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BMW’s DesignworksUSA to Redesign Bay Area Rapid Transit Trains

This week the world learned that the Bay Area is going to be cleaning up its act a bit, though you likely won’t see it unless you head underground. The Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) organization has announced a partnership with one of BMW‘s design arms, DesignworksUSA, to help create new train cars for their system in an effort called “Fleet of the Future.” The public transit officials who selected Designworks were likely inspired to select the group based on their recent design efforts in collaboration with Siemens in developing the Metro Inspiro, which the city of Warsaw just picked up 35 cars worth of. Though the BART’s new system isn’t expected to hit the tracks until 2017, based off the aforementioned Metro, their first pass at public transportation no less, it’s sure to look much more like the future than the system’s current lines. Here’s some more info from the press release:

DesignworksUSA’s scope of work for BART’s Fleet of the Future includes the train cars’ exterior, which will convey a style and shape with unique signature expression to the exterior passenger information system. Inside the new train cars, DesignworksUSA will create the main interior design features of the new train cars, and incorporate the controls in the design of the train operator’s cab.

“DesignworksUSA is invigorated to join BART in their continuing commitment to delivering a premium ridership experience,” says Laurenz Schaffer, President, BMW Group DesignworksUSA. “We are passionate about creating innovative solutions for mobility in increasingly dense urban centers such as the Bay Area, and we are excited as our collaborative partnership with BART gets underway,” Schaffer continues.

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