BART is trying to sort out a problem that could derail its plan to roll out the first of its anxiously awaited new train cars by the end of the month.
The agency has been conducting intensive testing and refinement of the cars, which the agency calls the Fleet of the Future, ever since receiving the first of the new vehicles early in 2016.
The agency now has 10 cars on the tracks, and last month said it was ready to put them into revenue service -- transit-speak for carrying paying passengers.
Just one hurdle remained: The California Public Utilities Commission, which oversees rail transit agencies in the state, needed to conduct its own safety testing and sign off on the cars.
Which brings us to last Friday morning, when all 10 of the new cars were running as a "consist" -- transit-speak for a train -- with a team of four CPUC inspectors on board. Everything was fine, apparently, until the train pulled into San Leandro's Bay Fair Station.