BMW: Bus, Metro, Walk. That was the tongue-in-cheek acronym we used to refer to public transport back in Montreal where this blogger grew up, but it's San Francisco that's about to have its underground mass transit system overhauled by BMW.

The Bay Area Rapid Transit System (BART) is the fifth-largest urban train system in the country, but its fleet is the oldest. That's why, according to reports, the transit commission has turned to BMW DesignworksUSA to give it a full overhaul.

The contract reportedly includes redoing the exterior and interior of the rail cars, as well as the operator's controls and the PA system at each of BART's 44 stations. This won't be the first time that BMW's design consulting subsidiary has taken on such a project, having recently undertaken a similar overhaul together with Siemens on the metro system in Warsaw, Poland, pictured above.


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      TurboDream17
      • 3 Years Ago
      But will there be an M express line?
      Justin Garak
      • 3 Years Ago
      San Francisco is finally doing something right, hiring BMW
      Andre Neves
      • 3 Years Ago
      Nice to know we're still trying to keep jobs over here in the U.S. :-\
        Hazdaz
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Andre Neves
        Technically they do have a design center right here in the US, so they are employing Americans. Still though, this is a perfect example of the problems that come up when a country falls behind on technology. With the utter contempt that nutjobs in the US have for mass transit, and their willingness to defund it all costs no matter how much it hurts the community, it shouldn't be surprising for anyone if we did in fact have to look for foreign firms for expertise in this area. After all, other countries have a thriving mass transit industries, and thus the knowledge-base to support it. They can then export that knowledge, know-how and even their products to other countries that ultimately helps their economy. We don't. We rather buy it from China.
          Hazdaz
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Hazdaz
          @ rgee01 How about your do some research first before you post your nonsense?? http://persquaremile.com/2011/05/27/u-s-not-dense-enough-for-high-speed-rail-think-again/ http://persquaremile.files.wordpress.com/2011/05/us-europe-high-speed-rail-and-density.png The density of the US population is on par with what you'll find in most of Europe. No I am not talking about Wyoning or the Dakotas or other states that no one wants to live in. But I am talking about the greater metro stations that most of the US population is in and where mass transit would fit in perfectly. CA as a whole has the population density of Spain. Ohio and Florida are about what France is. How's that egg on your face feelin'? .
          rgee01
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Hazdaz
          Ok, hazdaz, let's bring your vision of mass transit utopia to suburban America, which where a significant number of us live. How well do you think that would work out compared to more densely populated areas like Western Europe? After all this time, you still feel the need to engage in unnecessary and unfounded ad hominem attacks. At least you didn't wish death on somebody this time; I guess that is an improvement.
          K Gav
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Hazdaz
          Hazdaz, you are looking at population density incorrectly. What's important is metropolitan density, since that's what a high speed rail system would serve. In Europe you have much more congested cities with relatively few people living on the countryside, so HSR makes much more sense. On top of that you have narrow roads and limited parking (european cities were not designed for cars). In the US you have a lot of people living on the countryside and everything is much more spread out. Let me put it this way. Athens metro area (Greece) has about 5 million residents and covers the same are as Indianapolis (~1 million residents). From the suburbs to downtown it can take 1 hour by car and, once there, it can take an additional hour to find parking (unless you are one of the lucky few that pays $200/month to have a designated parking spot). On top of that, gas is over $8/gallon. It makes A LOT of sense to hop on the subway. In Indianapolis, I can drive from the suburbs to downtown in under 20 minutes and park in front of my office every day at a cost of less than half a gallon of gas, so under $2. If there was a subway, it would probably take longer, it would most likely not drop me off right in front of my office and it would most likely cost just as much. Why on earth would I pick public transit over driving my own car?
        Oldspeed
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Andre Neves
        They are employing Americans. BMW Designworks USA (Again, "USA") is located in Southern California. It's a design consultancy. They do designs for product and all forms of transportation, not just their line of automobiles.
        ThomasP
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Andre Neves
        not sure what you're implying there... Designworks is in SoCal...
      • 3 Years Ago
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      Todd Dunning
      • 3 Years Ago
      Having lived in San Francisco, BART should add urinals all along the interior, desks and TVs for professional beggars and hypodermic rinses for each car. And don't even get me started on the public defecation.
        dude
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Todd Dunning
        I dont really understand why all the negative comments because that is kind of accurate and all..
        Vlad Popescu
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Todd Dunning
        hypodermic rinses? man, you're deep.
      Vlad Popescu
      • 3 Years Ago
      looks infernal. like changing the stig's diapers and finding out it's a girl.
      Ak74
      • 3 Years Ago
      BMW? Then it should drift :)
        rü$╫
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Ak74
        Or break down all the time.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Ak74
        [blocked]
      dude
      • 3 Years Ago
      Just what SF needs more A holes from LA coming to hang out in the Fog!! >:
      Gator
      • 3 Years Ago
      Can't wait to see these in person.
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