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Old October 21st, 2016, 01:58 AM   #1401
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Construction on a new northern entrance to the Santa Clara, California railway station (served by Caltrain, Amtrak and Altamont Commuter Express) begins 2016.11.02. Improved access will be provided to San Jose Earthquakes soccer stadium.



http://www.vta.org/News-and-Media/Co...Breaks-Ground#

Update on San Jose, California bus rapid transit:

http://www.vta.org/News-and-Media/Co...o#.WAlK0dUrK70
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Old October 21st, 2016, 06:15 AM   #1402
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That development is great, especially that it will give soccer fans an option to walk to Avaya Stadium some 10 minutes away by bus on VTA's Line 10 (a free service too). And it will allow potential development on the opposite side of the station where there's quite a lot of building opportunities... the area north of the station is quite a large brownfield.
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Old November 4th, 2016, 08:10 PM   #1403
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Update on potential BRT on Geary Boulevard in San Francisco.

https://www.sfmta.com/about-sfmta/bl...-rapid-transit
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Old November 11th, 2016, 12:31 AM   #1404
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Santa Clara County (Silicon Valley area) transit tax referendum

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Transportation tax Measure B won by a larger margin. It has garnered 70.96 percent of the vote as of Wednesday afternoon with all precincts reporting. It will impose a half-cent sales tax to fund an estimated $6.5 billion in transit upgrades through the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA), which will administer the monies countywide. About $1.5 billion would be dedicated to a BART extension to San Jose; about $900 million would be spent by Caltrain for the "grade separation" of roads from the railway; $1.2 billion would go to expressway, bicycle and pedestrian improvements and local street upgrades.
http://www.paloaltoonline.com/news/2...t-squeaking-by
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Old November 11th, 2016, 12:36 AM   #1405
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Voters in the San Francisco Bay area approved a bond that will be used to raise funds for BART maintenance

http://sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com/201...nfrastructure/

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Voters Approve Measure RR, $3.5 Billion BART Bond
November 9, 2016 6:13 AM

SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) – Voters in San Francisco, Alameda and Contra Costa counties voted Tuesday to pass Measure RR, a $3.5 billion regional bond measure to help improve BART’s transit infrastructure.

The measure required a two-thirds majority to pass. San Francisco voters passed it with 81.1 percent of the vote, and Alameda County voters passed it with 70.8 percent. Only 59.5 percent of Contra Costa County voters approved the measure, but voters throughout the three counties passed the measure with 70.1 percent.

Infrastructure to be improved includes 90 miles of severely worn tracks, water-damaged tunnels and 44-year-old train control systems, among other projects.

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Old November 19th, 2016, 12:04 AM   #1406
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"BART Ridership Dips For The First Time In Six Years, Budget Will Be Trimmed"

http://sfist.com/2016/11/18/bart_rid...he_first_t.php
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That will not discount the fact, though, that it will invest billions of dollars in replacing all of its existing fleet while expanding its capacity at the same time to reach nearly 1,100 vehciles.
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Old November 22nd, 2016, 11:23 PM   #1408
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"Berryessa BART Station is Taking Shape!"

http://www.vta.org/News-and-Media/Co...e#.WDS3T9UrK70

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Old December 4th, 2016, 10:20 PM   #1409
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"BART plans to ease overcrowding by removing some seats"

http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/articl...photo-11894010


Edward Evenson (right) rides in a BART car modified with single seats to ease congestion. Photo: Santiago Mejia, The Chronicle
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Old December 5th, 2016, 03:03 PM   #1410
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Fremont: Warm Springs BART station now likely won’t open until next year




FREMONT — With only four weeks left this year, it’s beginning to look like the new Warm Springs/South Fremont BART station isn’t going to open until 2017 despite earlier predictions that the project was on track to open before November after a series of delays.

BART officials acknowledged this week they still can’t nail down an opening date for the new station.

Article: http://www.eastbaytimes.com/2016/12/...til-next-year/


Will Warm Springs delay the opening of Berryessa? What a joke
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Old December 5th, 2016, 05:31 PM   #1411
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Construction on a new northern entrance to the Santa Clara, California railway station (served by Caltrain, Amtrak and Altamont Commuter Express) begins 2016.11.02. Improved access will be provided to San Jose Earthquakes soccer stadium.



http://www.vta.org/News-and-Media/Co...Breaks-Ground#
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http://www.vta.org/News-and-Media/Co...ossing-Update#
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Old December 10th, 2016, 06:17 PM   #1412
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December update of Central Subway construction:
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Old December 28th, 2016, 01:37 AM   #1413
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"BART's Ancient Computer Systems Are Holding Up Opening Of New Warm Springs/South Fremont Station"

http://sfist.com/2016/12/22/barts_an...ystems_are.php
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Old January 5th, 2017, 03:53 AM   #1414
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San Jose, California transit authority has a new logo.





http://www.vta.org/News-and-Media/Co...that-Move-You#

On 2017.04.10, expanded BRT service will be introduced in San Jose on bus 522.

http://www.vta.org/News-and-Media/Co...y#.WG2mKVUrK72
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Old January 7th, 2017, 02:45 AM   #1415
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San Jose, California transit authority has proposed to color-code its light rail lines.

They will be known as Green, Blue, Purple, Orange and Yellow.

Orange Line will be a new routing from Mountain View to Alum Rock, using existing tracks. It will be the sole line serving Mountain View as the Green Line is proposed to terminate at Old Ironsides station in Santa Clara.

Yellow Line is the current express routing from Santa Teresa in South San Jose to Baypointe in North San Jose. The proposal is to terminate Yellow Line at Saint James station downtown instead - no more service to the north side of town.

All lines except Yellow Line will run every 15 minutes all day seven days per week.



http://nextnetwork.vta.org/light-rail

Plan is scheduled to be implemented fall 2017.

http://nextnetwork.vta.org/
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Old January 9th, 2017, 07:28 PM   #1416
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After Berryessa BART station opens near downtown San Jose, service from the station to downtown will be supplied by bus Rapid 500, which will replace the downtown "DASH" shuttle. Frequency will be every 8 minutes during weekdays peak, every 15 minutes during week-days mid-day and Saturdays, and every 20 minutes on Sundays.



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I've actually attended that meeting in San Jose last Thursday wherein the Valley Transportation Authority approved the Draft System Map for the agency's Next Network program. A gist of it I can describe as follows:

Right now, it operates with a 70% frequency, 30% coverage service. However, the agency has a deficit running between $20 and $25 million, and its farebox recovery ratio (2015) stands at a dismal 11%. The VTA then resolved to address those key issues by bringing in famed transportation planner and author of Human Transit, Jarrett Walker, to develop the Next Network program in an aim to improve ridership on the busiest lines while trimming down unproductive services. Before Thursday, riders and residents were given the following scenarios:

- Keep the network as is at 70% frequency, 30% coverage
- 80% frequency, 20% coverage
- 90% frequency, 10% coverage

I personally recall answering a 80%-20% combination, especially one of my goals is to maintain some community bus lines in the neighborhoods and convert them into neighborhood circulators. However, as a result of extensive surveys and studies, Walker and the VTA went for a bolder 85%-15% combination, which would mean 50% of the coverage would be cut, resulting in a potential elimination of most community bus lines. However, that would mean bolstered frequencies on the busiest lines in the Valley, including Lines 22, 23, 66, 68, and 77, among others. And it also takes into account future connections at Milpitas BART and Berryessa BART, in which the VTA looks at adding Rapid services out of the latter station (Lines 500 and 523).

You can go ask me any more questions about that proposal since I have direct contacts with the Planning Department at the VTA, and I will do my best to post any replies from them as soon as possible.
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Here's something I haven't done for a while: posting my own transit photos.

A six-car BART train for Richmond at Fruitvale BART
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Been a while since I saw an A car, let alone one so clean and shiny.
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Both ends of that train are A cars. For some reason, Richmond trains have an A car on either end of a train set... sometimes found on trains coming out of Concord, but rarely out of Hayward (where you get trains for Dublin/Pleasanton).
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