Apr 17, 2024 - News

Bid farewell to BART's legacy trains with one last ride

Photo of a BART train pulling into a station

A train arrives at the Walnut Creek station of the BART system in 2017. Photo: Smith Collection/Gado via Getty Images

BART's legacy trains, composed of rail cars that have served the Bay Area for over half a century, will sunset farewell ceremony this Saturday.

State of play: BART will hold a retirement ceremony Saturday at Oakland's MacArthur Station, where there will be food trucks, an activity table, a raffle for legacy car number plates and more starting at noon.

  • Many of the groups who are repurposing old BART cars for new uses will be present to share information about their projects.
  • Following the ceremony, interested riders can line up in the plaza and board a legacy train that will run from MacArthur to Fremont Station, mirroring the initial service BART provided when it opened Sept. 11, 1972.
  • It's a 45-minute trip that travels along 24 miles of the original section of tracks.

What they're saying: "These train cars are part of the history of the Bay Area," Bob Powers, BART general manager, said in a news release.

  • "While we are excited to modernize the system, we recognize the profound cultural importance of these cars, and we want to celebrate their rich history and give them a proper send off," he said.

The big picture: While a few legacy cars will go to museums and other groups approved for repurposing projects, most will be recycled after their final dispatch.


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