New BART cars delayed again

Sen. Glazer: 'Not a surprise'

Thursday, November 02, 2017

BART pulling into a station

Oakland, Calif. (KTVU/Candice Nguyen) -- BART's new “Fleet of the Future” was supposed to be the biggest public transit remedy seen in years to address the Bay Area gridlock. Instead, 2 Investigates discovered that the multi-billion dollar project -- described as a “slow motion train wreck” by one lawmaker -- is facing more delays, missed deadlines, and undelivered promises by Canadian supplier Bombardier.

BART signed a $1.5 billion contract with Bombardier in 2012. With added costs and amendments, the entire project is slated at $2.5 billion in taxpayer money.

Critics say the problems in New York and Toronto are just the tip of the iceberg, and BART should have seen the writing on the wall with Bombardier before agreeing to a hefty deal. 2 Investigates discovered multiple transit agencies around the world also reported issues with rail car delivery delays from Bombardier, including those in London, Phoenix, Switzerland, and Queensland, Australia.

“When [BART] signed that contract with Bombardier in 2012, it was a company that had financial issues and inabilities to deliver product on time back then,” said State Senator Steve Glazer, a frequent BART critic. “The fact that we’re experiencing delays is not a surprise to me, not a surprise to people who’ve been watching BART and the management over the years.”