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Fire Hazard Evaluation of BART Vehicles. Final Report.



E Braun


A fire hazard evaluation of the subway cars used on the San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit District was performed. After analyzing the cars' interior and exterior design, five recommendations were made that, if implemented, would improve passenger safety by decreasing the probability of developing a hazardous fire situation. Among these recommendations were the upgrading of current upholstered urethane seat assemblies and the need for the development of a fire detection system appropriate for rapid rail transit vehicles. Those system improvements would not only provide passengers a safer traveling environment but would also provide a modest level of protection for the heavy investment in rail vehicles.
NIST Interagency/Internal Report (NISTIR) -


fire hazards, fire safety, subways


Braun, E. (1978), Fire Hazard Evaluation of BART Vehicles. Final Report., NIST Interagency/Internal Report (NISTIR), National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, MD, [online], (Accessed February 24, 2024)
Created March 1, 1978, Updated February 19, 2017