This is pretty dope! If you live in the Bay, BART riders are getting a chance to give their say on how they want their BART trains to look!
BART riders are getting one final chance to weigh in on the design details of the transit cars that will be carrying passengers around the Bay Area as soon as 2017.
A line of interested people snaked through a half-length model of one of the reimagined cars Wednesday at San Francisco's Justin Herman Plaza, testing out the colorful seats, the real-time electronic system map and other innovations, such as dedicated space for bikes. It was the first of 10 stops for the model over the next month.
"We want to lock down the design by the end of May," said Aaron Weinstein, the transit system's chief marketing officer. "But we want to get a final confirmation of the design before the manufacturing begins."
Riders' comments already have had an impact on the design, he added. A much less detailed mockup of the new car, complete with absolutely nonstandard wooden seats, was on display in July and August at Oakland's MacArthur Station. A number of changes suggested then have been incorporated into the design seen Wednesday.
Visitors to the earlier mockup, for example, complained that the grips near the car's doors were too tight, causing them to bang their knuckles on the wall. People using wheelchairs also found that their hands could be squeezed when they rolled too close to the widened part of the new multipronged pole near the doors, designed to make traveling easier for standing riders.
This is so dope! If your in the Bay and ride public transportation, make sure to make your opinion matters. Test models will be around the Bay to preview for the next few weeks. Find out where and when below!
West Oakland Station: 2-7 p.m. Friday
Fremont Station: 2-7 p.m. Monday
Pittsburg/Bay Point Station: 2-7 p.m. Wednesday
Civic Center/UN Plaza Station: 11 a.m.-7 p.m. April 25
North Berkeley Station: 2-7 p.m. April 29
Great Mall in Milpitas: 2-7 p.m. May 2
Dublin/Pleasanton Station: 2-7 p.m. May 5
Fruitvale Station: 2-7 p.m. May 7
Concord Station: 2-7 p.m. May 9