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BART directors discuss $1.5-billion rail car contract with Canadian firm

Original post made on Apr 28, 2012

BART directors held a three-hour hearing Thursday on a staff proposal to award a $1.5 billion contract to build a fleet of new rail cars to Bombardier, a Canadian rail car manufacturer.

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Posted by Brian
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Apr 28, 2012 at 2:26 pm

It is just me or does $1.9 million per car seem a little pricey?

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Posted by common sense
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Apr 28, 2012 at 4:16 pm

While replacing 40 yr old Bart traincars is important, the most critical issue for BART survival is Parking. I wonder if a study has been done to see how much Revenue is lost because people cant find a parking space. I would invest in some vacant spaces near BART stations and then get smaller buses to shuttle passengers. Maybe you could cut a Wheels bus in half for that purpose, lol.

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Posted by b
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Apr 29, 2012 at 9:11 pm

There are lots of open spaces at BART. They're just all Reserved/Permit spaces that don't open up until 10:00 (and rarely get filled at all). Way to keep commuters off the freeway, BART.

I complained about all those empty Permit spaces to BART once, but they didn't bother to respond.

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Posted by Bad Parking - Bardt vs. Integrity
a resident of Livermore
on May 1, 2012 at 9:55 am

IF you think parking is bad now, just wait.
When they wanted our votes to build the Bartd, they promised ample and free parking. Not only is there now a charge for the "free" Parking, but
BARTD has already quietly sold much of the ground parking lots near the Pleasanton Station to a developer. I think they got them to pay or help pay for that ugly parking structure. So not only will our lots soon disappear, but they will build apartments who will also need to park somewhere. Let's hope BARTD doesn't let the builder block our remaining lots for the construction.
Just another example of how BARTD does not respect the people at this end of the line.