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The Bay Area Rapid Transit system (BART) was, along with the WMATA in Washington D.C., one of the great centrally planned post-war rapid transit systems aimed at addressing the rise of the highway and auto-centric suburbs after World War II in the United States. Planning began in the 1950s for a unified high speed rail system that would serve both the dense inner cities of San Francisco and Oakland and their newly expanding low-rise suburbs. Stations would be spaced closer in the central business districts and further out in the suburbs.
Originally planned to connect Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, San Francisco, and San Mateo counties BART was scaled back when San Mateo dropped out in favor of commuter rail service and the Marin line was dropped due to engineering concerns about running a rail line over the Golden Gate Bridge. Construction began in 1964 and the initial segments began to come online in 1972 and the majority of the system opening by 1974.
The Pittsburg/Bay Point–SFO/Millbrae Line, also known as the Pittsburg/Bay Point Line or the Concord Line (from the original terminus), was the second line to open in 1973 between Concord and MacArthur stations and extended to Daly City when the Transbay Tube opened in 1974.
In 1995 the line was extended northeast to Pittsburg/Bay Point Point and in 2003 the line was extended south to SFO/Millbrae.
The Pittsburg/Bay Point Line has the distinction of running with the longest train sets in the system; 10 car trains on weekdays and 8 or 9 car trains on evenings and weekends.
The section of track between Concord and Walnut Creek was the site of the BART groundbreaking ceremony in 1964 presided over by President Lyndon B. Johnson. Currently a new eBART system is being built east of Pittsburg/Bay Point station using Diesel Multiple Unit trains (as opposed to electric third-rail trains) to Antioch.
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