BART's Fleet of the Future will be free of its infamous hideous green cloth seats and old carpet.

One thousand new train cars will feature wipeable fabric cloth on seats with more legroom, bike racks, and quieter trains.

Digital route screens and automated announcements will make the whole experience less confusing.

The first trains will go into service in 2017, and the whole fleet should be ready to go by 2023. In total, the train cars have 40% more seats than available today. BART will need all the extra seats it can get: by 2040, the Bay Area is projected to grow by 2.1 million people.

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Check Out Photos Of BART's New Fleet Of The Future

The Bay Area's rail cars are getting a new look, a change that can't come soon enough for the region's growing population.

BART, the San Francisco Bay Area's underground transportation system, looks beyond scuzzy. Up until recently, all the train cars were covered in old carpet. The cloth seats, in place since BART launched in the 1970s, feature mold, fecal matter, and MRSA. All of which is why daily BART riders are waiting with baited breath for the so-called Fleet of the Future--a series of 1,000 new train cars that will be free of hideous green cloth and contain new amenities.

BART recently provided an update of what the new fleet will look like, and it's certainly heartening. The cloth will be replaced with a wipeable fabric on padded modular seats that have an inch more legroom; a better cooling system will send air to the ceiling so riders who are standing up don't wither in the heat; bike racks will be in every car; new "micro-plugs" on the doors will keep the (very loud) trains quieter, and digital route screens and automated announcements will make the whole experience much less confusing for tourists.

The first trains will go into service in 2017, and the whole fleet should be ready to go by 2023. In total, the train cars have 40% more seats than available today. BART will need all the extra seats it can get: by 2040, the Bay Area is projected to grow by 2.1 million people.

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  • From a design perspective I think London Underground's new S Stock sub-surface trains win here in the beauty stakes.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/London_Underground_S7_and_S8_Stock

    The rounder cab ends, deep driver window and softer car side profile make the new London units appear more modern – a huge leap in style transformation from the older trains they replace.

    What really makes new S Stock trains unique is the full width gangway connections between cars. This effectively create one long car so when on a straight track the passenger can see the whole length of the train without the obstruction of car ends and doors. This also aids CCTV vision and personal passenger safety.

    Starting in 2010 the S Stock roll out to the majority of sub-surface lines [not the smaller profile tube lines] is expected to be complete by 2016 – one year sooner than the first BART trains take to the tracks!

    Future 'Evo' concept designs for tube lines look even more interesting.