In September 1972 the first line of the $1.4 billion San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit District (BART) system was opened to revenue service. The 75 mile, 38 station commuter rail system is the first new concept in big city rapid transit in half a century. BART is notable in many ways, among them its: 3.6 mile Trans-Bay Tube, up to 130 ft below the surface of San Francisco Bay; 25 miles of line on aerial structure; automatic train operation; automatic fare collection. BART will be a major test of whether car-happy Americans can be induced to switch to transit, thus relieving congestion and pollution problems.

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  • Accession Number: 00044521
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Civil Engineering
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jun 15 1973 12:00AM