One of the older streamlined-designed cars brings up the rear
of a train at MacArthur.
BART represented one of the first major urban rail projects after the
realization came that more freeways and road weren't the only solution
for urban transportation issues.
System design originally contemplated fully automated
operation, but numerous major early problems resulted in the decision to
have an operator on board overseeing each train. The system began
serving the public in September, 1972, late and way over budget, and only after a number of highly
publicized technical issues had been overcome.