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Old April 18th, 2014, 10:15 PM   #721
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[QUOTE="MrAronymous;113292126"] Because people want to be able to hold onto it and not slip and bump into each other when its crowded and the train is moving. Also people would rather grab a pole than some overhead handgrip as being with your hand up in the air is either uncomfortable or not possible(too high up for some people). So then you have a pole. I don't see why it would be harderd for disabled people in rush hour. I mean if it's busy it's busy. A pole isn't going to change a whole lot. And of course you have to make a consideration: Provide to ~5 people who will use the pole at a time, or to the occasional person who will find the pole disruptive. I really don't see why the blind woman from my quote would be inconvenienced. I mean, hello, you have an extra place to hold on right in front of the door! How convenient![/QUOT

People have been holing on to roof mounted rails and hand grips for well over a century. In fact, here in Toronto, the TTC removed poles from the H-5s because the poles took up floor space and were hard to get hard for able-bodied passengers.
Are you saying this setup is an inconvenience for commuters?
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Old April 18th, 2014, 10:43 PM   #722
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People have been holing on to roof mounted rails and hand grips for well over a century.
Are you saying this setup is an inconvenience for commuters?
Ok well whatever. I just personally prefer poles to handgrips.
Wouldn't call it an inconvenience, but inferior.

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In fact, here in Toronto, the TTC removed poles from the H-5s because the poles took up floor space and were hard to get hard for able-bodied passengers.
Um what?

Also I'm going with the thought of every new metro train ordered having seperate wheelchair space. At least that seems to be the new standard as far as I know. So I don't see how there could be an issue, except for people not letting the person in the wheelchair on. Which then is just a case of manners and attitude.
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Old April 19th, 2014, 06:48 AM   #723
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Old April 19th, 2014, 08:36 AM   #724
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Warm Springs BART station construction in March, taken from BART's website:



And behing Fremont station, picture from webcam:

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Old April 19th, 2014, 08:38 AM   #725
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And as for Silicon Valley BART extension, an update of new Berryessa station:

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Old April 19th, 2014, 09:46 AM   #726
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The first train cars ordered up by the Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit agency have passed their factory tests in Japan and are ready to be shipped to the United States for on-track testing, SMART general manager Farhad Mansourian said Wednesday.

SMART released the first photos and video of the two grey and green Diesel Multiple Units rolling on tracks outside the Nippon Sharyo factory in Toyokawa, Japan.
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Old April 19th, 2014, 10:13 AM   #727
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Old April 26th, 2014, 08:29 AM   #728
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Timelapse of future Berryessa and Milpitas stations:

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Old April 26th, 2014, 08:38 AM   #729
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Looking at that train, it makes me want to ride on it very soon because of its sleek design that is well-suited to the surroundings of the North Bay. Hopefully, it will have a lot of needed features, from bike racks to toilets to foldable tables to make the passenger experience really worthwhile... And I wonder if it will have LED destination signs on the train sides too since those don't seem to be obvious.

And by the way, I have a companion thread that goes hand in hand with this one... It's basically my photos of the various transit options here in the SF Bay Area, and I chose to move that thread recently from Urban Showcase since it is much more appropriate to group it here. Check out Bay Area Transit in Pictures here!
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Old April 26th, 2014, 09:54 PM   #730
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Are there any plans for a Marin County-San Francisco rail tunnel?
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Looking at that train, it makes me want to ride on it very soon because of its sleek design that is well-suited to the surroundings of the North Bay.
Indeed, Nippon Sharyo has done a decent job, I was afraid that the design would come out a bit ungainly, given the history of past designs subjected to FRA-dictated regulations. I notice echoes of JR Central's kiha 85 and kiha 75 dmu designs in the lines of the carbody, which incidentally are also Nippon Sharyo products, and are similarly powered by Cummins diesel engines.

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Are there any plans for a Marin County-San Francisco rail tunnel?
As of the moment, nope. There was an opportunity though in the 1960s when BART was conceptualized that a connection to Marin County from San Francisco would have been possible either through under the Golden Gate Bridge or constructing an underwater tunnel through the Golden Gate Strait. However, if that project is to be made today, it would cost quite a fortune to build it, let alone create additional studies needed to connect the underwater tunnel with the hilly portions of southern Marin through Larkspur, and the alignment the rest of the rail will go through once it enters San Francisco. Compounding the problem is that a rail tunnel needs to be double-tracked; however, most of the SMART rail track is single-tracked, and that the rails abruptly end in Larkspur, necessitating additional railway miles, choosing a route alignment, and additional factors to be considered to make this idea happen. The single-tracked nature of SMART for a good portion of the route has been historic in nature wherein when the rail tracks were originally built, the lines only had one track, owing to the suburban-rural feel of the county...
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Old April 28th, 2014, 12:55 PM   #733
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Stadler awarded eBART train contract
28 Apr 2014



USA: San Francisco’s Bay Area Rapid Transit District has awarded sole bidder Stadler Rail a $58m contract to supply eight diesel multiple-units for the East Contra Costa BART extension commuter rail project.

Announcing the order on April 25, Stadler said the GTW 2/6 units would be manufactured at its Bussnang plant in Switzerland. These will be based on 37 DMUs it has previously supplied to the USA: 20 for NJ Transit; six for Capital Metro in Austin, Texas; and 11 for Denton County Transportation Authority in Texas. The DMUs will meet EPA Tier 4 emissions regulations.

eBART was approved in December 2007 as a quicker and more affordable alternative to extending the BART metro into eastern Contra Costa County. It involves the construction of 16 km of dedicated line from BART’s Pittsburgh/Bay Point terminus to a new station in Antioch, running along the median of State Route 4.

eBART will built to standard gauge rather than the 1 676 mm gauge used on the metro network and will not be electrified. The line will be for the exclusive use of the commuter services, and is not subject to regulation by the Federal Railroad Administration
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Old April 28th, 2014, 07:00 PM   #734
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March constrcution update on BART Oakland Airport connector, taken from here. Coliseum/Oakland Airport station:

















Mainentrance facility unit:















Oakland Airport:













And from the same website, cab ride on the connector. Here is the link:
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At long last, some serious progress right there! It's very good that the AirBART station at the Coliseum end is connected directly to the BART station, yet I wonder a lot about the Airport end wherein it ends up with a set of escalators leading straight down to street level... Perhaps that area between the station and the airport entrance should become a covered plaza wherein there will be luggage cart terminals, a seating area (possibly a Meet-and-Greet place) for passengers and well-wishers, and a bus terminal loop circling around the station for AC Transit and taxis to make it a "public transportation node" for OAK.
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RFQ issued for San Francisco – San Jose electrification
Tuesday, May 20, 2014



CALIFORNIAN commuter rail operator Caltrain has issued a Request for Qualification (RFQ) for a design-build contract to electrify the 82km San Francisco – San Jose line, a key component of its Modernisation Programme, which is due to be completed by 2019.

Caltrain says it expects to release a Request for Proposals to prequalified bidders early next year after the project receives environmental clearance. A draft environmental impact report was published in March.

The cost of the project is estimated at $US 1.2bn, with a further $US 440m required for the acquisition of a fleet of electric commuter trains. Caltrain expects electric trains to provide 75% of its total service by 2019, with diesel traction remaining for services running beyond San Jose.

As well as benefitting commuter rail operations the upgrade will allow California High-Speed Rail services to run into San Francisco on Caltrain infrastructure.

Caltrain currently carries around 54,000 passengers per day and says peak hour trains are running at capacity
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Testing starts on new Oakland Airport connector:

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Latest progress on Transbay Center, taken from webcameras on Transbay's website:



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I've gone through Oakland Coliseum/Airport BART station yesterday, yet I didn't take pics of what's going on at that end of the upcoming OAK Airport Connector... I'll swing by that area soon and take a few pics.
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San Francisco to replace LRV fleet
15 Jul 2014



USA: San Francisco Municipal Transportation Authority has recommended the purchase of up to 260 S200 light rail vehicles from Siemens Industry. The 15-year contract would be worth $1·2bn when it is formally awarded later this year, following approval of the SFMTA board on July 15.

Siemens beat a rival bid from CAF. The cars would be built at the company’s Sacramento factory and are intended to replace the existing Muni fleet of Breda LRVs, as well as increase capacity. Deliveries of the first 24 cars are scheduled between late 2016 and 2018, in time for opening of the 2·7 km Central Subway extension of Muni’s T Third Line in 2019. The new cars would initially enter service on this line.

A further 151 cars would be delivered between 2021 and 2028. There is an option for 85 more, which would be delivered by 2040. The vehicles have a design life of 30 years
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