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Old September 20th, 2014, 06:10 AM   #781
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BART plans late night bus service to carry passengers after trains stop
By Denis Cuff Contra Costa Times

BART expects to begin a late-night weekend bus service as early as December to carry riders from jobs, night clubs and social visits after the trains stop running at midnight.

After at least four years of talks and studies, BART officials now say the pieces are coming together to conduct a yearlong test of a limited bus service after midnight on Friday and Saturday nights.

The service would be offered until about 2 or 3 a.m. along some routes between key BART stations in San Francisco and the East Bay.

"I believe this will provide a valuable service ... that doesn't currently exist," said Robert Raburn, a BART board member from Oakland. "This looks like a great pilot we can evaluate and see how well it works."
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Old September 23rd, 2014, 06:07 PM   #782
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Progress on new Berryessa BART station:

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Old September 29th, 2014, 05:44 AM   #783
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SMART train

Rail cars for the Sonoma-Marin regional rail are being built in Rochelle, IL.







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Old September 30th, 2014, 10:14 PM   #784
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Same type like the one for Toronto Airport link, and even the colors are quite similar
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Old September 30th, 2014, 11:10 PM   #785
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They are the same cars if I remember right. Toronto piggybacked on the order
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Old October 1st, 2014, 12:54 AM   #786
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I am getting even more excited as the SMART train is being built slowly, but surely... and once it is finally built, I will have a choice between riding that train or the bus, like the ones below...


DSC04286 by anthonynachor, on Flickr


DSC04283 by anthonynachor, on Flickr

And by the way, Downtown San Rafael station (SMART) is now under construction:


DSC03882 by anthonynachor, on Flickr
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Old October 1st, 2014, 08:16 AM   #787
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And by the way, Downtown San Rafael station (SMART) is now under construction:


DSC03882 by anthonynachor, on Flickr
Downtown San Rafael will have level crossing?
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Old October 1st, 2014, 08:24 AM   #788
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Yes. It has been a level crossing for many, many years. In fact, it was originally designed as a level crossing since an earlier rail service (dismantled in the 1950s) originally ran through the same area way back then. And there are level crossings immediately around the San Rafael Transit Center (the location where I took that pic), including 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, and Mission Streets. Downstream (going south), the next railway crossings are at Irwin Street and Andersen Blvd (to be rebuilt); upstream (going north), the next railway crossings are at North San Pedro Road and Civic Center Drive (the location of Civic Center SMART station, also under construction).

Should you wish, I will provide regular updates on SMART using the images I take over time.
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Old October 1st, 2014, 11:35 AM   #789
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Will SMART be electric-powered?
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From what I understand SMART's rolling stock will be DMU sets.
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Old October 2nd, 2014, 03:38 AM   #791
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Will SMART be electric-powered?
Nope, not at all. In fact, a major challenge to electrifying that line is that the line is mostly single-tracked, with holding points found in many parts of the line, making speeds to be quite restricted. If electrification is to be done, I think double tracking all along the line would significantly help in keeping trains running on schedule and allow addition of more trains... and then it would make more sense to do what you envision.
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Golden Gate Ferry strike forces thousands to find another way to work
One-day walkout halts ferries; some bus drivers call in sick

By Mark Prado

Striking captains caused ferry service out of Marin to come to a halt Friday, forcing thousands of workers to find other means to get to and from their jobs.

Although not officially part of the one-day strike, several Golden Gate Transit bus trips were canceled in the morning and afternoon as drivers called in sick, possibly in support of the action.

At the Larkspur Ferry Terminal not all commuters caught wind of the strike and drove in to an empty parking lot only to be told that there was no service.
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Old October 2nd, 2014, 08:32 AM   #793
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Hope for late-night transit dawns; BART to roll out test project
By Michael Cabanatuan
Updated 8:03 am, Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Many an East Bay resident who labors or revels into the night in San Francisco has felt the panic of having to make a dash for the last BART train before it speeds into the Transbay Tube at 12:26 a.m. — and then figuring out how to get home if he or she didn’t run fast enough.

The dearth of late-night transportation around, and especially across, the bay is a long-standing problem that’s growing worse as the Bay Area population rises and the number of people depending on public transportation booms. Once BART shuts down for the night, options for getting home are limited.

So, facing an increasing demand for late-night transit service, regional transportation officials are taking a hard look at how to change that — and testing at least one plan to help people get around in the late-night and early morning hours.
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Old October 2nd, 2014, 08:38 AM   #794
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I could suggest late-night, 24-hour service on Fridays and Saturdays for a start since AC Transit operates the Line 800 every 30 minutes Fridays to Sundays, and I believe that service gets packed with commuters traveling from San Francisco to Oakland, Berkeley, El Cerrito, and Richmond.

With that said, however, BART may need to adjust its maintenance times to accommodate more trains running between the East Bay, San Francisco, and the Peninsula... will it run with limited stops, similar to what it has done before during the Bay Bridge closure where trains ran round-the-clock?
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I could suggest late-night, 24-hour service on Fridays and Saturdays for a start since AC Transit operates the Line 800 every 30 minutes Fridays to Sundays, and I believe that service gets packed with commuters traveling from San Francisco to Oakland, Berkeley, El Cerrito, and Richmond.

With that said, however, BART may need to adjust its maintenance times to accommodate more trains running between the East Bay, San Francisco, and the Peninsula... will it run with limited stops, similar to what it has done before during the Bay Bridge closure where trains ran round-the-clock?
From what I can remember, AC Transits runs the 800 every night and that takes you to downtown Oakland. From there you can take the other 800 buses that takes you to other parts of AC Transit district. So this whole thing is weird and confusing.
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I am very aware of that... AC Transit operates the following late night lines:

* 800 (SF-Richmond via Telegraph Ave, Shattuck Ave, University Ave, San Pablo Ave, and MacDonald Ave, emulating the Richmond service of BART) - hourly weekdays, every 30 minutes weekends
* 801 (Downtown Oakland-Fremont via International Blvd, Mission Blvd, and Fremont Blvd, emulating the Fremont service of BART) - hourly weekdays, every 30 minutes weekends between Oakland and Bay Fair, hourly weekends south of Bay Fair
* 802 (Downtown Oakland-Berkeley Amtrak via San Pablo Avenue) - hourly daily
* 805 (Downtown Oakland-Oakland International Airport via MacArthur Blvd) - hourly daily
* 840 (Downtown Oakland-Eastmont TC via Foothill Blvd) - hourly daily
* 851 (Berkeley BART-Fruitvale BART via Santa Clara Ave in Alameda and UC Berkeley) - hourly daily

It can be weird and confusing at first, but, I know that through pulse points and proper transfer times, commuters will get used to this. I hope, though, that Owl service will be restored in the North Bay...
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Another Central Subway update:

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And progress of Transbay Center, taken from project's Facebook page:



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MUNI has a new map of its lines. Click on image for larger zoomable version

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possibility of BART ridership record - 2014.10.31

World Series victory parades tend to set new records for BART daily ridership:

2010.11.03 - 522,198
2012.10.31 - 568,061
2014.10.31 - ???????

Source: http://www.bart.gov/news/articles/2012/news20121031
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