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JUN 2014

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Page 29 of 63 /// (800) 387-4800 Espar... Because Off-the-Rack Just Isn't Good Enough Hydronic M-12 42,000 BTU Hydronic D5 17,000 BTU Hydronic LII 122,000 BTU Contact an Espar Tailor Near You And Get Your Fleet Measured for New Heaters Sales Rep Espar Climate Systems a member of the Ebersp├Ącher group of companies shorter and mobility-impaired individu- als. For taller customers, the design fea- tures a higher ceiling over the middle aisles. Bombardier also incorporated a multi-branch floor-to-ceiling pole near each doorway. In addition, the new seats, which are almost 50% lighter than the current seats, are fully modular, allowing for seat recon- figuration, which will enable the vehi- cle to evolve with future rider needs. Te seats use longer lasting silicone cushions that will improve lifecycle sustainability. Also, the seats provide more legroom than those on the old trains and are mounted higher off the floor, making it easier for customers to stand up from a seated po- sition as well as providing room under- neath to ft carry-on sized luggage. Te new cars will also include six in- terior digital LCD screens, one next to each door that will display the system map, and next-stop and transfer infor- mation, as well as travel advisories and other announcements. Te new train cars will also have LED screens on the ends of the cars that will display next-stop information. Addi- tional digital screens on the exterior of the cars will display route color and the train's destination. ACCESSIBILITY Te new BART train cars will include a variety of features and improvements for people with disabilities, as well as for peo- ple who speak languages other than Eng- lish, Weinstein explains. Since the Fleet of the Future project be- gan, BART has consulted with the acces- sibility and limited-English-proficient communities via a series of communi- ty meetings and prototype evaluations. Vehicle improvements for the current mockup include a reconfigured layout designed to maximize seating and com- fort; more priority seating for seniors and people with disabilities; wheelchair areas at the end of each car and bicycle racks in every car. Other new features include more com- fortable seats; interior and exterior digital displays showing passenger information; a better quality PA system, including au- tomated announcements; more doors to make boarding faster and easier; energy- saving lighting; and energy efcient pro- pulsion and regenerative braking. Te new cars will also have compress- ible bufer zones at the end of each car for crash safety. Other key railcar features of the new train design include more handholds for 26 < m ETRO m AGAZINE JUNE 2014 BART RAILCAR FLEET Most of the railcars BART runs today are the original cars from the 1972 launch. Courtesy BART

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