Oct 28, 2015
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BART has published a piece promising significantly quieter rides in the near future, when the transit agency’s so-called Fleet of the Future launches.

The brand new BART cars are scheduled to begin arriving for testing later this year, the transit agency’s senior web producer Melissa Jordan reported. The photo above, provided by BART, is of the body of the one of the new cars currently under construction.

Current train cars have two “pocket-style” doors that slide in and out, but the “closing seal is not totally snug, so noise is increased,” Jordan said, citing an interview with Henry Kolesar, group manager for vehicle maintenance engineering.

The Fleet of the Future boasts trains with three “microplug” doors that open and close similar to the doors of a minivan, and they “significantly reduce noise,” Kolesar told Jordan.

“They open on the outside of the train in a tiny space, less than an inch outward, and slide open. When they slide back closed again, the seal is tight,” Jordan added.

And of course the other benefit of having three doors: It will presumably allow riders to more swiftly exit and board crowded trains.


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Mike Aldax is the editor of the Richmond Standard. He has 13 years of journalism experience, most recently as a reporter for the San Francisco Examiner. He previously held roles as reporter and editor at Bay City News, Napa Valley Register, Garden Island Newspaper in Kaua’i, and the Queens Courier in New York City.