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Old July 17th, 2014, 03:13 AM   #741
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I keep seeing two color schemes in these renders.

The blue one above. and a red and gray one similar what exists now, if slightly more orange than red.

is MUNI changing it's look again?
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Old July 17th, 2014, 05:19 AM   #742
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Old July 30th, 2014, 06:55 AM   #743
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Old July 30th, 2014, 07:26 PM   #744
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I have a question: are there any future plans for expanding VTA in a sort of arch between Campbell, Cupertino and Sunnyvalle, linking both termini of the current lines, and/or extending the line southwestward to Los Gatos?

VTA is rarely mentioned on blogs or websites that cover transportation, whereas BART, Caltrain and MUNI are always on the radar.
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Old July 30th, 2014, 07:37 PM   #745
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I have a question: are there any future plans for expanding VTA in a sort of arch between Campbell, Cupertino and Sunnyvalle, linking both termini of the current lines, and/or extending the line southwestward to Los Gatos?

VTA is rarely mentioned on blogs or websites that cover transportation, whereas BART, Caltrain and MUNI are always on the radar.
You referring to Light Rail or the Bus services? VTA already provides "adequate" bus services to all those cities... But, if you're referring to the light rail aspect, I recall the Vasona Junction project still being pursued by the transit agency. Perhaps I'll ask the folks over at the SF Bay Area Forums, or I'll provide a link here to direct you to the thread.

And speaking of the VTA, it is comforting to know that a real BRT (to be rebranded as the VTA Rapid instead of Line 522) will be constructed very soon along E Santa Clara Street between SAP Center (San Jose Diridon Station) and Alum Rock Transit Center, in which it will essentially shave off a few minutes in each direction for all trips compared to the local (and stopping) Line 22. That will also be deployed along Stevens Creek Boulevard for Line 523 (currently called Line 323, a limited-stop service) between San Jose and De Anza College in Cupertino.
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Old July 31st, 2014, 04:21 PM   #746
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I would love to see new fleets for the bay area. Its been quite a while for making new trains
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Old July 31st, 2014, 04:43 PM   #747
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Old July 31st, 2014, 08:28 PM   #748
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I would love to see new fleets for the bay area. Its been quite a while for making new trains
Absolutely. For the past eight-plus years of me living here, I've seen new buses running on Bay Area roadways, but not much new trains... Refurbished streetcars, though, for the F-Market & Wharves historic streetcar line, yes. It's like, I've seen the return of at least two beloved streetcars, yet I've got to see the rest of the fleet still.
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Is there any plan for a rail link between San Jose Caltrain station (where, AFAIK, a BART extension will also reach in the futura) and Santa Cruz?
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Is there any plan for a rail link between San Jose Caltrain station (where, AFAIK, a BART extension will also reach in the futura) and Santa Cruz?
There won't be. There isn't that much traffic between those 2 points to justify the cost of a rail link.
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Is there any plan for a rail link between San Jose Caltrain station (where, AFAIK, a BART extension will also reach in the futura) and Santa Cruz?
I don't think so. The alignment of such a route (via the Santa Cruz Mountains) would require tunneling and quite a few bridges that would cost billions of build, and what makes matters worse is that the route could go through sensitive wildlife areas that could cause immense opposition from residents living along the proposed route (especially Los Gatos, Campbell, Scotts Valley, Soquel, and unincorporated communities). The Highway 17 Express, which is jointly operated by Amtrak, Caltrain, Santa Clara VTA, and Santa Cruz Metro, operates the portion between San Jose Diridon and Santa Cruz Metro via Scotts Valley and Soquel Park-and-Ride.
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I was thinking that the whole peninsula suffers from high cost of housing due to the booming tech industry, so building fast rail links to Santa Cruz, and/or upgrading seriously the link to Gilroy would put these places within commuting distance of Palo Alto, Sunnyvale and San Jose.
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The major challenge of connecting San Jose (and Santa Clara County) with Santa Cruz is with geography. And it is not that easy to build a brand new rail line to connect those two, especially if we consider the current station layout for San Jose Diridon (which is essentially oriented north-south). And if we start building a rail line through the Santa Cruz Mountains, it will take numerous years (and lawsuits from homeowners and businesses) that will affect travel along Highway 17 and its neighboring roads.

The Gilroy-San Jose portion, however, will be upgraded as part of the California High-Speed Rail program, which will operate via the Pacheco Pass (essentially called CA-152) that will eventually connect to the Central Valley instead of sharing tracks with Amtrak all the way down to Los Angeles via Monterey, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, and Ventura Counties.

To inquire further on your proposal to Santa Cruz, I believe it is best to ask here -- the Santa Clara VTA thread -- since it could become a major stakeholder of the service if it is implemented.
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LOL , whats with the Robotic voices?

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In 2009 the San Francisco and Oakland area's Bay Area Rapid Transit system announced its transition from conductor-given announcements to automated voices. But they didn't belong to humans. BART concluded that "with dozens of stations and thousands of train arrivals every day, real live human beings just couldn’t keep up with the job of voicing all those announcements." The voices were designed by Lucent Technologies, whose Bell Labs Division has been a pioneer in text-to-speech technology. "Lucent called its male voice John and its female voice Grace; at BART, they came to be called George and Gracie. The announcements alternate between the male and female voices on odd- and even-numbered platforms." As realistic as they may sound, the robotic voices lack the personality that riders of other transit systems enjoy.
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I did not immediately recognize that myself... I've heard of the automated voices for so long that I had no issues with it. I still love the "Civic Center... Civic Center Station" driver announcements, or, for a more original taste, for South San Francisco Station: "South City... South City".
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Old August 10th, 2014, 10:53 PM   #757
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Old September 8th, 2014, 07:34 AM   #758
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Draft designs for SMART stations called 'ridiculous' by San Rafael officials
City reaction: Proposed designs called 'ridiculous,' an 'insult'
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Draft designs for the Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit train stations are circulating in Marin County and San Rafael officials are calling the plans "ridiculous."

San Rafael City Council members voted unanimously Tuesday night to send a letter to SMART stating their displeasure with the platform or station designs, which are 65 percent complete. The scant designs by Oakland-based businesses AECOM Technical Services and FMG Architects feature a canopy, bench, ticket machine, trash can and street light.

Councilman Damon Connolly said the draft designs are inappropriate, especially for the city's downtown stations.
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Expanded routes for Clipper card users

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Riders will no longer have to dig into their pockets for exact change when they get on the bus, as Marin Transit officials have expanded the use of Clipper cards to include more regional routes.

“The Clipper card system is a regional effort to have one single fare card used on all transit agencies in the Bay Area,” said Barbara Duffy, director of planning and operations for Marin Transit. “We’ve been involved with the Clipper system since the beginning, since we have a contract with Golden Gate on our routes. The rural routes and community shuttle routes that didn’t exist at the time Clipper was launched will now have the Clipper system.”

The Clipper system was installed on additional Marin Transit routes as of Aug. 18.
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Supervisors committee approves $1.2B contract for new Muni light-rail vehicles
By Joshua Sabatini

San Francisco's political leaders have bitterly fought recently over transit-related issues from enforcement of parking meters on Sundays to an increase of the vehicle license fee. But when it comes to the proposed 15-year, $1.2 billion contract to buy hundreds of new light-rail vehicles, everyone appears to be on board.

Complaints of perennial lackluster Muni service is common discourse in San Francisco. Residents say they are routinely frustrated about the system's unreliability, employees are known to use Muni as a foolproof tardiness excuse and politicians routinely promise service will improve.

But whether the replacement and augmentation of existing light-rail vehicles will lead to a more reliable Muni service is something city politicians and Muni officials are counting on.
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