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Old October 31st, 2014, 12:09 AM   #801
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BART Oakland International Airport connector - opening Nov or Dec 2014


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A test train rides along the tracks of the soon to open Oakland Airport Connector train, in Oakland, CA, on Wednesday, October 29, 2014.


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The Airport station for BART's Oakland Airport Connector train at Oakland International Airport, in Oakland, CA, on Wednesday, October 29, 2014.


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A sign reading "train is delayed" is seen inside a train during a media tour of the soon to open Oakland Airport Connector train, in Oakland, CA, on Wednesday, October 29, 2014.


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Members of the media are reflected in the windows of a test train as it sits at the Coliseum Station during a media tour of the soon to open Oakland Airport Connector train, in Oakland, CA, on Wednesday, October 29, 2014.


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Oakland's mayor Jean Quan looks out a window at the Airport Station during a media tour of the soon to open Oakland Airport Connector, in Oakland, CA, on Wednesday, October 29, 2014.


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The interior of a train is seen during a media tour of BART's soon to open Oakland Airport Connector train, in Oakland, CA, on Wednesday, October 29, 2014.


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A test train rides along the tracks of the soon to open Oakland Airport Connector train, in Oakland, CA, on Wednesday, October 29, 2014.


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Members of the media enter the Airport station of BART's Oakland Airport Connector train during a media tour in Oakland, CA, on Wednesday, October 29, 2014.


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The elevated tracks of BART's Oakland Airport Connector train, which will link BART's Coliseum Station with the Oakland International Airport, pass over Hegenberger Road in Oakland, CA, on Wednesday, October 29, 2014.

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Old October 31st, 2014, 04:06 AM   #802
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World Series victory parades tend to set new records for BART daily ridership:

2014.11.03 - 522,198
2012.10.31 - 568,061
2014.10.31 - ???????

Source: http://www.bart.gov/news/articles/2012/news20121031
I could predict a ridership of around 600,000 riders (yours truly included) since it will be a three-peat of a celebration... and you've got the Halloween party-goers in the mix too. It will sure be a massive day for BART.

For my latest images...


DSC08278 by anthonynachor, on Flickr


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Old November 3rd, 2014, 10:18 PM   #803
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BART ridership - top 4 days

2014.10.31 was the third-busiest day on BART, not the busiest day ever as some had predicted.

2010.11.03 - 522,198 (World Series parade)
2012.10.31 - 568,061 (World Series parade)
2013.08.29 - 475,015 (Bay Bridge closure)
2014.10.31 - 511,641 (World Series parade)

http://sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com/201...series-parade/
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Old November 3rd, 2014, 10:45 PM   #804
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But hey, that is still a massive number!

A few images from my latest trip in San Mateo County:


DSC08318 by anthonynachor, on Flickr


DSC08335 by anthonynachor, on Flickr


DSC08340 by anthonynachor, on Flickr


DSC08348 by anthonynachor, on Flickr


DSC08351 by anthonynachor, on Flickr


DSC08352 by anthonynachor, on Flickr


DSC08370 by anthonynachor, on Flickr


DSC08377 by anthonynachor, on Flickr


DSC08400 by anthonynachor, on Flickr


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Old November 4th, 2014, 02:39 AM   #805
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How's the transbay tunnel and terminal? Is the caltrain expansion going to be a thing or has that been shot to hell?
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So far, the Tower is doing very well. I haven't got any latest shots from it, though. The tunnel: well, there's not any sign of progress... but I will let you know should it changes. That reminds me to revisit it again since the ancillary developments next to the Terminal are now under construction.
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Old November 5th, 2014, 03:45 AM   #807
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How's the transbay tunnel and terminal? Is the caltrain expansion going to be a thing or has that been shot to hell?
If by "Tunnel" you mean the proposesed extension of Caltrain from the current 4th Street station to the new TransBay Terminal, no , nothing has been built. Funding for the electrification of the line still needs to be fully funded but they are close.

They have built Four Boxes under the under construction Terminal for future Caltrain/HSR service. A generous timeline would have Caltrain at the Terminal in the 2020-25 period with HSR in 2029.

http://www.sfcta.org/delivering-tran...town-extension

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Old November 5th, 2014, 09:08 PM   #808
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BART to Livermore

A proposed extension of BART along the 580 freeway median for 4.8 miles from Dublin/Pleasanton to Livermore



http://www.bart.gov/about/projects/liv

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Voters supporting Alameda County transportation tax
By Michael Cabanatuan

Published 6:46 am, Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Alameda County voters were on their way to approving Measure BB, a $7.8 billion transportation sales tax.

With all precincts reporting results on Wednesday morning, 69.56 percent of voters were approving the tax, just ahead of the 66.7 percent needed. Some provisional and election-day mail-in ballots were still uncounted.

The 30-year tax measure, nearly identical to one that narrowly failed in 2012, would extend an existing half-cent sales tax and tack on another half cent.

Measure BB would devote most of its money — nearly $5 billion — to transit, bicycle and pedestrian improvements, including $400 million toward a Livermore BART extension and $1.5 billion to boost AC Transit service.

Roughly $3 billion would go to streets and highways — mostly for maintenance but also for new interchanges on Interstate 80 and carpool lanes on Interstate 680.

Michael Cabanatuan is a San Francisco Chronicle staff writer. E-mail: [email protected]
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Old November 5th, 2014, 09:23 PM   #809
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What are chances of extending BART to Tracy?
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Pretty low, I think. Tracy is in a county that is not a member of BART. It's also very costly to build electrified rail through the Altamont valley.
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Old November 5th, 2014, 09:31 PM   #811
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I think BART, Caltrain, ACE, SMART, SamTrans, MUNI, VTA should all become a single macro-metro entity.
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The challenge for that proposal: you've got a HUGE diversity of transportation needs for each county it represents, and BART, Caltrain, and ACE have completely different agendas they deal with. It is not that easy to consolidate all transit entities into one mega-agency, but, that could cause too much bureaucracy in the process, especially concentrated in San Francisco and San Jose...
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What are chances of extending BART to Tracy?
None. Here is a link to a survey on how to improve BART:

http://www.futurebart.org/

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I think BART, Caltrain, ACE, SMART, SamTrans, MUNI, VTA should all become a single macro-metro entity.
As fieldofdreams pointed out, the Bay Area is too vast and diverse. Here in Sonoma Co. (500,000 people), we are semi-rural, which is vastly different from San Francisco, which is different from the East Bay, which is different from San Jose (2.5 hours away from Sonoma). The MTC (Metropolitan Transportation Commission) oversees coordination, planning, and funding for the nine-county Bay Area. This system is a balance of system integration/cohesion and local control.
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Wouldn't be a good policy to allow more counties to join BART?

I've already said I think at least Caltrain and BART should become one unified system, maybe with an expansion to Santa Clara.
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I don't think BART would be against having more counties join, but it's really up to the counties. Just look at Marin, which pulled out more than a half-century ago.
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Which KILLS me. Coming from the North Bay, I would love nothing better than a train running under the Golden Gate and into SF. Alas.
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Which KILLS me. Coming from the North Bay, I would love nothing better than a train running under the Golden Gate and into SF. Alas.
You know, I share the same view as you. I truly wish Marin considered bringing BART to the region a long time ago... but, SMART is a good start for us in terms of rail service. And Golden Gate Transit is doing a fabulous job transporting commuters between the North Bay, SF, and Contra Costa counties.

And btw, in which part of Santa Rosa you live in? I currently live in Novato btw...
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How difficult would it be to connect BART to Marin? My understanding is that an underground line near the GG Bridge is not possible because of the depth/currents. And obviously there would be no support for retro fitting the GG bridge to accommodate BART.
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How difficult would it be to connect BART to Marin? My understanding is that an underground line near the GG Bridge is not possible because of the depth/currents. And obviously there would be no support for retro fitting the GG bridge to accommodate BART.
It can be quite difficult, especially if we look into aligning the line via Richmond and creating a tunnel close to the Richmond Bridge to connect it to San Rafael. Not to mention that the landing in San Rafael (at the Canal District) is quite heavily developed, especially with apartment buildings... it can be done, though, with redevelopment. And, if it were me, I would continue it further to serve Novato, Petaluma, and eventually Santa Rosa.
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SMART is a good start for us in terms of rail service. And Golden Gate Transit is doing a fabulous job transporting commuters between the North Bay, SF, and Contra Costa counties. And btw, in which part of Santa Rosa you live in? I currently live in Novato btw...
I'm from Napa actually (don't live there now, but my parents still do and I'm back there or in SF every few weeks), so the chance of train service ever being useful to me is even more remote. But I agree, SMART is a good start, and GG Transit definitely does a good job bridging the gap. It just feels like, if you have to ride the train all the way from Santa Rosa to Tiburon, and THEN take a bus into the City, that service is going to be used a lot less than a rail line that goes the whole distance.
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