BART’s hundreds of train cars collectively have the single-highest train system capacity of any running transit line in the nation — and this hella spacious one is a reason why.
BART is responsible for shuffling around 150,000 Bay Area riders to and from locations around the region every single weekday. Though this number is far down from its pre-2020 peak — BART regularly recorded weekday ridership of about 400,000 at that time— the rapid transit agency remains a lifeblood for the SF Bay Area. And its existence still remains on the fringe with state transit funding and regional toll increase integrations paused, all of which would help fund BART.
There is only 1 car (out of more than 700) with this layout.
It fits a lot more people, bikes, scooters, strollers, luggage and such but has fewer seats. Seats are important but so is space. It depends on how long your trip is. https://t.co/assG3FpeCo
— BART (@SFBART) August 17, 2023
Nevertheless, BART’s 700-plus train cars are an integral part of Bay Area life — a priceless norm of transportation. Among those hundreds of BART train cars tens of thousands of people ride daily, there’s one unlike any other.
For one: It’s spacious AF.
— AO (Black Lives Matter) (@RayBan1988) August 16, 2023
A picture of the rare aluminum cylinder was uploaded on X by user [at]RayBan1988. The BART train’s specific layout is far more spacious, chromatic, and overall airier than others. Only fifteen seats are visible in the shared picture; it’s unclear what the exact seating capacity of the train is, but it’s likely less than all legacy cars, which have 56 dedicated seats — and even less than some of the new “future” cars, which have a devoted seating capacity of 50, that began debuting in January 2018.
According to BART, the rapid transit agency currently runs four types of main train cars: A2, B2, C2, and C1. (The latter two cars are nearly identical, though their carrying capacity varies under “crush load.”) BART also later reposted the post from [at]RayBan1988 saying that it’s the only one like it running at the moment.
As some have noted on the website formerly known as Twitter, this train car’s minimalist layout is similar to other national and international train cars — “very similar to train cars in Singapore,” one user posted.
While we haven’t yet taken a ride on what’s likely the rarest BART train in existence, let’s hope that changes in the future.
Feature image: Courtesy of X via [at]RayBan1988