More than one-fifth of the equipment BART uses is in poor or shoddy condition — and fixing it would cost taxpayers at least $2 billion, according to a January report by rthe U.S. Government Accountability Office.
America's public transit facilities have — for years — deteriorated faster than agencies have fixed them, the report said. This can result in serious collisions, such as the San Francisco Muni wreck that injured 48 people on July 18, 2009, or the Washington D.C. commuter rail accident that killed nine and injured 52.
SF Weekly asked a BART spokesman to discuss the report — and the repairs. We will update you when we hear back.