OAKLAND (CBS SF) — Ever dream of owning your own BART car? The transit agency has begun accepting proposals to transfer ownership of some of its decommissioned legacy train cars.
Currently, BART is in the process of exchanging its fleet of old train cars for new, upgraded cars with features like modular seating and better air flow. Eventually, the agency’s entire fleet of some 700 train cars will be replaced.READ MORE: Heat Wave To Bake Bay Area, California With Some Temps Reaching Triple Digits
Many of the cars, some of which have been in service since BART’s launch in the 1970s, will be dismantled and recycled, but members of the public now have the chance to propose converting some of the cars into museum exhibits, restaurants, training tools for law enforcement and public safety officials and a BART merchandise store.
BART Spokesperson Jim Allison says some of the cars have sentimental value.
“We just started yesterday. Basically we’re opening up the suggestion box so people can make their suggestions for how they would use a BART car if it was donated to them,” said Allison.
According to BART officials, applicants who have their proposals chosen must pay the costs of transporting the car from BART’s property to its new location, crane rental to offload it as well as other expenses like labor, but the cars themselves will be free.
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“You know, it’s not out of the question that somebody would use it for a tiny home if they had everything else in order,” said Allison. “There are people already doing it!”
Projects must also not cost BART money once the train car is prepared to be delivered. Transportation costs are estimated between $8,000 and $10,000 per car, according to the agency.
The vetting process will last months and the cars are strictly “as is.”
“We want to have some of these old BART cars, some of which have been carrying passengers for almost 50 years, have a second life,” said Allison.
Applications for proposal pre-qualification can be found at the BART website. Applications must be submitted by March 12 at 5 p.m.MORE NEWS: VIDEO: Restaurant Worker Robbed At Gunpoint In San Pablo; Suspect Arrested, Gunman Sought
Final awards of proposal are expected to be delivered in December. The cars would then be delivered to their new owners in the first quarter of 2022.