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KQED listener Eric Bauer wanted to know something most Bay Area BART passengers have probably wondered about at one point or another in their commute: Why are the trains so loud?
“They scream like banshees,” Eric said. “One should probably use hearing protection.”
First off, Eric, you’ll be happy to know there is a plan in the works to dampen BART’s signature wail.
The bad news is the fix is tied to the rollout of new BART train cars, which will begin late this year and won’t be done until 2021. So until then, you might want to keep some earplugs on hand.