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Old December 12th, 2014, 08:37 PM   #861
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Well, that didn't take long.

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The Airport connector shuttle between Coliseum and Oakland Airport on the Oakland Airport Line is currently out of service until further notice due to an equipment problem on the track. Parallel bus service is available on the AC Transit bus 73.
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Old December 12th, 2014, 08:51 PM   #862
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...and this is why cable-powered systems were replaced by electric ones on street railways 100 years ago. Why did this lesson need to be re-learned?
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Old December 13th, 2014, 11:46 PM   #863
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Construction of Yerba Buena/Moscone station, 9th December, taken from official Central Subway blog:
http://www.centralsubwayblog.com/

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Old December 17th, 2014, 07:32 PM   #864
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Transbay Center progress:

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Old December 24th, 2014, 10:45 PM   #865
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Timelapse of Central Subway's 2 TBM, finished run at North Beach shaft:

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Old December 24th, 2014, 10:47 PM   #866
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Also on Muni's CS, preparation for the portal work has begun underneath 4th Street between Harrison and Bryant:
http://www.centralsubwayblog.com/blo...14-jan-2-2015/

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Old January 5th, 2015, 11:50 PM   #867
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San Jose VTA light rail - scheduled closing of Evelyn station in Mountain View, CA

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Evelyn Station Now Closing Later Than Originally Announced

Although it had been previously announced the Evelyn Light Rail Station in Mountain View would be closing permanently on Monday, January 5, 2015, the closure is now expected to take place later in January or February.

At the time of the original announcement, VTA had anticipated the construction contract for Phase 2 of the Mountain View Double Track Project would already have been awarded, with work slated to commence early in January 2015.

Now, however, the construction contract is scheduled to be approved at the January 8 VTA Board of Directors meeting. The new station closing date will be identified after VTA confers with the contractor hired to do the work.

The station is being closed and demolished to make way for a second light rail track that will provide enhanced system efficiencies, including better connections to the Mountain View Station, where many light rail passengers connect with Caltrain services.

At present a single track between the Mountain View and Whisman stations limits light rail service in the Mountain View area. Other project benefits include better service for special events at Levi’s Stadium and a new connection to the BART Station in Milpitas that VTA anticipates opening in 2017.

When originally opened in 1999, the Evelyn Station was envisioned as an overflow outlet for the nearby Mountain View Station. However, weekday ridership averages less than 70 people a day and these riders are being encouraged to use either the nearby Mountain View or Whisman stations.

Part of the Evelyn Park & Ride lot will be used as a construction staging area but there are no current plans to close the parking lot as part of the Mountain View Double Track Project.

To sign up to receive project e-mail updates, visit www.vta.org/lre-mv and click on the blue envelope icon in the upper right hand corner of the page.
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ymoQVvpTLWE
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Old January 14th, 2015, 02:00 PM   #869
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San Francisco extends Siemens LRV order
Wednesday, January 14, 2015



THE mayor of San Francisco Mr Edwin Lee announced on January 13 that San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) will exercise a $US 210m option with Siemens for 40 additional SF200 low-floor LRVs, taking the total number of vehicles on order to 215

SFMTA signed a $US 648m contract with Siemens last year for 175 SF200s, and the first prototype vehicle will be delivered in December 2016 with a further 23 units due to arrive by 2018.The LRVs will be assembled at Siemens' Sacramento plant in California.

The board of SFMTA approved the option for 40 additional vehicles last week and the agency will seek up to $US 153m in cap-and-trade funding from the California state government with the remaining $57m coming from its own resources

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Here's sad news from San Francisco Muni...
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Old January 18th, 2015, 03:01 PM   #871
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They're retiring the New Flyer trolleybuses not ETi škodas? Have they thought of replacing them with some new trolleybuses? or is electric transport still taboo in the states?
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The first paragraph of the memo states that new trolleybusses wil begin arriving in February. It does not give the manufacturer. This memo seems to be an emergency plan to maintain service levels until the new trolleybusses arrive.
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Old January 18th, 2015, 09:05 PM   #873
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Pretty sure they will be New Flyer buses with Skoda-propulsion, like they have in Boston and Vancouver. Since those are one of the few trolleybuses available that would be Buy America compliant.
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Old January 18th, 2015, 09:22 PM   #874
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They're retiring the New Flyer trolleybuses not ETi škodas? Have they thought of replacing them with some new trolleybuses? or is electric transport still taboo in the states?
Yes. Those buses were, on average, 20+ years old and broke down fairly often (1 breakdown every 400 miles or 640 km). Consider that, in a day, a bus here travels roughly 100 miles (160 km). So, divide 400 miles by 100/day, and you get 4 days. A bus breaking down that often is considered to be unproductive... and if it is out of service for a long period of time due to periodic repairs, chances are that the rest of the fleet can be sacrificed. I have a picture of one such articulated trolleybus being towed away to a bus yard south of Downtown (called Potrero)...

And yes, San Francisco Muni is in the process of mass-scale fleet renewal wherein over 100 new, low-floor, hybrid buses from New Flyer (the Xcelsior XDE40) have been delivered. Those are in the 86xx and 87xx series, in which the main difference between them lies in the seating arrangement, especially around the handicapped areas.

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The first paragraph of the memo states that new trolleybusses wil begin arriving in February. It does not give the manufacturer. This memo seems to be an emergency plan to maintain service levels until the new trolleybusses arrive.
Yes. The new articulated trolleybuses will again come from New Flyer, which is also the Xcelsior series. Called the XT60, it is similar to the XD60 found with AC Transit (below), with added power source and poles.


DSC09473 by anthonynachor, on Flickr[/url]

For the meanwhile, buses that have been deployed out of Islais Creek, located southeast of Downtown, are used. To make it happen, drivers from two yards, named Kirkland and Woods, are shuttled to and from Islais Creek, in which 40-foot Neoplans are assigned to the mentioned routes:

- 14-Mission
- 14L-Mission Limited
- 41-Union
- 49-Van Ness/Mission

And by the way, here's the bus type that was retired abruptly days ago:


DSC04277 by anthonynachor, on Flickr
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Old January 19th, 2015, 10:54 AM   #875
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Re. BART broad gauge
another story (urban legend??) is that the broad gauge was chosen to satisfy/mollify Southern Pacific Railroad, then as now (in the form of UPRR) hostile to passenger rail services, which was worried a standard gauge system would potentially appropriate SP-owned tracks and rights of way.
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I'd say it's just a myth. BART specifically chose the Indian gauge, not only to accommodate even more riders (due to its wider width), but it is quite better in handling tight turns at fast speeds. And by the way, I believe that BART barely touches any of the conventional railroad tracks that, if ever, would be incompatible for its current trains.
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I heard that BART gauge was for earthquake stability.

Never realized it was Indian gauge, though.
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The urban myth (?) I heard was the exact opposite. For the original bond campaign, broad gauge was chosen to mollify the NIMBYs and assure them that no nasty old freight trains would ever be running through their neighborhoods.

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Bump...

San Francisco Muni will launch a new (albeit temporary) bus line that will traverse through 16th Street to accommodate the opening of the new UCSF Medical Center at Mission Bay (at Mission Bay Blvd & 4th Street) and UCSF Mission Bay Campus. It will be called the 55-16th Street, in which it will mirror the 22-Fillmore and 33-Stanyan between Mission Street and Potrero Avenue.

Inbound terminal: 16th Street/Mission BART
Outbound terminal: UCSF Medical Center (Mission Bay Blvd & 4th Street)

It will be...

- A daily service
- Operating with a 15-minute headway weekdays (6am to 7:30pm), 20-minute headway weeknights (7:30pm to midnight) and weekends (6am to midnight)
- A prelude to a full-time 22-Fillmore service that will serve all the way to the UCSF Mission Bay campus (through the Overhead Wire Installation Project currently underway as part of its Muni Forward program)

The 55-16th Street service will have a soft launch on 26 January (this Monday), with a full-blown launch on the 31st of January (next Saturday). It makes me want to check it out on its first day of service...

More details here (PDF, flyer, complete with stops and announcements in Chinese and Spanish)
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Construction of the portal on 4th Street under the I-80 overpass:
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