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Old February 9th, 2016, 09:56 PM   #1241
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Personally, I'm sad that the original rendering from way back when has been long abandoned.

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Old February 10th, 2016, 08:09 PM   #1242
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SMART update:

"Station finish work is under construction is underway in Marin and Sonoma Counties. Crews started in San Rafael late last year and are moving northward. First, concrete is poured to create the foundation and walls, the station finishes (which include the shelter, trash cans, Clipper Card vending machines and tag on/tag off stations) will be added closer to the start of passenger service."






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Old February 20th, 2016, 11:48 AM   #1243
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This is big, if the idiots at SFMTA can actually follow up on this:

https://www.sfmta.com/sites/default/...20Strategy.pdf
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Old February 20th, 2016, 12:00 PM   #1244
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Old February 20th, 2016, 12:28 PM   #1245
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This is big, if the idiots at SFMTA can actually follow up on this:

https://www.sfmta.com/sites/default/...20Strategy.pdf
It always comes with a massive disclaimer:

Subject to financial and space constraints from the neighborhoods to City Hall to the Federal Government. The money and time spent on these projects do not necessarily reflect the realities found inside the Board of Supervisors and the Municipal Transportation Authority.

As much as I want to work for an agency like Muni, I would love to build experiences first with a private firm to test the waters and see my horizons being a city planner in the making.
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Old February 25th, 2016, 06:52 PM   #1246
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Another round of BART's station modernization plans to move forward

Dianne de Guzman Updated 8:48 pm, Wednesday, February 24, 2016


El Cerrito del Norte — concept art
A view of the station shows a glass facade and updated pedestrian space beneath the tracks, with the parking garage in the background.


El Cerrito del Norte — concept art
A closer view of the station's exterior.


El Cerrito del Norte — concept art
LED fixtures outside the station with seating areas and new bus shelters.


El Cerrito del Norte — concept art
The bike and pedestrian path along the Ohlone Greenway.


El Cerrito del Norte — Ohlone Greenway improvement concept art
BART and El Cerrito are partnering to improve the area that links both El Cerrito del Norte and El Cerrito Plaza stations.


19th Street/Oakland — concept art
Accent LED light fixtures are seen between the concourse and upper platform areas.


19th Street/Oakland — concept art
The proposed station upgrades would incorporate some retail spaces, new elevators and upgraded station booths among other things.


19th Street/Oakland — concept art
Art will also be possibly implemented into the station in more locations and signs to improve wayfinding at the station.


Market Street BART/Muni entrance canopy — concept art
A proposed canopy design meant to shelter the stations from the weather.


Powell Street — concept art
Halladie Plaza lobby.


Powell Street — concept art
Secondary lobby, with a designated area for art.


Balboa Park — concept art


While it may be hard to believe for many BART riders, the transportation system we all love and hate is about to start station upgrades at certain locations.

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Station improvements will be seen at El Cerrito del Norte, 19th Street/Oakland, Powell Street and the Balboa Park stations in the next two years, BART confirmed. This is the second round of improvements being made as part of BART's Station Modernization Program.

Along with station improvements, BART is also working with the city of San Francisco to upgrade entrances and escalators along Market Street. Plans are in place to add canopies over street-level entrances and improve "escalator durability" — which will hopefully mean that they will work, consistently.

Beyond the approved upgrades to the system, the Planning and Development Department took things a step further, making concept plans for improvements beyond those that are immediately scheduled...

As for now, some of the concept artwork is still an (unfunded) twinkle in the eye of BART's planning department. For the currently scheduled upgrades, however, BART confirmed a number of the construction timelines and improvements that will be happening at each station below:

El Cerrito Del Norte — construction estimated for fall 2016, ending fall 2018

Expand paid area, with upgrades to existing paid area
Two new elevators
New public bathrooms
New seating areas and new wind screens
New ceiling, lighting and flooring in the paid areas
Art mural additions in two locations
Upgrade station lighting
Improve signs both inside and outside of the station
Relocate bike racks/bike lockers

19th Street/Oakland — construction estimated for fall 2016, ending fall 2018

Replace fare barriers
Replace light fixtures with LED lights
Painting
Restore flooring
Art

San Francisco Market Street canopies — construction estimated for winter 2016, complete summer 2017

San Francisco Market Street escalators — construction estimated for winter 2016, complete summer 2019

Powell Street — construction estimated for spring 2016, ending Spring 2017

New ceiling and new LED lighting systems

Powell Street — construction estimated for spring 2017, ending spring 2019

Relocate ticket vending machines and break room
New glass wall
New art
Expanded paid area in the secondary lobby area

Balboa Park — construction estimated for winter 2016, ending winter 2018

New accessible pathways
New headhouse
New accessible Muni platform
Replace fare barriers
Pigeon mitigation
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Old February 25th, 2016, 07:08 PM   #1247
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Why does 19th Street have 2 levels?
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Old February 25th, 2016, 07:34 PM   #1248
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la la Giant Ghost BART Trains fthagn!!!

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Why does 19th Street have 2 levels?
Because they couldn't afford 3 levels?

But really, I seem to recall that it has something to do with a junction at that station.

nycsubway.org has track maps, I think.
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Old February 26th, 2016, 08:34 PM   #1249
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la la Giant Ghost BART Trains fthagn!!!
Yeah, that creeped me out when I first noticed it.

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But really, I seem to recall that it has something to do with a junction at that station.
Correct. 19th street is a timed transfer for north bound trains, so the 1st platform level is where commuters transfer between the Richmond and Pittsburg-Bay Point lines. After MacArthur (itself a timed transfer station for southbound commuters), those lines split to their appropriate directions. The lower platform is for the south bound trains.
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Old February 26th, 2016, 11:01 PM   #1250
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Good thing that at least one of the nations biggest metro systems is keeping up with times.
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Old March 3rd, 2016, 02:24 AM   #1251
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Update on construction of BART station in Milpitas, California, USA.

The station is on the BART extension to San Jose.

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Old March 3rd, 2016, 06:53 PM   #1252
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I didn't realize Milpitas BART is going to have a bus depot and connection to VTA light rail. I really hope that helps the light rail ridership!
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Old March 3rd, 2016, 09:53 PM   #1253
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How have they not set a date for the Warm Springs extension opening yet?
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Old March 8th, 2016, 06:10 AM   #1254
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A commuter train has derailed in the East Bay.

Train ACE 10 left San Jose at 6:38pm, scheduled to arrive Stockton at 8:50pm. Derailment apparently occured between Fremont and Pleasanton stations.



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Old March 8th, 2016, 07:15 AM   #1255
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Alameda County Sheriff's Department spokesman Sgt. J.D. Nelson says the Altamont Corridor Express (ACE) train No. 10 went off the tracks near Niles Canyon Road in a rural area of Alameda County and became partially submerged in the water. He confirms that a total of 14 people were taken to the hospital, four with serious injuries. There are no reports of any fatalities. There were 200 passengers on the train.

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More: http://abc7news.com/news/injuries-re...ounty/1235748/
No ACE service tomorrow.
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Old March 8th, 2016, 04:17 PM   #1256
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Tree on the tracks.

Wonder how that happened. Clearing efforts need work, it seems.
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Old March 10th, 2016, 10:06 AM   #1257
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Subway seat hogs could face $500 fine in controversial San Francisco proposal

The proposal for Bay Area Rapid Transit would penalize riders who occupy multiple seats and comes as urban transit network grapples with growth


Bart shuttles more than 420,000 customers every weekday.
Wednesday 9 March 2016 16.58 EST Last modified on Wednesday 9 March 2016 18.09 EST

Public transit riders in the San Francisco Bay Area could soon face tickets and hefty fines for hogging multiple seats – a sign of extreme overcrowding in the metropolitan area’s trains and the latest effort by a US transportation system to combat passengers’ rude behaviors, including so-called manspreading.
The Bay Area Rapid Transit (Bart) agency – which shuttles more than 420,000 customers per weekday in San Francisco and surrounding California cities and suburbs – is considering a new rule that would formally ban riders from spreading into multiple train seats, with an offense punishable by a fine of up to $500.
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Old March 10th, 2016, 10:10 AM   #1258
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Saw that on the local news here. I sometimes take up another seat for my backpack, especially if there is not a lot of passengers on board. I am willing to give up the extra seat, however, when prompted. There are just a few instances, however, where I may have to seat at an otherwise designated area for the handicapped: when I'm on a particularly crowded bus, and there's no elderly or handicapped person sitting on the designated blue seats, I take a spot there and sit until either I get off or someone who is elderly or handicapped boards so that I can give courtesy to them.

However, the rationale is proper: 10-car BART trains can really be a nightmare if you're not into crowded train cars, especially during rush hour.
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Old March 10th, 2016, 10:22 AM   #1259
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Why does 19th Street have 2 levels?
Actually, make that both 12th Street (Oakland City Center) and 19th Street stations with stacked train platforms.

The original plan was to have trains run on top of one another, such that:

==== Concourse Level ====

Richmond Train === Upper Island Platform === Pittsburg Train

Fremont Train === Lower Island Platform === San Francisco Train

The purpose was to make transfers between trains much easier by simply crossing over onto the opposing platform (or climbing one level up or down) to get to your train.

However, when BART did not get sufficient funds to build the fourth platform on the lower island floor for both 12th Street and 19th Street stations, the agency then abandoned the plan and went instead for a common side platform for the lower floor. It is surprising, however, that the stacked platforms are steady, especially with a very heavy train stopping on the upper deck while no trains are standing by on the lower deck. In addition, trains to San Francisco and Fremont alternate at both 19th and 12th Street stations such that the order of train arrivals are as follows:

Weekdays:
- San Francisco/SFO Airport
- Fremont
- San Francisco/Millbrae

Weeknights and Weekends:
- San Francisco/SFO Airport/Millbrae
- Fremont

With the SFO Airport and Fremont trains arriving up to 3 minutes apart.

For the upper level, trains run nearly in sync with one another, such that an arriving Richmond or Pittsburg train will hold for one another at 19th Street to facilitate cross-platform transfers, and both will leave at the same time.

The one with the most platforms that sparked the original four-platform idea was MacArthur Station, one station north of 19th Street wherein the platforms are as follows:

(Note: this is the typical train stopping layout; watch the destination headsigns carefully before boarding. Platforms listed from east to west)

Northbound/Eastbound:
Platform 1: to Richmond
Platform 3: to Pittsburg/Bay Point via Concord

Southbound/Westbound:
Platform 4: to SFO Airport (service to Millbrae weeknights and weekends)
Platform 2: to Millbrae (weekdays only) or Fremont (daily)
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