BMW's product portfolio has expanded far beyond the sports sedans and cabriolets of old to include all manner of vehicles. But a subway train? You betcha.

As we initially reported a couple of weeks ago, San Francisco's transit authority has commissioned the BMW Group's DesignworksUSA studio to revamp the Bay Area Rapid Transit system – the city's subterranean railway, also known as BART for short. The project entails facelifting both the interior and exterior of the existing trains, as well as sprucing up the 44 stations that they service.

It's not the first time the automaker's design consultancy has been brought on board on a subway project, having performed a similar task in Warsaw, Poland, but we've now got our first glimpse at what those Bangle disciples have got in store for the bayside public transit system. Follow the jump to watch the video.



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      lostjr
      • 4 Years Ago
      The _San Francisco_ subway is part of MUNI. BART, as the name tells you, is the Bay Area, including San Francisco, but also larger parts of the East Bay and a bit south of the city. FWIW Most of the line is above ground outside the city.
      TahsinZ
      • 4 Years Ago
      BMW: Ultimate riding machine?
      Gator
      • 4 Years Ago
      The exterior of the current trains looks better than the new concept. Why not make them look cool
      microbot
      • 4 Years Ago
      Love the circles intertwined though i imagine some comedic commuter will try to stick a head through.
        sucknut
        • 4 Years Ago
        @microbot
        Wait, so you're not supposed to slide babies in there so they hang like a bunch of grapes?
          Dan
          • 4 Years Ago
          @sucknut
          That was so incredibly wrong. And funny.
      Trond Hauge 戸論
      • 4 Years Ago
      Yeah-yeah. Porsche designed our subway trains in Oslo. Anyway, seriously, like the idea of Interior B and C. And don't be afraid of the quality. Porshce just designed our's. *Siemens built them. They did have some issues with the cold weather (down to -20C), but not so much now. *Siemens - not just know for laptops and home appliances, but German high speed trains like ICE1,2,3 and Transrapid (the German Maglev.)
      Basil Exposition
      • 4 Years Ago
      They should have hired whoever designed DC's Metrorail. That system is 50 years old and still operates silently and looks great.
        Elmo
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Basil Exposition
        I have to agree with you. DC's Metrorail has such a comfortable ride and sometimes you forget you're even riding in a subway.
        Robert D.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Basil Exposition
        Metrorail opened in 1976 and only around one third of the original cars are still in service. All have been refurbished since.
        Dan
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Basil Exposition
        Sorry to break it to you, Basil. Nearly identical systems. Built at nearly the same time (Metro's a touch older). By the same company (Bechtel). From what I've gathered so far by living in both places, DC Metro is slightly older, uses an older ATC (well, not at the moment, since they're on Manual Override), longer cars, and saved money by using themes on a single station design, whereas BART made an effort to use a unique design for each station.
      • 4 Years Ago
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        Adrian
        • 4 Years Ago
        How is this fail? Part of "improving service" is having quality cars to be transported in. The current ones are loud and terribly outfitted, so clearly this is an important part of improving the BART. Although I do agree that they need to build it out like they've been planning for years.
          Brian E Parker
          • 4 Years Ago
          @Adrian
          Exactly - let's hope the new cars have open axles so they wont squeal when taking turns.
        Orin O'Neill
        • 4 Years Ago
        BART has the oldest rail cars of any transit system in America (some are 40 years old)... they need to be replaced, soon. "Building it out," whatever that means, would be pointless if their trains were always breaking down. It doesn't cost any more to make new rail cars attractive, and any of BMW's interior proposals would make new cars more functional and comfortable than what's in service now...
        tump
        • 4 Years Ago
        I agree with BART's current loudness: earplugs are required and I think this is a giant health & safety issue that needs addressing.
      Wai
      • 4 Years Ago
      Can't wait for the BART ///M
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        Elmo
        • 4 Years Ago
        Here's an idea... STOP POSTING WHENEVER YOUR LAST COMMENT DISAPPEARS!
          • 4 Years Ago
          @Elmo
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      Karl Sanders
      • 4 Years Ago
      really weak concept, I expected better from BMW Designworks...... also who rendered this? it's pants
      Magnus Back
      • 4 Years Ago
      BMW, really??? What experience do they have of building metro subway/rail systems? I expect this to end up in a total disaster. - No spec so everybody will come up with fancy, expensive, outlandish and irrelevant ideas - Expensive, over budget - Massively delayed No, get somebody from Japan to design a down to earth system for you, just like it works there.
        darkknightamg986
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Magnus Back
        Just because you haven't heard of it, doesn't mean they aren't known in the industry: http://www.designworksusa.com/dwusa/clients/index.html These trains are due for an upgrade and the entire railsystem as well..
      • 4 Years Ago
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