Under the newly proposed contract with Mobilitie, four projects, all of which could be completed within five years, would be included:
- Adding cellular service to three SFMTA (Muni) tunnels: Sunset, Twin Peaks and the new Central Subway (project duration: two years).
- Installing new wireless technology, including both WiFi and Bluetooth, in all BART stations, covering both the paid and free areas (project duration: within four years).
- Extend the wireless services from stations in the new Fleet of the Future train cars. The project includes wireless transmitters broadcasting a secure signal into train cars and small poles installed along the track to fill coverage gaps. (project duration: within five years).
- Installing new revenue-generating commercial fiber optic cable along certain BART and SFTMA rights of way to expand BART’s current fiber optic licensing business, generating additional revenue for both BART and SFMTA.
“This Digital Railway project opens up the potential for BART to offer world class digital communication to our riders and to modernize our business practices in the field,” said Ravi Misra, BART’s Chief Information Officer.