The San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit System (BART) is the first completely new full-scale urban mass transportation system to be completed in the United States in approx. 70 yr. As such, it offered engineers an unusual opportunity to develop new technology in vehicle performance use of electronics for automatic train controls and fare collection, esthetics, multiple use of transportation corridors, passengers station design, subway construction, and other aspects of rapid transit planning and construction. These features are described in this article, along with "start-up" problems encountered, early patronage, and the significance of the System to the economic well-being of the Bay Area.

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  • Accession Number: 00054750
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: ASCE Journal of Transportation Engineering
  • Report/Paper Numbers: #10522 Proc Paper
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jun 24 1981 12:00AM