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

Bombadier would build 770 cars to replace agency's aging fleet

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.

However, the matter was only on the board's agenda for discussion today and the board won't vote on it until its next meeting on May 10.

In the latest development in a lengthy process that began back in 2005, BART staff members on Monday recommended Bombardier over three other bidders for building up to 770 rail cars to replace the transit agency's aging fleet of cars.

Staff members said they chose Bombardier because it had the highest score in a rating system that considered eight factors, including price, experience and past performance and design details.

They said Bombardier is complying with "Buy America" regulations, which require that 60% of the components be made domestically and 100% of the assembly to take place in the U.S.

Bombardier has promised that its cars will have 66% of their components made domestically.

The French firm Alston promised to supply cars that would be 95% American. But BART staff members said Alston's bid was $184 million higher than Bombardier's.

Jeff Shuttleworth, Bay City News

— Bay City News Service


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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.

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