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The Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) last week began testing a new accessible fare gate prototype at the station in Richmond, California, that represents the next generation of fare gates BART will install across its system.
BART’s Accessibility Task Force — which includes members of the public — tested out the prototype gate, which includes two 5-foot-high swing-style barriers that discourage users from pushing through, jumping over or maneuvering under the gates.
The fare gate is designed for riders who need extra space and time to pass through the barrier, such as people using wheelchairs or bikes. The barriers remain open longer than non-accessible fare gates.
In September 2019, BART’s board adopted the swing-style barrier gate design as the new standard for fare gates across the system. The agency has since reduced the cost estimate of the systemwide gate replacement project from $150 million to $90 million, a 40 percent savings, BART officials said in a press release.
BART’s staff today will present the cost estimate and the potential framework of a funding plan and timeline for the project to the BART board.