Toot toot! BART to run legacy fleet for final trip on Saturday

(Photo courtesy BART)

BART will run its legacy fleet of rail cars for the last time on Saturday.

A celebration event at MacArthur station in Oakland will open to the public starting around noon, the agency reported. There will be a raffle of memorabilia, BART merchandise sales, food trucks, activity tables, and more.

The event will be followed by the last runs of the legacy cars along the original stretch of BART tracks connecting MacArthur station in Oakland to the Fremont station. Attendees will need to pay the regular BART fare for their ride.

Three trains will make the last run of legacy cars for the event. The first to depart will be an express train for VIPs and others who want a faster ride. It will run from MacArthur station to Bay Fair station and back without any stops.

The other two trains will run from MacArthur Station to Fremont Station and will make all stops.

“These train cars are part of the history of the Bay Area,” BART general manager Bob Powers said in a statement. “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.”

Read more at BART’s website here about the decision to retire the old fleet.

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