While no Bay Area transit provider is lucky enough to operate with 100 percent brand-new equipment, BART stands as a primary example of the region’s aging transit infrastructure. From tracks and control systems to vehicles and guideways, 49 percent of all BART infrastructure is now past its useful life, standing in contrast to the regional average of 29 percent. Among other investments currently underway, the replacement of the BART fleet will play a major role in improving the agency’s transit asset conditions over the coming years.
Passenger experience is significantly affected by the condition onboard transit agency vehicles, one of the most critical asset categories. Operators like Muni, AC Transit and Golden Gate Transit have recently undertaken bus rehabilitation and replacement projects, resulting in improved performance. All three of these robust bus systems have reduced the share of aged vehicles in their fleets to less than 5 percent.