OAKLAND (CBS/AP) — The Bay Area Rapid Transit District is gearing up to buy new train cars that would have easier-to-clean seats and digital information displays.

BART plans to award a $1 billion contract for 260 new cars in May. The cars would also have three doors to speed up boarding and reconfigured seating.

BART Assistant General Manager for Operations Paul Oversier said the agency would test 10 cars from the manufacturer at the start of 2015 before allowing full production. The first cars would then arrive in September 2016 with others following through the end of 2018.

The 260 cars would be paid for with $870 million in regional funds from the Metropolitan Transportation Commission and money from BART’s budget.



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