deutsche Bahn AG (Germany).

The 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.

BART Silicon Valley Project Enters Phase 2

Phase 2 of the 16-mile Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) Silicon Valley project is under way with the start of design, engineering and contract procurement. Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) recently released the first Request for Industry Feedback (RFIF) for tunnel and track work. This $6.8 billion final phase will expand BART operations six miles through downtown San José to Santa Clara and include four new stations (see map below).

$45MM BART CBTC Contract to Parsons

Bay Area Rapid Transit District (BART) has awarded Parsons Corp. a $45 million engineering services contract for the agency’s Train Control Modernization Project to implement CBTC (communications-based train control). CBTC is part of BART’s $3.5 billion Transbay Corridor Core Capacity Program, which includes five new traction power substations, 306 new rail vehicles and development of a maintenance complex.

BART’s Transbay Project Gets $1.2 Billion Boost

The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) has issued a $1.2 billion grant for Bay Area Rapid Transit’s (BART) Transbay Corridor Core Capacity Program between Oakland and downtown San Francisco. It is the largest grant ever awarded to BART. The funding comes from FTA’s Capital Investment Grants (CIG) Program. The total project will cost $2.7 billion.

BART to Implement Miller’s ZoneGuard

Miller Ingenuity was selected to supply ZoneGuard, its electronic roadway worker protection system, for the Bay Area Rapid Transit’s (BART) mainline track in compliance with CPUC GO 175-A, to warn track workers and equipment operators of trains approaching on adjacent tracks.

BART Opens Berryessa Extension

The Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) and Bay Area Rapid Transit District (BART) recently opened the Berryessa Extension for revenue service.

Special Podcast Series—The Coronavirus and the Rail Industry: BART Moves Forward With Construction

Railway Track & Structures Magazine Editor-in-Chief Bill Wilson talks with Alicia Trost at the Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) on how the agency is dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic.

Fitch: Five Transit Agencies on “Rating Watch Negative”

Fitch Ratings has placed the ratings of five large U.S. public transit agencies on “Rating Watch Negative.” Fitch said it “expects widespread and sharp declines in transit ridership and fare revenues to create significant near-term stress in the U.S. public transit sector with the [agencies] identified here at the greatest risk. Some transit agencies in major urban areas that have already been impacted by the pandemic are reporting ridership declines of as much as 70% to 90% amid efforts at social distancing, a widespread shift to telecommuting and shelter-in-place orders.”

Bombardier, SFO extend partnership

Bombardier Transportation recently announced that it has signed a new contract worth $220 million with the City and County of San Francisco to provide 10 years of operations and maintenance services—with an option for five additional years—for the Bombardier Innovia APM 100 automated people mover (APM) system at San Francisco International Airport (SFO).