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| 1936 || November 12 || Highway transportation || The [[w:San Francisco–Oakland Bay Bridge|San Francisco–Oakland Bay Bridge]] opens for traffic, three years after construction began on July 8, 1933.<ref name="Two Bay Area Bridges">{{cite web|title=Two Bay Area Bridges |publisher=U.S. Department of Transportation |date=January 18, 2005 |url=http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/infrastructure/2bridges.htm |accessdate=June 13, 2008 |archiveurl=http://www.webcitation.org/5tv15npMH?url=http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/infrastructure/2bridges.htm |archivedate=November 1, 2010 |deadurl=no |df= }}</ref> || Transbay Tube
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| 1945 || || Organization || The San Francisco Bay Region Council is created by California's State Reconstruction and Re-Employment Commission.<ref name=urban-elites>{{cite web|url=https://books.google.com/books?id=-uX_AwAAQBAJ|title = Urban Elites and Mass Transportation: The Dialectics of Power, Page 42|author = J. Allen Whitt}}</ref>{{rp|42}} Although funded by the state in its first year, the council incorporates as a private nonprofit organization, and changes its name to the [[w:Bay Area Council|Bay Area Council]]. Initial supporters of the now private BAC include [[w:Bank of America|Bank of America]], [[w:American Trust Company|American Trust Company]], [[w:Standard Oil|Standard Oil of California]], [[w:Pacific Gas & Electric|Pacific Gas & Electric]], [[w:U.S. Steel|U.S. Steel]], and [[w:Bechtel Corporation|Bechtel Corporation]]. In subsequent years, BAC would be influential in pushing for transportation changes in the San Francisco Bay Area, including enhancements to the bridges as well as the creation of BART. ||
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| 1946 || || Acquisition || The [[w:Key System Trasit Company|Key System Trasit Company]], a private operator of electric trollies in the Bay Area, is acquired by National City Lines, a company representing automobile and bus interests, that wishes to eliminate electric trollies from the streets.<ref name=urban-elites/>{{rp|45}} The removal of a key alternative provider of mass transit would pave the way for mass transit solutions such as BART. ||
| 1953 || November 4 || Legislation || The California state legislature passes another statute, appropriating $400,000 to enable the Rapid Transit Commission to make preliminary studies for the development of a coordinated master plan. The statute provides that the amount appropriated by the state is to be spent only if the nine counties appropriate an additional $350,000. This condition is fulfilled on November 4.<ref name=clr/> ||
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| 1953 || November 12 || Report || Parsons, Brinckerhoff, Hall and Macdonald (PBHM) are commissioned for the study for which $750,000 was appropriated on November 4.<ref name=clr/><ref name=urban-elites/>{{rp|52}} ||
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| 1955 || || Report || The Senate Interim Committee on the San Francisco Bay Area Metropolitan Rapid Transit Problems issues a report saying that the general transit situation in the Bay Area has deterioriated. Based on counts of the number of people who commute to work, it concludes that the Bay Area is a single economic unit and is in urgent need of a mass transit system.<ref name=clr/> ||
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| 1955 || || Legislation || The California state legislature extends the lifetime of the Rapid Transit Commission (that was created in 1951 and scheduled to end in 1955) to 1957, and allowing any unallocated portion of the previously appropriated $750,000 to be used for publicity of the Bay Area's transit problems.<ref name=clr/> ||
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| 1956 || January || Report || Parsons, Brinckerhoff, Hall and Macdonald (PBHM) present a report, ''Regional Rapid Transit'' (RRT) to the San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit Commission, that was commissioned in November 1953. This report is the first planning document for BART and would be the starting point for further reports.<ref name=clr/><ref name=urban-elites/>{{rp|52}} ||
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| 1957 || || Highway transportation || A number of citizens' groups protest freeway construction in San Francisco starting around this time, beginning with the Embarcadero Freeway. This leads to increased interest in mass rapid transit as an alternative.<ref name=urban-elites/>{{rp|48}} ||
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| 1957 || March (legislation), June 4 (creation of the District) || Legislation || Based on the findings of the San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit Commission, the San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit District (BARTD) is formed by the [[w:California|California]] state legislature, comprising the counties of Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, San Francisco, and San Mateo. Santa Clara county is not included.<ref name=bart-concept-born>{{cite web|url = http://www.bart.gov/about/history/history|title = A History of BART: The Concept is Born|accessdate = May 28, 2017|publisher = [[w:Bay Area Rapid Transit|BART]]}}</ref><ref name=divided-loyalties>{{cite web|url = https://books.google.com/books?id=NsRgNh35XPEC|title = Divided Loyalties: Whistle-blowing at BART|author = Robert Morris Anderson}}</ref>{{rp|25}} The draft bill had been the subject of public hearings in November 1956, been revised and introduced in January 1957, had another public hearing on February 20, and finally passes when the legislature reconvenes in March.<ref name=clr/> ||
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| 1957 || November 14 || Meeting || The first meeting of the Board of Directors of the San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit District occurs.<ref name=clr/> ||
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| 1957 || December 16 || Report || The final report of the Rapid Transit Commission is submitted to the California state legislature.<ref name=clr/> ||
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| 1958 || || Team || Billy Richard Stokes (stylized {{w|B. R. Stokes}}), a former ''[[w:Oakland Tribune|Oakland Tribune]]'' newsman, joins the Bay Area Rapid Transit District as its first employee, with the title of Director of information.<ref name=stokes-obit>{{cite web|url = https://www.bart.gov/news/articles/2013/news20130517|title = BART's first employee, former General Manager B. R. Stokes, passes away|last = Healy|first = Michael|publisher = [[w:Bay Area Rapid Transit|Bay Area Rapid Transit]]}}</ref><ref name=clr/> Stokes starts a carefully orchestrated publicity campaign, with the goal of convincing voters to vote favorably for upcoming BART bond measures.<ref name=clr/> ||
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| 1958 || || Team || John Pierce, a former executive of the [[w:Western Oil and Gas Association|Western Oil and Gas Association]] (WOGA) becomes the first General Manager of BART.<ref name=stokes-obit/><ref name=counterpunch>{{cite web|url = http://www.counterpunch.org/2013/10/11/backing-bart-against-its-workers/|title = Backing BART Against Its Workers|last = Bond-Graham|first = Darwin|date = October 11, 2013|accessdate = June 3, 2017|publisher = ''[[w:CounterPunch|CounterPunch]]''}}</ref> ||
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| 1959 || May 14 || Work contracts || BART retains the services of the joint engineering venture composed of Parsons, Brinckerhoff, Hall and Macdonald, Tudor Engineering, and the Bechtel Corporation to develop a regional plan.<ref name=divided-loyalties/>{{rp|54}} ||
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| 1959 || || Financing plan || A bill is passed in the California state legislature providing for financing of what would later become the [[w:Transbay Tube|Transbay Tube]] through surplus toll revenues from the [[w:San Francisco–Oakland Bay Bridge|San Francisco–Oakland Bay Bridge]].<ref name=clr/> ||
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| 1961 || || System plan || A final plan is sent to the boards of supervisors of the five counties. The system would have three endpoints in the East Bay: Concord, Richmond, and Fremont; one in the Northwest at Novato, and one in the South Bay at Palo Alto.<ref name=bart-concept-born/> ||
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| 1962 || April || County coordination || San Mateo County opts out of BART, citing high costs, existing service provided by Southern Pacific commuter trains, and concerns over shoppers going to San Francisco, hurting local businesses. The withdrawal of San Mateo County leads to Daly City (just at the border between the counties) as the southwest terminus.<ref name=bart-concept-born/> ||
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| 1962 || May || County coordination || Following the withdrawal of San Mateo County, Marin County also withdraws, citing engineering objections and the potential for not getting enough votes. This leads to cancellation of the plans for a northwest terminus and the Geary Subway section of the system.<ref name=bart-concept-born/> ||
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| 1962 || May || Report || The ''Composite Report'' (CR) is produced by the consortium of Parsons, Brinckerhoff, Hall and Macdonald, Tudor Engineering hired by BARTD in 1959.<ref name=urban-elites/>{{rp|54}} Among the key expectations/predictions of the report are: 1) BART would divert 48,000 workday autos from the streets and highways by 1975, and 2) 258,500 daily passengers would be riding BART in 1975; 157,400 (61%) diverted from automobiles and 39% diverted from existing transit systems.<ref name=bart-experience-uctc/> ||
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| 1962 || November 6 || County coordination || The remaining three counties (Alameda, Contra Costa, and San Francisco) agree to the modified BART plan with a $792 million bond measure, with terminuses at Richmond, Concord, Fremont, and Daly City.<ref name=bart-40-years/><ref name=bart-concept-born/> The measure, known as Proposition A on the three-county ballot, is able to pass due to two changes engineered by Alan K. Browne of the Bank of America: (a) getting the state legislature to reduce the needed BART vote from 66.67% (the default) to 60%, and (b) allowing for the requirement of crossing the vote threshold to be applied to all votes together, rather than county-by-county. Without both these changes, the measure would not have passed.<ref name=urban-elites/>{{rp|59}} Supporters of the measure organize a campaign committee called Citizens for Rapid Transit, whose top members are San Francisco bankers.<ref name=urban-elites/>{{rp|59}} In contrast, there is no organized opposition. Opponents include the Civil League of Improvement and Associations that opposes the taxes needed, the Central Council of Civic Clubs and the San Francisco Labor Council that have more specific objections, and some automobile and older railroad companies, though these companies do not spend resources on opposing the bond measure. ||
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| 1962 || November 29 || Work contracts || BART signs a new contract with the successors to the firms it had contracted with to come up with a design for the system. The new contract is for overall system planning through research and development, design, and management of construction. The contract is with the engineering joint venture firm composed of Parsons, Brinckerhoff, Quade, and Douglas (the successor to Parsons, Brinckerhoff, Hall, and MacDonald), Tudor and Bechtel. In short, the joint venture to which the work is contracted is called PBTB.<ref name="Ethics Center"/><ref name=bart-begins/> ||
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| 1962/1963 || || Lawsuit || Robert L. Osborne, an Oakland city councilman and East Bay manufacturer, files a lawsuit against BARTD arguing that fixed rail is obsolete, that BART stations would be too far apart to encourage riders, that better and more efficient transit systems were rejected by BARTD, that the ultimate cost would exceed the $792 million approved, that BARTD's contract with PBTB is open-ended and illegal and based on nepotism, and that an illegal, close working relationship exists between the Citizens for Rapid Transit Committee and BART public officials.<ref name=clr/> The court first eliminates some of the allegations, then after hearing the plaintiff's case at trial the court rules against the plaintiff.<ref name=clr/> Many of these allegations would later prove true.<ref name=urban-elites/>{{rp|63}}<ref name=clr/> ||
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| 1963 || || Team || B. R. Stokes, who was BART's first employee serving as BART's Director of Information, becomes the General Manager of BART.<ref name=stokes-obit/>
| 1966 || January 24 || Construction || Construction of the Oakland subway part of BART, including the Oakland Wye (the part of BART in Oakland that is underground), begins.<ref name=bart-40-years/><ref name=bart-begins/> || Oakland Wye; stations of 19th Street, 12th Street, Lake Merritt
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| 1966 || August || || PBTB issues its specification for the work required to design and provide the [[w:automatic train control|automatic train control]] (ATC) system.<ref name=engineering-ethics/>{{rp|123}} ||
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| 1966 || October || Construction, Referendum || Since 1965, the government of the city of [[w:Berkeley, California|Berkeley]] had been pressing BART to construct the Berkeley portion of the BART underground (instead of elevated), and said it is willing to pay the additional construction costs. The city government is concerned that an elevated track would reduce connectivity between the black population of South Berkeley and the rest of the city, and reduce prices in the area. Due to disputes between Berkeley city engineers and BART engineers about the magnitude of additional costs, competitive bidding is opened up both for underground and elevated construction, and the city of Berkeley decides, after seeing the difference between the bids, to pay extra for underground construction. A referendum is held in October 1966, where the residents of Berkeley overwhelmingly vote in favor of underground construction and the corresponding tax increase (with 83% in favor, compared to the 75% that city officials were hoping for).<ref name=clr/> BART's website claims that this led to a 2.5-year delay in construction, $18 million in additional costs, and a 17-month delay in starting Ashby station construction.<ref name=bart-begins/> || Ashby, Berkeley, North Berkeley (stations in Berkeley)
| 1966 || November || Construction || Construction on the [[w:Transbay Tube|Transbay Tube]] begins, as the first of 57 giant steel and concrete sections of the 3.8-mile tube is lowered to the bottom of the Bay by a small navy of construction barges and boats.<ref name=bart-begins/> || Transbay Tube
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| 1967 || || Report || In response to criticism by the [[w:California Society of Professional Engineers|California Society of Professional Engineers]] (CSPE), the [[w:National Society of Professional Engineers|National Society of Professional Engineers]] (NSPE) Board of Ethical Review reviews the case. The Opinions are published as Case No. 66-1 in Vol. 2, 1967. The Opinion concludes that it is ''not'' appropriate to issue criticism of the fee arrangements in the manner that CSPE did.<ref name=divided-loyalties/>{{rp|97}} ||
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| 1967 || February || Construction || The boring of the Berkeley Hills Tunnel is completed.<ref name=bart-begins/> || Berkeley Hills Tunnel
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| 1967 || May || Work contracts || The contract for the operation of BART's [[w:automatic train control|automatic train control]] (ATC) system is won by [[w:Westinghouse Electric Corporation|Westinghouse]] for $26.1 million, as it is the lowest bidder, $3 million below the second lowest bidder. The other bidders for the contract are General Railway Signal Company, Philco-Ford Company, General Electric Company, and Westinghouse Air Brake Company.<ref name=bart-begins/><ref name="Ethics Center">{{cite web | url = http://www.onlineethics.org/Topics/ProfPractice/Exemplars/AwardWinners/BARTcase.aspx |author= Stephen Unger |title= The BART Case |publisher= The Online Ethics Center for engineering and science |date= April 29, 2010 | accessdate = March 15, 2017 }}</ref> ||
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| 1967 || July 25 || Construction || Construction for BART tracks along the [[w:Market Street Subway|Market Street Subway]] in San Francisco commences. The construction is carried out using [[w:cut-and-cover|cut-and-cover]].<ref name=sfgate-blog>{{cite web|url = http://blog.sfgate.com/parenting/2011/05/19/the-birth-of-bart-photos-from-the-1960s-and-70s/|title =The birth of BART: Photos from the 1960s and 70s|last = Hartlaub|first = Peter|date = May 19, 2011|accessdate = June 13, 2017|publisher = SFGate}}</ref><ref name=bart-40-years>{{cite web|url = https://www.bart.gov/sites/default/files/40thFactsheet_v1.pdf|title = Forty BART Achievements Over the Years|accessdate = June 14, 2017|publisher = Bay Area Rapid Transit}}</ref> || Market Street Subway; stations include downtown San Francisco stations of [[w:Embarcadero station|Embarcadero]], [[w:Montgomery Street station|Montgomery]], [[w:Powell Street station|Powell Street]], and [[w:Civic Center/UN Plaza station|Civic Center]]
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| 1968 || || Work contracts || [[w:IBM|IBM]] wins a $5 million contract to design BART's fare ticket collection machines.<ref name=bart-rescued/> ||
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| 1969 || April 3 || Construction || The final section of the [[w:Transbay Tube|Transbay Tube]] is laid out (it has not yet been fitted for use by trains).<ref name=Lodi69-2>{{cite news |url=https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=vuAzAAAAIBAJ&sjid=VzIHAAAAIBAJ&pg=3681%2C7454411 |title=BART Tunnel Completion Moves Near |author=<!--Staff writer(s); no by-line.--> |agency=UPI |date=31 March 1969 |newspaper=Lodi News-Sentinel |accessdate=20 August 2016}}</ref> || Transbay Tube
| 1969 || April || Legislation || After three years of debate, the California state legislature approves BARTD's request for $150 million in funds, by levying a 0.5% sales tax in the BART counties.<ref name=bart-begins/><ref name=stokes-obit/>
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| 1969 || July || Train cars || The contract for making BART's electric train cars is won by Rohr Industries, Inc. of Chula Vista, California. The initial contract is for 250 train cars, at a cost of $80 million.<ref name=bart-begins/><ref name=bart-rescued/> ||
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| 1969 || August || Construction || The Transbay Tube construction is completed.<ref name=bart-40-years/> || Transbay Tube
| 1969 || November 9 || Preview || A section of the Transbay Tube is opened for pedestrian traffic, prior to being fitted out for train use.<ref>{{cite news |url=https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=fnwzAAAAIBAJ&sjid=4DIHAAAAIBAJ&pg=7115%2C3602744 |title=BART Tube Is Opened For Sunday Visitors |author=<!--Staff writer(s); no by-line.--> |agency=UPI |newspaper=Lodi News-Sentinel |date=10 November 1969 |accessdate=20 August 2016}}</ref> || Transbay Tube
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| 1970 || August || Train cars || The first prototype BART train car is delivered by Rohr Industries, Inc.<ref name=bart-rescued/> ||
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| 1970 || || Legislation || The California state legislature creates the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC).<ref name=mtc-history/> The MTC works closely with the California Department of Transportation and is the public governmental agency responsible for planning, financing, and coordinating transportation for the nine-county San Francisco Bay Area; BART falls under its purview.<ref name=mtc-what>{{cite web|url = http://mtc.ca.gov/about-mtc/what-mtc|title = What Is MTC?|publisher = [[w:Metropolitan Transportation Commission|Metropolitan Transportation Commission]]|accessdate = June 14, 2017}}</ref> The nine counties include the three BART counties (Alameda, Contra Costa, and San Francisco) and six others (Marin, Napa, San Mateo (that is touched by BART but is not a BART county), Santa Calara, Solano, and Sonoma).<ref name=mtc-counties>{{cite web|url = http://mtc.ca.gov/about-mtc/what-mtc/nine-bay-area-counties|title = Nine Bay Area Counties|publisher = [[w:Metropolitan Transportation Commission|Metropolitan Transportation Commission]]|accessdate = June 14, 2017}}</ref> The Commission would hold its first meeting in February 1971.<ref name=mtc-history>{{cite web|url = http://mtc.ca.gov/about-mtc/what-mtc/mtc-history|title = MTC History|publisher = [[w:Metropolitan Transportation Commission|Metropolital Transportation Commission]]|accessdate = June 14, 2017}}</ref><ref name=bart-impact-program-final-report/>
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| 1971 || early year || Train cars, system testing || The ten test prototype train cars delivered so far are being operated round-the-clock around the Fremont line, to prove out the new design before full-scale production.<ref name=bart-rescued/> ||
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| 1971 || January 27 || Construction || Construction of the two-level Market Street Subway is completed, with a final tunnel bore holed through Montgomery Street Station.<ref name=bart-begins/> || Market Street Subway; stations include downtown San Francisco stations of Embarcadero, Montgomery, Powell Street, and Civic Center
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| 1971 || September || Report || The [[w:Battelle Memorial Institute|Battelle Memorial Institute]] publishes a report on BART, pointing out that the automatic train control (ATC) system would suffer from a train detection problem.<ref name=engineering-ethics/>{{rp|136}} ||
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| 1971 || October || Fare collection || IBM demonstrates the first group of prototype fare collection machines to the BARTD Board of Directors. The machines are manufactured at IBM's San Jose plant.<ref name=bart-rescued/>
| 1971 || November 5 || Train cars || The first production car for revenue service is delivered.<ref name=bart-40-years/> Note that SFGate reports the date as June 27, 1965, but this seems incorrect based on the rest of the timeline.<ref name=sfgate-blog/> ||
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| 1971 || December || || The BART District Board adopts the official inter-station fare schedule, ranging from a 30 cent minimum to a $1.25 maximum fare.<ref name=bart-rescued/> ||
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| 1971 || December || System testing || During system testing, BART has a collision between a moving train and a stationary train. Despite concerns from the board of directors, BART management dismisses the problem as not serious.<ref name=engineering-ethics/>{{rp|135}} ||
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| 1972 || January || || The BART District Board approves 75% fare discounts for patrons above 65 years for patrons over 65 and patrons under 13, with discount tickets to be sold through local bank branches instead of at BART stations.<ref name=bart-rescued/> ||
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| 1972 || January || System testing || BART begins total acceptance testing of its entire system. Max Blankenzee, one of the three engineers who would be fired from BART in March, argues against starting total acceptance testing when the subsystems have not been fully tested.<ref name=engineering-ethics/>{{rp|129}} ||
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| 1972 || February and March || Controversy || Three engineers working for BART, Max Blankenzee, Robert Bruder, and Holger Hjortsvang, had identified safety problems with the [[w:Automated Train Control|Automated Train Control]] (ATC).<ref name=engineering-ethics/> They contact Daniel Helix, mayor of Concord and a member of the BART board of directors, who raises the matter with the board, and goes public with the issues on Febrary 7-9. On February 24 or 25, at a public meeting of BART, the issues are raised. The board votes ten to two in support of BART management.<ref name="Ethics Center"/><ref name=engineering-ethics/>{{rp|118}} On March 3, BART, having determined the identities of the three whistleblowing engineers, gives them the option of resigning or being fired. After they refuse to resign, they are all fired.<ref name="Ethics Center"/> ||
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| 1972 || September 11 || Service start || BART opens service. Initial service is between the stations of MacArthur and Fremont (completely in the East Bay). Iinitial service is on weekdays only, and comprises eight trains, each of which is two or three cars long.<ref name=sfgate-blog/><ref name=bart-40-years/><ref name=bart-rescued/> || MacArthur, 19th Street, 12th Street, Lake Merritt, Fruitvale, Coliseum, San Leandro, Bay Fair, Hayward, South Hayward, Union City, and Fremont
| 1972 || || Report || BART conducts studies of the feasibility of the following extensions: Daly City to San Francisco International Airport, Coliseum to Oakland International Airport, Concord to the Pittsburg-Antioch area, and Bay Fair (on the Fremont line) to the Livermore-Pleasanton area.<ref name=bart-rescued/> || Daly City, Colma, South San Francisco, San Bruno, San Francisco International Airport, Oakland International Airport, North Concord/Martinez, Pittsburg/Bay Point, Castro Valley, West Dublin/Pleasanton, Dublin/Pleasanton (and other stations still being considered)
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| 1972 (continuing till 1974) || || Controversy, Safety|| Concerned by the controversy surrounding the engineers who raised safety concerns with BART, California's legislative analyst [[w:A. Alan Post|A. Alan Post]] commissions [[w:Bill Wattenburg|Bill Wattenburg]] to review problems with BART. Wattenburg identifies a number of potential flaws with the method BART uses to track trains, and provides suggestions to improve the system, albeit in a combative fashion that generates a lot of publicity (including ''[[w:San Francisco Chronicle|San Francisco Chronicle]]'' coverage) but is not well-received by BART.<ref name="Dr. Wattenburg2">{{cite web | url = http://www.pushback.com/Wattenburg/bio/BART.html |author= Peter Sheerin |title= Bill Wattenburg’s Background: BART—Bay Area Rapid Transit System |date= October 1, 1990 | accessdate = March 15, 2017 }}</ref><ref name="Dr. Wattenburg3">{{cite web | url = http://www.wattenburg.us/12-01-72,%20MAIN%20Testimony%20on%20BART,%20WHW%20pg1-12%20%281%29.pdf |author= Dr. W.H. Wattenburg |title= The BART Train Control Game|date= December 1, 1972 | accessdate = March 15, 2017 }}</ref> Wattenburg continues highlighting the flaws and potential solutions till as late as 1974.<ref name=bart-countdown-to-sf>{{cite web|url = https://archive.org/details/csth_000013|title = BART: Countdown to San Francisco|publisher = Commonwealth Club of California|date = February 15, 1974|accessdate = June 14, 2017}}</ref> ||
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| 1972 || October 2 || Accident || A failure of the Automated Train Control (ATC) system at BART causes an accident at [[w:Fremont station (BART)|Fremont station]] called the ''Fremont flyer'', where a train runs off the end of the elevated track and crashes to the ground at the parking lot. Four people are injured.<ref name="nytimes Dec1972">{{cite web | url = http://www.nytimes.com/1972/12/10/archives/troubles-beset-transit-system-in-san-francisco-bay-area.html |title= Troubles Beset Transit System in San Francisco Bay Area |publisher = [[w:New York Times|New York Times]]''|date= December 9, 1972 | accessdate = March 15, 2017 }}</ref><ref>{{cite web|url = https://www.flickr.com/photos/walkingsf/8143196966|title = Derailed BART train (1972)|last = Fischer|first = Eric|date = October 2, 1972|accessdate = June 3, 2017|publisher = [[w:Flickr|Flickr]]}}</ref>
| 1974 || October || Vehicles and devices on BART || BART temporarily authorizes bicycles on BART, with folding bikes allowed at all times and standard-size bikes allowed outside of rush hours. There is a limit of 5 bicycles per train, all bicycles must be in the rear of the last car, and anybody using a bicycle needs to have a permit (permits are issued for 3-year periods). The policies would become permanent in December 1975.<ref name=bart-bapp/>{{rp|1-1}}
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| 1974 || November 5 || Team || A nine-member elected Board of Directors replaces the previous appointed Board.<ref name=bart-40-years/> The leadership of BART changes considerably, as voters are dissatisfied with the previous board members. ||
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| 1975 || July 30 || Train cars || Rohr Industries, Inc. completes the delivery of the 450 train cars it was contracted to make for BART (the original contract for 250 cars for $80 million was entered into in July 1969, and an additional 200 cars were contracted later, for another $80 million). 64% of the $160 million base cost is funded through federal transit funds.<ref name=bart-rescued>{{cite web|url = https://www.bart.gov/about/history/history3|title = A History of BART: The Project is Rescued|accessdate = June 15, 2017|publisher = [[w:Bay Area Rapid Transit|Bay Area Rapid Transit]]}}</ref> ||
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| 1975 || May 26 || Legislation || The California Senate amends the California Public Utilities Code by adding (or updating?) Section 29047. The new Section 29047 says that the Bay Area Rapid Transit District is subject to regulations of the [[w:California Public Utilities Commission|California Public Utilities Commission]], and must reimburse the California Public Utilities Commission for the cost of regulating it.<ref>{{Cite web|url = https://books.google.com/books?id=bXjj5Wi-RYEC&pg=PA3980&lpg=PA3980&dq=section+29047+of+the+california+public+utilities+code&source=bl&ots=T_8hzIdkig&sig=Ech2rQaL40ZL_kEOurDMFKzXnCI&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwj6g53X-77UAhUDwWMKHXIxDt8Q6AEIOTAE#v=onepage&q=section%2029047%20of%20the%20california%20public%20utilities%20code&f=false|title = Journal of the Senate, Legislature of the State of California, Page 3980|accessdate = June 14, 2017|date = May 26, 1975}}</ref><ref name=ota-atc-rrt/> ||
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| 1975 || July 1 || Fares || BART adopts a 75% fare discount for people with disabilities, and increases the discount for seniors from 75% to 90%.<ref name=bart-40-years/> ||
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| 1976 || January 1 || Service hours/frequency/capacity || Permanent night service goes into effect. Hours of operations are extended to 6 AM to midnight (only weekdays).<ref name=bart-40-years/> This is after night service was introduced on a temporary basis in November 1975.<ref name=bart-first-5>{{cite web|url = https://archive.org/stream/bartsfirstfivey1979sher_0/bartsfirstfivey1979sher_0_djvu.txt|title = BART's first five years : transportation and travel impacts : interpretive summary of the final report|accessdate = June 14, 2017}}</ref> Previously, the hours of service were 6 AM to 8 PM.<ref name=bart-first-5/> ||
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| 1976 || May || Report || The [[w:Office of Technology Assessment|Office of Technology Assessment]] (OTA) produces a report on the use of [[w:automatic train control|automatic train control]] (ATC) in rail rapid transit. BART is one of the five rapid transit systems studied. The only other transit system that uses ATC extensively at the time is the [[w:PATCO Speedline#Extension to Lindelwold|PATCO Lindelwold line]], which is also studied. The other transit systems included in the study are those of [[w:Chicago|Chicago]] [[w:New York City|New York City]], and [[w:Boston|Boston]].<ref name=ota-atc-rrt/> ||
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| 1976 || May 27 || New stations || BART opens its Embarcadero station, its first infill station. This would become BART's busiest station.<ref name=bart-40-years/> || Embarcadero
| 1976 || October || Report || A monograph titled ''The BART Experience -- What Have We Learned?'' by Melvin M. Webber, and supported jointly by the Institute of Transportation Studies and the Institute of Urban and Regional Development, University of California, Berkeley, is published.<ref name=bart-experience-uctc>{{cite web|url = http://uctc.berkeley.edu/mwebber/TheBARTExperience.pdf|title = The BART Experience -- What Have We Learned?|last = Webber|first = Melvin|publisher = Institute of Urban and Regional Development and Institute of Transportation Studies, University of California, Berkeley|date = October 1, 1976|accessdate = June 14, 2017}}</ref> The report includes: design considerations, patronage, effect on highway traffic, effect on metropolitan development, and various aspects of the finances. Findings from the report would be echoed in later reports.<ref name=bart-first-5/><br/>The report argues that BART failed to meet its patronage projections by a huge margin, part of which is due to BART having lower capacity (shorter train cars, fewer hours of service, low service frequency) and poorer service reliability compared to expectations.<br/>In terms of ridership, the report finds that BART primarily displaces transbay bus transit, compared to which BART is faster but more expensive (both in direct fare terms and in terms of subsidies). BART does not displace local, short-trip, transit.<br/>BART's effect on reducing highway congestion is lower than expected, and the report attributes this to BART being slower and less convenient than automobiles, and not clearly cheaper. Only 35% of BART riders report that they would have used an automobile instead of BART, compared to the prediction of 61% in the 1962 Composite Report. Key reasons people use BART include not owning a vehicle and wanting to avoid the higher stress of a driving commute.<br/>Initial reductions in highway traffic after the opening of BART routes (the Berkeley Hills Tunnel, the Transbay Tube, and BART lines that parallel freeways) did not last long, with rapid recovery to original levels.
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| 1976 || December 6 || Service hours/frequency/capacity || BART increases commute-hour length on all trains, going up to ten-car trains, with a seating capacity of 720.<ref name=bart-40-years/> ||
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| 1977 || November || Service hours/frequency/capacity || BART begins Saturday service (6 AM to midnight).<ref name=bart-first-5/> ||
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| 1978 || June 30 || Economics || BART's farebox recovery ratio is reported at 35%, with an average of $0.73 collected in fares and $2.02 spent per passenger. In total, revenue from fares is $28 million and operating cost is $78 million. The shortfall is met through a portion of sales tax and property tax in the three counties where BART is operational.<ref name=bart-first-5/> ||
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| 1978 || July || Service hours/frequency/capacity || BART begins Sunday service (9 AM to midnight), thus making it available all days of the week.<ref name=bart-first-5/> ||
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| 1978 || November 3 || Report || The report ''BART's first five years : transportation and travel impacts : interpretive summary of the final report'' is published. This is part of the BART Impact Program, sponsored by the Department of Transportation and the Department of Housing and Urban Development.<ref name=bart-first-5/> This echoes many of the findings of the October 1976 Webber monograph, while also mentioning recent service capacity enhancements and more up-to-date financials.<ref name=bart-experience-uctc/> ||
| 1985 || || Report || The Daly City Intermodal Study proposes a $14 million of access, circulation and parking improvements to the Daly City BART station, including the construction of a park-and-ride lot south of the Daly City BART with a connecting bus service.<ref name=colma-feir/>{{rp|18}} The improvements would be completed in 1989. || Daly City
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| 1986 || July 30 || Safety, Train cars || BART completes a fire-hardening program on all its transit vehicles, and claims that with the completion of the program, it has the most fire-safe transit vehicles in the United States.<ref name=bart-40-years/> ||
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| 1987 || || || Train cars || {{w|Alstom}} begins construction of C1 cars, a new type of train car, for BART. C1 cars, unlike the existing A and B cars, can be used both as middle cars and as end cars, allowing for more rapid resizing of train length.<ref name=bart-car-ills>{{cite news |url = http://nl.newsbank.com/nl-search/we/Archives?p_product=SJ&s_site=mercurynews&p_multi=SJ&p_theme=realcities&p_action=search&p_maxdocs=200&p_topdoc=1&p_text_direct-0=0EB731C25CCAA9D1&p_field_direct-0=document_id&p_perpage=10&p_sort=YMD_date:D&s_trackval=GooglePM |title = BART Car ills |newspaper=San Jose Mercury News |date=February 23, 1990 |accessdate=August 23, 2009 |via=Newsbank.com}}</ref> For more, see {{w|Bay Area Rapid Transit rolling stock#C series}}.||
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| 1988 || || || Train cars || The C1 cars constructed by Alstom begin to enter service.<ref name=bart-why-new-cars>{{cite web|url = https://www.bart.gov/about/projects/cars/why-new-cars|title = Why New Cars|accessdate = June 27, 2018|publisher = Bay Area Rapid Transit}}</ref>
| 1989 || || Train cars || The construction of C1 train cars by Alstom is completed.<ref name=bart-car-ills/> For more, see {{w|Bay Area Rapid Transit rolling stock#C series}}.
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| 1989 || || Construction || The improvements proposed in the 1985 Daly City Intermodal Study, including improvements to access, circulation, and parking, pedestrian access, and new park-and-ride facilities, are completed.<ref name=colma-feir/>{{rp|19}} ||
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| 1989 || October 17 || Highway transportation shutdown || The [[w:Loma Prieta earthquake|Loma Prieta earthquake]] causes severe damage to the [[w:San Francisco–Oakland Bay Bridge|San Francisco–Oakland Bay Bridge]],<ref>{{cite news|title=The California Quake: The Bay Bridge; Damage to Link Across Bay Is More Serious Than Thought|url=https://www.nytimes.com/1989/10/20/us/california-quake-bay-bridge-damage-link-across-bay-more-serious-than-thought.html|author=The New York Times|date=October 20, 1989|newspaper=[[w:New York Times|The New York Times]]}}</ref> causing it to close for a month (it reopens on November 17 or 18, 1989).<ref name=SFMuseum>[http://www.sfmuseum.net/alm/quakes3.html#1989 San Francisco Earthquake History 1915–1989.] {{webarchive|url=https://web.archive.org/web/20160304002551/http://www.sfmuseum.net/alm/quakes3.html |date=March 4, 2016 }} Retrieved August 29, 2009.</ref> During the time of its closure, BART ridership soars as Bay Bridge commuters turn to BART, with ridership reaching a record high of 357,135 on November 16, just before the Bay Bridge reopens.<ref name=bart-40-years/> || Transbay Tube, effect on transbay travel
| 1991 || December 12 || Transit connections || Amtrak launches a new route, the [[w:Capitol Corridor|Capitol Corridor]], with initial name ''Capitols''. The route runs from San Jose to Sacramento, respectively the former and current capital of California. The train stops at Richmond, where passengers can transfer between Amtrak and BART. The part of the route south of Richmond runs along Amtrak tracks that are roughly parallel to and 1–2 miles west of the BART route from Richmond to Fremont.<ref name="lodi">{{cite news | url=https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=WZczAAAAIBAJ&sjid=HTIHAAAAIBAJ&pg=5076,5355820 | title=Train links Sacramento, Bay Area | newspaper=[[Lodi News-Sentinel]] | date=December 12, 1991 | accessdate=2012-08-05}}</ref> || Richmond
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| 1993 || || Fare collection || BART announces a project with [[w:County Connection|County Connection]], a bus service in the Concord area, to introduce Translink, a single fare card that can be operated across the two systems.<ref name="1995 Translink-end">{{cite news|last=Fimrite|first=Peter|title=Coding Problems To Derail BART's Translink Program|url=http://www.sfgate.com/news/article/Coding-Problems-To-Derail-BART-s-Translink-Program-3019725.php|accessdate=June 19, 2017|newspaper=San Francisco Chronicle|date=November 15, 1995}}</ref> ||
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| 1994 || || Train cars || C2 train cars constructed for BART by {{w|Morrison-Knudsen}} enter service. Like the C1 cars constructed by Alstom, these train cars have the flexibility of being used both as middle and end cars, allowing for rapid train resizing.<ref name=bart-why-new-cars/>
| 1994 || July to September || Labor dispute || BART union members threaten to strike, but the strike is prevented through a 30-day cooling-off period in July. Prolonged negotiations between management and unions lead to an agreement in late September.<ref name="03Sep94Chron">Kevin Fagan, "BART Chief Says Union is Wrong," ''San Francisco Chronicle'', September 13, 1994, page A15.</ref> The handling of the negotiations by SEIU Local 790 director Paul Varacalli would be met with mixed responses from BART workers, with some praise for him getting a good deal for workers, and some criticism for major givebacks to BART management.<ref>{{{cite web|url = http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/Struggle-for-the-Heart-of-a-Union-Aides-put-3033008.php|title = Struggle for the Heart of a Union / Aides put service employees chief on trial over power, money|last = DelVecchio|first = Rick|date = May 11, 1995|accessdate = August 22, 2017|publisher = ''San Francisco Chronicle''}}</ref>
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| 1994 || August 31 || Train cars || The first of a new generation of transit cars arrives at the Hayward maintenance facility. The transit car is part of an 80-car order.<ref name=bart-40-years/> ||
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| 1995 || || Train cars || BART contracts with ADTranz, a subsidiary of Mercedes Benz (and later acquierd by Bombardier Corporation) to replace the brown seats in train cars with polyurethane cusioning.<ref name=bart-vinyl-seats>{{cite web|url = https://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/11/18/vinyl-bart-seats-to-replace-carpeting_n_1101843.html|title = Vinyl BART Seats To Send Infamous Carpeting To The Scrap Heap|last = Sankin|first = Aaron|date = November 18, 2011|accessdate = July 27, 2018|publisher = ''Huffington Post''}}</ref>
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| 1995 || November 15 || Fare collection || BART and County Connection abandon Translink, their smart fare collection program, due to high costs.<ref name="1995 Translink-end"/> ||
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| 1995 || December 16 || New stations || The [[w:North Concord/Martinez station|North Concord/Martinez station]] opens up for revenue service. This is the first of two stations to open on the West Pittsburg part extension, and replaces Concord as the terminus for its line. || North Concord/Martinez, indirect effect on Concord (which is now no longer the terminus)
| 1996 || || Data || The first BART Customer Satisfaction Survey is conducted. The survey would be conducted every two years since that time, until at least 2016.<ref name=bart-css>{{cite web|url = https://www.bart.gov/sites/default/files/docs/CustSat2016_HistoricalAttributeMeans.xlsx|title = Customer Satisfaction: Historical Attribute Ratings|publisher = [[w:Bay Area Rapid Transit|Bay Area Rapid Transit]]|accessdate = June 18, 2017}}</ref>
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| 1996 || September 30 || Team || {{w|Thomas Margro}} becomes General Manager of the BART District, succeeding {{w|Richard A. White}} who left for the top job at the {{w|Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority}}.<ref name=apta-margro-retires/> ||
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| 1996 || December 7 || New stations || BART opens the [[w:Pittsburg/Bay Point station|Pittsburg/Bay Point station]] for revenue service, four months ahead of schedule. This replaces North Concord/Martinez as the terminus for its line.<ref name=bart-40-years/> || Pittsburg/Bay Point; indirect effect on North Concord/Martinez
| 1998 || January 15 || Fare collection || A report by the Metropolitan Transportation Commission estimates full availability of Translink (a smart card that can work across Bay Area transit agencies) by 2001.<ref>{{cite web|last=Bowman|first=Catherine|title=Multitransit Card Proposed / One ticket good for trains, ferries, buses throughout Bay Area|publisher=San Francisco Chronicle|date = January 15, 1998|accessdate = June 19, 2017|url=http://www.sfgate.com/news/article/Multitransit-Card-Proposed-One-ticket-good-for-3016508.php}}</ref>
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| 1998 || || Data || BART conducts a Station Profile Study, to understand the profile of riders at each of its stations.<ref name=bart-2008-sps>{{cite web|url = http://www.bart.gov/about/reports/profile-2008|title = Station Profile Study - 2008|accessdate = June 18, 2017|publisher = [[w:Bay Area Rapid Transit|Bay Area Rapid Transit]]}}</ref> ||
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| 1998 || || Work contracts || CBS Outdoor wins the exclusive right to manage advertisements on BART stations and trains.<ref name=bart-titan/> ||
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| 1999 || April || Vehicles and devices on BART || Bicyclists are no longer required to use the rear of the car; they can use either door of any car other than the first car.<ref name=bart-bapp/>{{rp|1-1}}
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| 2001 || January || Data || BART's website reports ridership numbers for every pair of entry and exit station from this time onward.<ref name=ridership>{{cite web|url = https://www.bart.gov/about/reports/ridership|title = Monthly Ridership Reports|accessdate = June 18, 2017|publisher = [[w:Bay Area Rapid Transit|Bay Area Rapid Transit]]}}</ref> ||
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| 2001 || September || Station facilities || BART closes restrooms at all stations following a recommendation from the Department of Homeland Security in the wake of the {{w|September 11 attacks}}. Soon, all but the underground restrooms (ten stations total) would be reopened. Discussions on reopening the underground stations, with a more "secure" remodeled layout would continue till 2017.<ref>{{cite web|url = http://sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com/2015/06/25/could-bart-finally-reopen-its-bathrooms-at-underground-stations/|title = Could BART Finally Reopen Its Bathrooms At Underground Stations?|date = June 25, 2015|accessdate = October 23, 2017|publisher = CBS Local}}</ref><ref>{{cite web|url = http://www.mercurynews.com/2017/03/31/roadshow-bart-may-reopen-bathrooms-at-two-stations/|title = Roadshow: BART bathrooms to reopen with new ‘secure’ layout|date = March 31, 2017|accessdate = October 23, 2017|publisher = Mercury News}}</ref><ref>{{cite web|url = http://bartrage.com/node/1349|title = Where are your restrooms?|publisher = BART Rage}}</ref>
| 2001 || || Connectivity (cellular) || The BART Board authorizes staff to develop a privately financed underground wireless telecommunications system to provide cell phone use and Internet access for the entire BART system.<ref name=bart-transbay-cellular/> In response to people concerned about others using cellphones and distracting others during the commute, BART condicts a pair of polls. The September 11 attacks, where cellphones are highlighted as having been useful in dealing with the situation, are believed to be a factor that makes people more in favor of improving cellular connectivity on BART.<ref name=sfgate-underground-not-unconnected/>
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| 2002 || || Fare collection || Translink, the smart card payment system, launches.<ref name=clipper-launch-brochure/> ||
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| 2002 || || Vehicles and devices on BART || BART creates its first Bicycle Access and Parking Plan.<ref name=bart-bapp>{{cite web|url = https://www.bart.gov/sites/default/files/docs/BART_Bicycle_Access_Parking_Plan.pdf|title = BART Bicycle Access and Parking Plan, Volume 1|publisher = Bay Area Rapid Transit|accessdate = April 27, 2019}}</ref>
| 2004 || August 23 || Recognition || The [[w:American Public Transportation Association|American Public Transportation Association]] (APTA) identifies BART as the #1 transit system in the United States among systems with 30 million or more annual passenger trips.<ref name=bart-40-years/><ref name=apta-margro-retires>{{cite web|url = http://www.apta.com/passengertransport/Documents/archive_3857.htm|title = Margro to Retire as BART General Manager|date = April 16, 2007|accessdate = August 20, 2017|publisher = American Public Transportation Association}}</ref>ref name=bart-margro-retires>{{cite web|url = http://www.bart.gov/news/articles/2007/news20070411|title = BART General Manager announces resignation|date = April 10, 2007|accessdate = August 21, 2017|publisher = Bay Area Rapid Transit}}</ref><ref name=straightdope>{{cite web|url = http://boards.straightdope.com/sdmb/showthread.php?t=312925|title = #1 Transit System in America? Bite me!|date = April 20, 2005|accessdate = June 18, 2017|publisher = Straight Dope Message Board}}</ref>
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| 2004 || November 2 || Safety, referendum || Bay Area voters approve Measure AA in a referendum. The measure allocates $980 million from property taxes for the BART Earthquake Safety Program, including seismic retrofitting of the Transbay Tube and elevated tracks to better withstand an earthquake.<ref name=bart-40-years/><ref name=bart-eqs>{{cite web|url = http://www.bart.gov/about/projects/eqs|title = Earthquake Safety Program|publisher = Bay Area Rapid Transit|accessdate = June 18, 2017}}</ref><ref name=prop-aa>{{cite web|url = http://www.smartvoter.org/2004/11/02/ca/sf/meas/AA/|title = Proposition AA. BART Earthquake Safety Bond. San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit District|date = November 2, 2004|accessdate = June 18, 2017}}</ref><ref name=measure-aa-podcast>{{cite web|url = https://www.bart.gov/news/articles/2016/news20160929|title = Podcast: Bond money pays off with improved earthquake safety|date = September 29, 2016|accessdate = June 18, 2017}}</ref> ||
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| 2004 || || Information for riders || BART launches www.bart.gov/wireless for phones. This is before the smartphone era, and this website is optimized for the traditional phones of its era. The site would continue to be available even after BART launches its mobile site at m.bart.gov in 2011, but it is no longer available as of 2019.<ref name=bart-mobile-site/>
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| 2005 || September 12 || Fares || New, increased BART fares are effective from this date. The minimum fare is now $1.25 and the excursion fare is now $4.40.<ref>{{cite web|url = https://www.bart.gov/sites/default/files/docs/BART091205.pdf|title = BART Fares and Schedules: Effective September 12, 2005|accessdate = July 5, 2017}}</ref> ||
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| 2005 || October 15 || Highway transportation shutdown || Caltrans shuts down all eastbound lanes on the [[w:San Francisco–Oakland Bay Bridge|San Francisco–Oakland Bay Bridge]] over the weekend for earthquake retrofit work, increasing the pressure on BART to carry transbay traffic. BRT runs transbay trains around the clock to serve transbay travelers.<ref>{{cite web|url = https://www.bart.gov/news/articles/2005/news20051011|title = BART runs around the clock during the October 15th weekend|date = October 11, 2005|accessdate = April 27, 2019|publisher = Bay Area Rapid Transit}}</ref><ref name=bart-40-years/> || Transbay Tube
| 2007 || April 29 || Highway transportation shutdown || A fire in a gasoline tanker destroys part of the [[w:MacArthur Maze|MacArthur Maze]], closing two freeways feeding into the [[w:San Francisco–Oakland Bay Bridge|San Francisco–Oakland Bay Bridge]]. BART increases the frequency of transbay service and announces free transit and runs longer trains on Monday, April 30.<ref name=bart-40-years/><ref>{{cite web|url = http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/Tanker-fire-destroys-part-of-MacArthur-Maze-2-2575285.php|title = Tanker fire destroys part of MacArthur Maze / 2 freeways closed near Bay Bridge|last = Bulwa|first = Demian|last2 = Fimrite|first = Peter|date = April 29, 2007|accessdate = June 18, 2017|publisher = ''[[w:San Francisco Chronicle|San Francisco Chronicle]]''}}</ref> || Transbay Tube, systemwide effects
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| 2007 || August 23 || Team || The BART Board of Directors votes 6-3 to appoint {{w|Dorothy Dugger}}, the current Interim General Manager, as General Manager. Dugger would become BART's first female General Manager, and would take the job after serving BART since September 1992 and being Deputy General Manager since April 6, 1994. She succeeds {{w|Thomas Margro}}, who retired in June.<ref>{{cite web|url = https://www.bizjournals.com/sanjose/stories/2007/08/20/daily65.html|title = BART makes interim GM permanent|date = August 23, 2007|accessdate = July 27, 2017|publisher = Silicon Valley Business Journal}}</ref><ref>{{cite web|url = http://www.mercurynews.com/2007/08/23/bart-appoints-first-female-general-manager/|title = Bart appoints first female general manager|publisher = Mercury News|date = August 23, 2007|accessdate = July 27, 2017}}</ref> ||
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| 2007 || September 1, 2, 3 || Highway transportation shutdown || BART runs hourly, overnight service to 14 stations Saturday, September 1, Sunday, September 2 and Labor Day, Monday, September 3 when Caltrans closes the Bay Bridge for earthquake retrofit work.<ref>{{cite web|url = https://www.bart.gov/news/articles/2007/news20070801|title = All night service Labor Day weekend. Trains run hourly, stop at 14 stations after midnight September 1, 2 and 3|publisher = Bay Area Rapid Transit|date = August 9, 2007|accessdate = April 27, 2019}}</ref> || Transbay Tube
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| 2008 || January 1 || Fares || New, increased BART fares are effective from this date. The minimum fare is now $1.50 (up from $1.25) and the excursion fare is now $4.90 (up from $4.40).<ref>{{cite web|url = https://www.bart.gov/sites/default/files/docs/BART010108.pdf|title = BART Fares and Schedules: Effective January 1, 2008|accessdate = July 5, 2017}}</ref> ||
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| 2008 || July 21 || Connectivity (cellular) || BART works with cellphone carrier MetroPCS to add MetroPCS to the list of carriers (previous list: Sprint, Verizon, AT&T and T-Mobile) with service in the underground San Francisco portion of its line.<ref>{{cite web|url = https://www.bart.gov/news/articles/2008/news20080721b|title = Underground cellphone coverage on BART expands|date = July 21, 2008|accessdate = April 27, 2019|publisher = Bay Area Rapid Transit}}</ref> || All of the underground San Francisco system (stations: Embarcadero, Montgomery, Powell Street, Civic Center, 16th Street/Mission, 24th Street/Mission, Glen Park, Balboa Park)
| 2008 || August 19 || Vehicles and devices on BART || BART approves a pilot program for the use of Segways and other Electric Personal Assistive Mobility Devices (EPAMD) on the BART system.<ref>{{cite web|url = https://www.bart.gov/news/articles/2008/news20080815|title = Pilot program approved for Segway use on BART|date = August 19, 2008|accessdate = April 27, 2019|publisher = Bay Area Rapid Transit}}</ref>
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| 2008 || October 1 || Work contracts || [[w:Titan (transit advertising company)|Titan]] wins the exclusive right to manage advertisements on BART stations and trains (October 1 is the effective date, the winning of the contract is announced in March 2008), replacing CBS Outdoor, which has held the contract since 1998.<ref name=bart-titan>{{cite web|url = https://www.bizjournals.com/eastbay/stories/2008/03/17/daily49.html|title = Titan Worldwide wins BART ad contract|date = March 19, 2008|accessdate = July 9, 2017|publisher = San Francisco Business Times}}</ref><ref>{{cite web|url = http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/BART-revenue-plan-OKd-3291097.php|title = BART revenue plan OKd. BAY AREA Directors vote to boost fines, sign lucrative ad contract - and give themselves a raise|last = Gordon|first = Rachel|date = March 14, 2008|accessdate = July 9, 2017|publisher = ''[[w:San Francisco Chronicle|San Francisco Chronicle]]''}}</ref> The company would later merge with Control Group to form Intersection Media.<ref>{{cite web|url = https://www.intersection.com/|title = Intersection Media|accessdate = July 9, 2017}}</ref><ref>{{cite web|url = https://www.bart.gov/about/business/advertising|title = Advertising Opportunities|publisher = [[w:Bay Area Rapid Transit|Bay Area Raipd Transit]]|accessdate = July 9, 2017}}</ref> ||
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| 2008 || || Data || BART conducts a Station Profile Study, to understand the profile of riders at each of its stations. This updates data previously collected in 1998.<ref name=bart-2008-sps/> ||
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| 2009 || January 1 || Violence || [[w:Shooting of Oscar Grant|Oscar Grant is shot]] at [[w:Fruitvale station|Fruitvale station]] by BART police officer Johannes Mehserle, who restrained him after responding to reports of fights on a crowded BART train from San Francisco.<ref name="missteps">{{cite news|url=http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2009/01/30/MNOP15JI6F.DTL|title=BART's shooting probe missteps|last=Bulwa|first=Demian|date=January 30, 2009|publisher=''San Francisco Chronicle''}}</ref><ref name="kpix1">{{cite web|url=http://cbs5.com/local/oakland.BART.shooting.2.901215.html |title=Family Files Claim In BART Shooting; Officer ID'd |year=2009 |publisher=[[KPIX-TV]] |deadurl=yes |archiveurl=https://web.archive.org/web/20090121130105/http://cbs5.com/local/oakland.BART.shooting.2.901215.html |archivedate=January 21, 2009 }}</ref><ref name=deadlybart>{{cite news|author=Jill Tucker |author2=Kelly Zito|author3=Heather Knight| url = http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2009/01/02/MNB9152I2Q.DTL| title = Deadly BART brawl&nbsp;— officer shoots rider, 22| publisher = San Francisco Chronicle| accessdate = January 5, 2009| archiveurl= //web.archive.org/web/20090104054941/http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2009/01/02/MNB9152I2Q.DTL| archivedate= January 4, 2009 <!--DASHBot-->| deadurl= no| date=January 2, 2009}}</ref><ref name="BFPSA">{{cite web |url= http://www.bart.gov/news/articles/2008/news20081201a.aspx |title=New Year's Eve flash pass, service adjustments, for holiday travelers |year=2009 |publisher=[[Bay Area Rapid Transit|BART]] |accessdate=February 3, 2009| archiveurl= //web.archive.org/web/20090206024542/http://www.bart.gov/news/articles/2008/news20081201a.aspx| archivedate= February 6, 2009 <!--DASHBot-->| deadurl= no}}</ref><ref name=indybay/> || Fruitvale
| 2009 || February 2 || Connectivity (Internet) || BART enters into a 20-year agreement with WiFi Rail Inc., a company based on Sacramento, to provide high-speed wifi service along the BART system, after completing an initial testing phase. Phase 2 (the post-testing phase) would be planned to extend service through San Francisco and Oakland and through the Transbay Tube.<ref>{{cite web|url = https://www.bart.gov/news/articles/2009/news20090202|title = WiFi Rail Inc. to provide wifi access on BART system|date = February 2, 2009|accessdate = April 27, 2018|publisher = Bay Area Rapid Transit}}</ref>
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| 2009 || September 14 || Fares || New, increased BART fares are effective from this date. The minimum fare is now $1.75 (up from $1.50) and the excursion fare is now $5.20 (up from $4.90).<ref>{{cite web|url = https://www.bart.gov/sites/default/files/docs/BART_FS_091409.pdf|title = BART Fares and Schedules: Effective September 14, 2009|accessdate = July 5, 2017}}</ref> ||
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| 2009 || September 22 || Information for riders || BART announces beta testing of on-demand SMS for riders, where they can send a SMS to a BART number and get back information such as train arrivals, delay advisories, elevator status.<ref>{{cite web|url = https://www.bart.gov/news/articles/2009/news20090922|title = BART tests on-demand info by SMS text messaging|date = September 22, 2009|accessdate = April 27, 2019|publisher = Bay Area Rapid Transit}}</ref>
| 2010 || June 1 || Team || Kenton Rainey, who previously served as the Fairfield Police Chief, becomes the new Chief of BART Police.<ref name=indybay/><ref>{{cite web|url = https://www.sfgate.com/news/article/Likely-BART-police-chief-s-turbulent-past-3263245.php|title = Likely BART police chief's turbulent past|date = May 24, 2010|accessdate = February 25, 2018|publisher = ''San Francisco Chronicle''}}</ref> He would contine to serve till his retirement on December 31, 2016.<ref>{{cite web|url=https://www.eastbaytimes.com/2016/11/11/bart-police-chief-kenton-rainey-retiring/|title = Chief hired amidst ‘worst crisis in BART police’s history’ to retire|date = November 11, 2016|accessdate = February 25, 2018|publisher = East Bay Times}}</ref> Rainey would subsequently go on to become police chief of the University of Chicago Police Department.<ref>{{cite web|url = https://news.uchicago.edu/article/2017/06/01/kenton-w-rainey-named-chief-police-ucpd|title = Kenton W. Rainey named chief of police for UCPD|date = June 1, 2017|accessdate = February 25, 2018|publisher = University of Chicago}}</ref> ||
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| 2010 || June 16 || Fare collection || Translink, the smart card payment system used in BART and other Bay Area transit agencies, is renamed Clipper and launches officially at full scale.<ref name=clipper-launch-brochure>{{cite web|url = https://docs.clippercard.com/brochures/en/Clipper%20Launch%20News%20Release.pdf|title = MTC Bay Area Transit Agencies Launch Clipper: All-in-One, Reloadable Fare Card Available Free of Charge All Summer|last = Goodwin|first = John|last2 = Rentschler|first2 = Randy|publisher = Metropolitan Transportation Commission}}</ref><ref>{{cite web|url = http://www.mercurynews.com/2010/06/16/universal-bay-area-transit-fare-card-clipper-launches/|title = Universal Bay Area transit fare card, ‘Clipper,’ launches|last = Mara|first = Janis|date = June 16, 2010|accessdate = July 29, 2017|publisher = ''Mercury News''}}</ref><ref>{{cite web|url = http://sf.streetsblog.org/2010/06/16/clipper-card-transition-for-bay-area-transit-is-now-official/|title = Clipper Card Transition for Bay Area Transit is Now Official|last = Roth|first = Matthew|date = June 16, 2010|accessdate = July 29, 2017|publisher = StreetsBlog SF}}</ref><ref>{{cite web|url = http://blog.sfgate.com/cityinsider/2010/02/10/translink-step-aside/|title = Translink, step aside|last = Cabanatuan|first = Michael|date = February 10, 2010|accessdate = July 29, 2017|publisher = SFGate}}</ref><ref>{{cite web|url = http://www.sfexaminer.com/rebranding-translink/|title = Rebranding TransLink|last = Reisman|first = Will|date = January 3, 2010|accessdate = July 29, 2017|publisher = SF Examiner}}</ref> ||
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| 2010 || July 15 || Legislation || California Governor {{w|Arnold Schwarzenegger}} signs the BART Public Safety Accountability Act into law, giving citizens a role in directing policy and reviewing practice in the BART police force for the first time, in response to problems highlighted by the shooting of Oscar Grant.<ref>{{cite web|url = http://www.berkeleyside.com/2010/07/16/new-bill-sees-creation-of-citizen-oversight-for-bart/|title = New bill creates citizen oversight of BART police|last = Taylor|first = Tracey|date = July 16, 2010|accessdate = July 9, 2017|publisher = BerkeleySide}}</ref><ref>{{cite web|url = http://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billTextClient.xhtml?bill_id=200920100AB1586|title = AB-1586 San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit District.|date = July 15, 2010|accessdate = July 9, 2017}}</ref> The Act modifies the California Public Utilities Code to include authorization for the BART Board of Directors to establish the Office of Independent Police Auditor (OIPA), with specific authority to investigate issues and recommend solutions. The OIPA submits its first annual report for the year 2011-2012.<ref>{{cite web|url = https://www.bart.gov/sites/default/files/docs/2011-2012_Annual_Report.pdf|title = Office of the Independent Police Auditor Annual Report 2011 - 2012|last = Smith|first = Mark|publisher = BART Office of the Independent Police Auditor|accessdate = July 9, 2017}}</ref> ||
| 2010 || November 4 || Ridership record || BART records 522,200 daily riders, a record high, partly because of the San Francisco Giants World Series victory parade.<ref name=bart-40-years/>
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| 2010 || || Report || This is the earliest year for which BART's annual Report to Congress is available online. It is unclear if BART previously submitted reports to Congress.<ref name=bart-reports/><ref name=bart-2010-report-to-congress>{{cite web|url = https://www.bart.gov/sites/default/files/docs/Final%20to%20GM%202%2010%2010C%20.pdf|title = 2010 Report to Congress|publisher = [[w:Bay Area Rapid Transit|Bay Area Rapid Transit]]|accessdate = June 21, 2017}}</ref> ||
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| 2011 || February 19 || New stations || The {{w|West Dublin/Pleasanton station}} opens after several years of delays. It is an infill station, located on the Dublin/Pleasanton line between Castro Valley and Dublin/Pleasanton. It is the second infill station in the BART system after Embarcadero.<ref>{{Cite web|url = http://www.bart.gov/news/articles/2011/news20110121|title = New West Dublin/Pleasanton Station, BART's 44th, to open Feb. 19|last = Lam|first = Xuan|date = February 19, 2011|accessdate = June 18, 2017|publisher = [[w:Bay Area Rapid Transit|Bay Area Rapid Transit]]}}</ref> ||
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| 2011 || March, April || Construction || BART receives $19 million from the {{w|Metropolitan Transportation Commisssion}} in toll revenue for the East Contra Costa County Extension Project, and begins construction on the project. The project involves a diesel eBART extension from the current northeast terminus of Pittsburg/Bay Point through Pittsburg, Antioch, Oakley, and Brentwood, to the Byron/Discovery Bay.<ref>{{cite web|url = http://www.city-data.com/forum/san-francisco-oakland/1239645-mtc-approves-19m-ebart-pittsburg-antioch.html|title = MTC Approves $19M for eBART from Pittsburg to Antioch (San Jose: 2015, construction)|accessdate = March 29, 2011|accessdate = July 26, 2017}}</ref><ref>{{cite web|url = http://www.sfexaminer.com/bart-extension-project-receives-19-million-in-funding-from-toll-revenue/|title = BART extension project receives $19 million in funding from toll revenue|last = Reisman|first = Will|date = March 10, 2011|accessdate = July 27, 2017}}</ref> ||
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| 2011 || April 13 || Team || BART announces that General Manager {{w|Dorothy Dugger}} is quitting with extra compensation of $958,000 (severance of $600,000 and extra compensation of $350,000 for a smooth transition), and BART is beginning the search for a replacement. Dugger's last day at work would be April 22, 2011.<ref>{{cite web|url = http://www.bart.gov/news/articles/2011/news20110413|title = BART general manager resigns; search for new GM begins Thursday|date = April 13, 2011|accessdate = July 22, 2017|publisher = Bay Area Rapid Transit}}</ref><ref>{{cite web|url = https://ww2.kqed.org/news/2011/04/13/bart-general-manager-dorothy-dugger-resigns-severance-is-958000/|title = BART General Manager Dorothy Dugger Resigns; Severance is $958,000|last = Brooks|first = Jon|date = April 13, 2011|accessdate = July 22, 2017|publisher = ''KQED''}}</ref><ref>{{cite web|url = http://www.sfgate.com/news/article/BART-s-Dugger-quits-with-1-million-severance-2375176.php|title = BART's Dugger quits with $1 million severance|last = Cabanatuan|first = Michael|date = April 13, 2011|accessdate = July 22, 2017|publisher = ''San Francisco Chronicle''}}</ref> The announcement comes after a Board vote in February to fire Dugger,<ref>{{cite web|url = http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/BART-board-may-fire-Dorothy-Dugger-2475687.php|title =
| 2011 || May 11 || Information for riders || BART launches an improved mobile website at m.bart.gov with location features and bike directions.<ref name=bart-mobile-site>{{cite web|url = https://www.bart.gov/news/articles/2011/news20110511a|title = BART launches improved mobile website with location features, bike directions|date = May 11, 2011|accessdate = April 27, 2019|publisher = Bay Area Rapid Transit}}</ref>
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| 2011 || August 31 || Team || {{w|Grace Crunican}}, who had previously worked at the {{w|Seattle Department of Transportation}}, {{w|Federal Transit Administration}}, and {{w|Oregon Department of Transportation}} becomes the new General Manager of BART.<ref name=bart-gm>{{cite web|url = https://www.bart.gov/about/gm|title = General Manager|publisher = Bay Area Rapid Transit|accessdate = July 22, 2017}}</ref><ref name=bart-crunican-selected>{{cite web|url = https://www.bart.gov/news/articles/2011/news20110831|title = Grace Crunican is selected as BART's new General Manager|date = August 31, 2011|accessdate = July 22, 2017|publisher = Bay Area Rapid Transit}}</ref><ref name=examiner-crunican-becomes-gm>{{cite web|url = http://www.sfexaminer.com/grace-crunican-officially-named-new-bart-general-manager/|title = Grace Crunican officially named new BART general manager|date = August 31, 2011|accessdate = July 22, 2017|publisher = SF Examiner}}</ref> The Board had almost finalized the decision to appoint her by early August 2011.<ref name=crunican-in-line-for-bart-gm>{{cite web|url = http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/matier-ross/article/Grace-Crunican-in-line-for-post-of-BART-manager-2336218.php|title = Grace Crunican in line for post of BART manager|author = Matier & Ross|date = August 3, 2011|accessdate = July 22, 2017|publisher = ''San Francisco Chronicle''}}</ref> ||
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| 2011 || July 3 || Violence || Charles Blair Hill, a homeless man, is shot dead by a BART police officer at Civic Center after throwing a bottle at the officer.<ref>{{cite web|url = https://www.sfgate.com/crime/article/Man-shot-to-death-by-BART-officer-identified-2355477.php|title = Man shot to death by BART officer identified|last = Fagan|first = Kevin|date = July 3, 2011|accessdate = February 25, 2018|publisher = ''San Francisco Chronicle''}}</ref><ref>{{Cite web|url = http://sfbayview.com/2011/07/barting-while-homeless-charles-blair-hill-is-the-latest-bart-police-assassination-target/|title = BARTing while homeless: Charles Blair Hill is the latest BART police assassination target|date = July 15, 2011|accessdate = February 25, 2018|publisher = The Bay View (National Black Newspaper)}}</ref><ref name=indybay/> || Civic Center
| 2011 || November 18 || Train cars || In response to reports about the unsanitary nature of the cushioning used on BART train seats and the difficulty of cleaning carpeted floors, BART embarks on a project to replace the seats with vinyl seats as well as remove carpeting from the floors.<ref name=bart-vinyl-seats/>
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| 2011 || || Report || The 2011 Ambient Air Test Report is published. This is the first of two Ambient Air Test Reports available on the BART website, and shows that BART meets the thresholds for asbestos and respiratory dust set by the California Occupational Safety and Health Adminisrtation (Cal/OSHA).<ref name=bart-reports/><ref name=bart-ambient-air-quality>{{cite web|url = https://www.bart.gov/sites/default/files/docs/b-10269%20bart%20ambient.pdf|title = 2011 Ambient Air Test Report|accessdate = June 21, 2017}}</ref> ||
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| 2011 || || Construction || Construction begins on the eBART extension from Pittsburg/Bay Point station to Antioch. The two new stations being built on this extension are the Pittsburg Center and Antioch stations.<ref>{{cite web|url = https://www.bart.gov/about/projects/ecc|title = East Contra Costa BART Extension (eBART)|accessdate = July 9, 2017|publisher = [[w:Bay Area Rapid Transit|Bay Area Rapid Transit]]}}</ref> || Pittsburg/Bay Point, Pittsburg Center, Antioch
| 2012 || April 9 || Information for riders || BART launches a new Twitter account, @SFBARTAlert, to tweet automated service advisories. These match the advisories sent via SMS subscription and SMS on-demand. The existing BART Twitter account @SFBART will continue to be used for human-controlled messaging.<ref>{{cite web|url = https://www.bart.gov/news/articles/2012/news20120409|title = Introducing ... @SFBARTalert|date = April 9, 2012|accessdate = April 27, 2019|publisher = Bay Area Rapid Transit}}</ref>
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| 2012 || May 10 || Train cars || The BART Board of Directors votes unanimously to award a $896 million contract (plus applicable taxes and escalation contingencies) to {{w|Bombardier Transportation}} to design and construct 410 train cars. The cars will be 100% assembled in the United States, with at least 66% American parts.<ref name=bart-40-years/> The selection of Bombardier is from three bidders, based on technical capabilities and low cost, with Bombardier's bid 12% cheaper ($104 million cheaper) than the second lowest bid.<ref name=bart-train-cars-delivery-plan>{{cite web|url = https://www.bart.gov/about/projects/cars/delivery-plan|title = Delivery Plan: BART New Train Cars|publisher = [[w:Bay Area Rapid Transit|Bay Area Rapid Transit]]|accessdate = July 9, 2017}}</ref> ||
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| 2012 || June || Team || Alicia Trost becomes the Communications Department Manager for the BART District, which also includes the title of chief BART spokesperson. Trost's comments would be included in a lot of news coverage of BART over the subsequent years.<ref name=trost-linkedin>{{cite web|url = https://www.linkedin.com/in/aliciatrost/|title = Alicia Trost|publisher = LinkedIn|accessdate = May 29, 2018}}</ref>
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| 2012 || September 10 || Fares || New, increased BART fares are effective from this date. The minimum fare is now $1.75 (no change) and the excursion fare is now $5.25 (up from $5.20).<ref>{{cite web|url = https://www.bart.gov/sites/default/files/docs/BART_FS_31.pdf|title = BART Fares and Schedules: Effective September 10, 2012|accessdate = July 5, 2017}}</ref> ||
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| 2013 || November || Information for riders || BART rebuilds its website using the open-source platform Drupal. This would lead it to win the 2014 Blue Drop Award for best government website.<ref>{{cite web|url = https://www.bart.gov/news/articles/2014/news20140604-0|title = bart.gov wins "Best Government Site" in 2014 Blue Drop Awards|date = June 4, 2014|accessdate = April 27, 2019}}</ref><ref>{{cite web|url = http://2014.bluedropawards.org/best-government-website/nominees/bay-area-rapid-transit|title = BAY AREA RAPID TRANSIT|publisher = Volacci Corporation|accessdate = April 27, 2019}}</ref>
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| 2013 || July–September || Data, Report || The first of BART's quarterly performance reports (prepared by the Engineering & Operations Committee) is available for data in this period. The report is titled "BART Quarterly Performance Report 2014 Q1" as it was published in December 2013, which is 2014 Q1 in the United States fiscal year.<ref name=bart-reports>{{cite web|url = https://www.bart.gov/about/reports|title = Reports|publisher = [[w:Bay Area Rapid Transit|Bay Area Rapid Transit]]|accessdate = June 21, 2017}}</ref><ref name=bart-qpr-2014-q1>{{cite web|url = https://www.bart.gov/sites/default/files/docs/QPR_Report_FY2014-q1_FINAL.pdf|title = Quarterly Service Performance Report, First Quarter, FY 2014, July - September, 2013.|date = December 5, 2013|publisher= Engineering & Operations Committee, [[w:Bay Area Rapid Transit|BART]]|accessdate = June 21, 2017}}</ref> ||
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| 2013 || October 19 || Accident || A BART train strikes and kill two workers inspecting a dip in the tracks between Walnut Creek and Pleasant Hill BART staitons. The train has no passengers and is being operated for training of substitute workers. Reports suggest that the driver spotted the workers, shouted at them, and tried to stop the train but it was going too fast (60 to 70 mph) and could not stop in time.<ref name=mercury-news-2013-accident>{{cite web|url = http://www.mercurynews.com/2013/10/20/national-transportation-safety-board-takes-over-bart-tragedy-investigation/|title = National Transportation Safety Board takes over BART tragedy investigation|last = Hurd|first = Rick|last2 = Debolt|first2 = David|date = October 20, 2013|accessdate = June 20, 2017|publisher = ''The Mercury News''}}</ref><ref>{{cite web|url = http://articles.latimes.com/2013/oct/21/local/la-me-ln-bart-worker-deaths-trainee-20131021|title = Trainee was operating BART train that struck workers, NTSB says|date = October 21, 2013|last = Dolan|first = Maura|date = October 21, 2013|accessdate = June 20, 2017|publisher = ''[[w:Los Angeles Times|Los Angeles Times]]''}}</ref> A NTSB investigation blames BART's "simple approval" practice where workers can enter the tracks after checking with BART's Operations Control Center, with no additional measures in place. In response, BART phases out simple approvals, sets a 27 mph speed limit on trains running in parts of the system where workers are on the tracks, and requires a 32-hour training program every 2 years for all BART workers who get onto the tracks.<ref>{{cite web|url = http://www.nbcbayarea.com/news/local/BART-Responds-to-NTSB-Report-on-Accident-That-Killed-2-Workers-299797051.html|title = BART Responds to NTSB Report on Accident That Killed 2 Workers|publisher = NBC Bay Area|date = April 14, 2015|accessdate = June 14, 2017}}</ref> || Walnut Creek, Pleasant Hill
| 2015 || August 10 || Train cars || BART completes the removal of carpets from floors in all its train cars. The project was initiated in 2011 in response to concerns about unsanitary conditions as well as the extra cleaning costs.<ref>{{cite web|url = http://www.bart.gov/news/articles/2015/news20150810-0|title = BART carpet: Like wool seats, another relic gone for good|date = August 10, 2015|accessdate = June 27, 2018|publisher = Bay Area Rapid Transit}}</ref> The A, B, and C2 cars now feature vinyl flooring in either grey or blue coloring, while the C1 cars feature a spray-on composite flooring.
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| 2015 || September 14 || Service frequency || BART makes some enhancements to its service frequencies, including running the Richmond line an extra hour in the evening, and adding extra trains for the morning and evening rush hour.<ref>{{cite web|url = https://www.bart.gov/news/articles/2015/news20150910|title = BART schedule change aims to provide some crowding relief|date = September 14, 2015|accessdate = July 5, 2017|publisher = BART}}</ref><ref>{{cite web|url = http://www.dailycal.org/2015/09/14/bart-institutes-changes-combat-overcrowding/|title = BART responds to overcrowding by increasing number of train cars, hours of operation|date = September 14, 2015|accessdate = July 5, 2017|publisher = ''The Daily Californian''}}</ref> ||
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| 2015 || || Data || BART conducts a Station Profile Study, to understand the profile of riders at each of its stations. This updates data previously collected in 2008.<ref name=bart-2015-sps>{{cite web|url = https://www.bart.gov/about/reports/profile|title = Station Profile Study|publisher = [[w:Bay Area Rapid Transit|Bay Area Rapid Transit]]|accessdate = June 18, 2017}}</ref> ||
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| 2016 || January 9 || Violence || A homicide occurs at West Oakland station.<ref>{{cite web|url = https://www.bart.gov/news/articles/2016/news20160309|title = BART Police release video of West Oakland shooting suspect|date = March 9, 2016|accessdate = October 23, 2017|publisher = Bay Area Rapid Transit}}</ref> The case would reveal that many cameras on train cars are decoys.<ref name=chronicle-decoy/> The case goes unsolved for a long time.<ref>{{Cite web|url = http://www.mercurynews.com/2017/01/08/one-year-later-still-no-leads-in-fatal-shooting-on-bart-train-near-west-oakland-station/|title = BART: A year later, still no leads in fatal shooting on train in Oakland|last = Baldassari|first = Erin|date = January 8, 2017|accessdate = October 23, 2017|publisher = ''Mercury News''}}</ref> || West Oakland
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| 2016 || January 14 || Train cars || An undercover investigation by the ''San Francisco Chronicle'' shows that the majority of security cameras on train cars are decoys. This investigation is done after it is discovered that the camera on the train car of a murder was a decoy.<ref name=chronicle-decoy>{{cite web|url = http://www.sfgate.com/crime/article/BART-killing-exposes-security-gap-many-train-6757514.php|title = BART killing exposes security gap — many train cameras are decoys|date = January 14, 2016|accessdate = October 23, 2017|publisher = ''San Francisco Chronicle''}}</ref><ref>{{cite web|url =http://richmondstandard.com/2016/01/20/bart-intends-to-install-surveillance-camera-on-all-train-cars-as-quickly-as-possible/|title = BART to swap all decoy cameras on trains with working ones|date = January 20, 2016|accessdate = October 23, 2017|publisher = The Richmond Standard}}</ref> ||
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| 2016 || February 8 || Fares || New, increased BART fares are effective from this date. The minimum fare is now $1.95 (up from $1.85) and the excursion fare is now $5.75 (up from $5.55).<ref>{{cite web|url = https://www.bart.gov/sites/default/files/docs/F_S%20FEB%202016%20.pdf|title = BART Fares and Schedules: Effective February 8, 2016|accessdate = July 5, 2017}}</ref>
| 2016 || June 30, July, September || Train cars, construction || BART unveils train cars for the diesel eBART East Contra Costa County Project extension, and does some test runs along the extension from Pittsburg/Bay Point to Antioch. The new stations, till Antioch, are expected to open for revenue service in 2017 or 2018.<ref>{{cite web|url = http://www.mercurynews.com/2016/06/30/local-pols-get-sneak-peek-at-ebart-train-2/|title = Local pols get sneak peek at eBART train|date = June 30, 2016|accessdate = July 27, 2017|publisher = Mercury News|last = Coetsee|first = Rowena}}</ref><ref>{{cite web|url = http://claycord.com/2016/07/12/bart-testing-the-new-ebart-cars-in-contra-costa-county-photo/|title = BART Testing New eBART Cars in Contra Costa County (PHOTO)|date = July 12, 2016|accessdate = July 27, 2017|publisher = Claycord}}</ref> A video of a test run is uploaded to the Bay Area Transit News YouTube channel on September 22.<ref>{{cite web|url = https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K_y1qOIXMuM|title = Tour of the Brand New eBART Trains!|publisher = Bay Area Transit News|accessdate = July 27, 2017|date = September 22, 2016}}</ref> || Pittsburg/Bay Point, Pittsburg, Antioch
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| 2016 || October || Report || BART publishes a report "BART's Role in the Region", describing its role in the San Francisco Bay Area, its plan for the future, and the resources it needs to execute that plan.<ref>{{cite web|url = https://www.bart.gov/sites/default/files/docs/Role%20of%20BART%20in%20Region%20-%20Final%20Web%20Oct%202016_2.pdf|title = BART's Role in the Region|date = October 1, 2016|accessdate = July 9, 2017}}</ref> The report comes shortly before Measure RR, a proposition to give BART a $3.5 billion infrastructure, is put up for the vote. ||
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| 2016 || November 7 || Book || The book ''BART: The Dramatic History of the Bay Area Rapid Transit System'' by Michael J. Healy is published by Heyday Books.<ref>{{Cite book|url = https://www.amazon.com/Bart-Dramatic-History-Transit-System/dp/1597143707|title = BART: The Dramatic History of the Bay Area Rapid Transit System|last = Healy|first = Michael J.|accessdate = July 9, 2017|publisher = Heyday Books|isbn = 1597143707}}</ref><ref>{{cite web|url = http://www.mercurynews.com/2017/02/06/mike-healy-mr-bart-chronicles-the-bay-area-transit-agencys-history/|title = Mike Healy, ‘Mr. BART,’ chronicles the Bay Area transit agency’s history|last = Rowe|first = Georgia|date = February 6, 2017|accessdate = July 9, 2017|publisher = ''The Mercury News''}}</ref> Healy served as BART's agency spokesman and had been with BART from November 1971 until his retirement in 2004.<ref>{{Cite web|url = http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/BAY-AREA-Next-stop-retirement-for-BART-2759104.php|title = BAY AREA / Next stop retirement for BART spokesman / He's been on board since trains started running|last = Cabanatuan|first = Michael|date = May 14, 2004|accessdate = July 9, 2017|publisher = ''[[w:San Francisco Chronicle|San Francisco Chronicle]]''}}</ref> ||
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| 2016 || November 8 || Referendum || San Francisco Bay Area voters approve Measure RR, providing a $3.5 billion infrastructure bond to BART for system repairs.<ref name=rr-approval/> The bond would be backed by a tax levied on the three counties in the BART district, and would increase property taxes over a term of 30 to 40 years. Estimated average cost per household is $35 to $55 per year. This is the third time BART has issued general obligation bonds, the first time being the $792 million bond in 1962 for initial system construction (Proposition A), and the second time being the $980 million for the Earthquake Safety Program (Proposition AA).<ref name=spurvoterguide>{{cite web|url = https://spurvoterguide.org/sf-nov-16/measure-rr-bart-bond/|title = Measure RR: BART Bond|publisher = SPUR Voter Guide|accessdate = June 21, 2017}}</ref> The vote shares in the three counties are: 59.5% in Contra Costa County, 81.1% in San Francisco, and 70.8% in Alameda County, giving an average of 70.1%.<ref name=rr-approval>{{cite web|url = http://sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com/2016/11/09/bart-bond-measure-rr-approved-infrastructure/|title = Voters Approve Measure RR, $3.5 Billion BART Bond|date = November 9, 2016|accessdate = June 21, 2017|publisher = CBS Local}}</ref><ref>{{cite web|url = http://www.sfchronicle.com/opinion/article/Measure-RR-3-5-billion-BART-infrastructure-bond-9969788.php|title = Measure RR: $3.5 billion BART infrastructure bond|last = Kersten|first = David|last2 = Lack|first2 = Wendy|date = October 13, 2016|accessdate = June 21, 2017|publisher = ''[[w:San Francisco Chronicle|San Francisco Chronicle]]''}}</ref> ||
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