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BART’s new cars finally pass safety tests, on track to roll by Thanksgiving

By Michael Cabanatuan

Photo: Michael Macor, The Chronicle

BART’s sleek new railcars finally passed safety tests over the weekend — months behind schedule — and are on track to start carrying commuters around Thanksgiving, transit officials said Monday.

John Garnham, project manager for BART’s new fleet, said the first 10 new cars, which have undergone rigorous testing and subsequent fixes for the past year and a half, completed the last of a lengthy checklist of tests and requirements on Saturday.

BART and railcar manufacturer Bombardier are now working their way through 3,000 documents they need to submit to the California Public Utilities Commission to prove the cars are ready for passenger service. The plan is to submit the paperwork to the commission next Monday, starting a review process expected to take 21 days.

“We’re ready to go,” said Garnham. “It’s just a matter of getting the approvals, getting everything lined up.”

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