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Old January 10th, 2017, 07:38 AM   #1421
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Enjoy this while it lasts... the VTA has debuted a new livery, which I despise.

VTA light rail, old livery, bound for Santa Teresa at Civic Center LR


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Old January 10th, 2017, 08:05 AM   #1422
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The whole "70% frequency, 30% coverage service" is a very abstract point that is difficult to understand. I had trouble comprehending those aspects of Jarrett's slide deck (maybe it is intended towards transit planners and not the general public).
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Old January 10th, 2017, 08:34 AM   #1423
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Okay, let me describe it in layman's terms. Let's pretend we have a total of 20 buses in your fleet (with 5 additional, spare buses on standby if anything happens)...

70% frequency, 30% coverage
In this setup, you will need to allocate around 12 to 14 buses for peak-hour services on the busier lines, with the remainder (6 to 8) being used for neighborhood circulation.

85% frequency, 15% coverage
In this setup, you will have to up the game for providing service on the busier lines -- up to 17 buses -- to keep with demand. As a consequence, fewer buses (3) will be used for neighborhood circulation.

As you can see, with fewer buses for neighborhood circulation in the 85-15 setup (versus 70-30), you will eventually have to reduce services by either shortening operating times or eliminating (sections of or full) lines altogether.

This also ties to the question of transit planners and operators: would you rather have straight line services or meandering lines through communities? Let me describe this in an illustration:


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Basically, the straighter a transit line, you have the following advantages:

- Better predictability from an operator's and rider's point-of-view, time-wise
- Minimizes number of turns necessary to serve nearby attractions that can also be accessed by alternative means (walking or biking)
- More opportunities for developers to develop structures close to the transit line (through incentives)

Some of the downsides include:

- Issues with accessibility, especially for seniors and persons with disabilities, who may have to walk longer to get to a bus stop
- Less opportunities for flexible service, especially if a particular attraction of importance is located slightly away from the supposed straight route
- If buses speed up along the corridor, the higher the incidence of bus bunching could occur

On the other hand, providing ample coverage is great if you have a suburban community where roads do not provide through routes parallel to one another. Aside from the downside of lower frequencies (above), the other downsides of coverage service include:

- More turns could inhibit the use of longer buses, especially if a corridor gets quite a lot of demand
- There will be areas where ridership can be so low, it may not be cost-beneficial to operate a bus through such neighborhoods
- Circuitous routing can make the ride longer than necessary, especially if the relative distance is much shorter if done in a straighter manner
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Old January 13th, 2017, 08:31 AM   #1424
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San Francisco MTA to unveil first Siemens railcar today:
http://www.metro-magazine.com/rail/n...um=Enewsletter
https://twitter.com/siemensusa/statu...35164821078016

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Old January 16th, 2017, 03:53 PM   #1425
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From San Francisco Examiner

http://www.sfexaminer.com/first-trai...-debut-summer/

First train from Muni’s new fleet unveiled, set to debut by summer
January 15, 2017 2:19 pm





San Franciscans will be able to enjoy brand new light rail vehicles later this year, when the San Francisco Municipal Railway is set to debut it’s fleet of state-of-the-art trains, Muni officials announced today.

During a preview at the Muni Metro East Maintenance Facility, located at 601 25th St., Muni officials along with Board of Supervisors President London Breed unveiled a train from the new fleet

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Old January 16th, 2017, 04:06 PM   #1426
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..before I even read that these are made by Siemens, I was totally like "oh, the color scheme reminds me very much of our Siemens subway here in Vienna, Austria (so called "V-Zug")

Looks nice
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Old January 16th, 2017, 04:56 PM   #1427
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The paint scheme is derived from the original MUNI paint scheme:

http://www.streetcar.org/streetcars/1-1-muni-1912/
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Old January 24th, 2017, 04:15 AM   #1428
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"Extension to Warm Springs BART still months away from possible completion"

http://www.bizjournals.com/sanfranci...nths-away.html
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Old January 24th, 2017, 06:37 AM   #1429
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...and speaking of BART, new update for Silicon Valley extension
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gya75feW36M

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Old January 24th, 2017, 07:04 AM   #1430
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From San Francisco Examiner

http://www.sfexaminer.com/first-trai...-debut-summer/

First train from Muni’s new fleet unveiled, set to debut by summer
January 15, 2017 2:19 pm





San Franciscans will be able to enjoy brand new light rail vehicles later this year, when the San Francisco Municipal Railway is set to debut it’s fleet of state-of-the-art trains, Muni officials announced today.

During a preview at the Muni Metro East Maintenance Facility, located at 601 25th St., Muni officials along with Board of Supervisors President London Breed unveiled a train from the new fleet

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I hope I will get a ride on it while it is being tested so that I will get a feel for that new light rail vehicle. And oh, it now features the next generation Clipper card reader too!
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Old January 24th, 2017, 07:13 AM   #1431
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It looks good
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Old February 17th, 2017, 02:46 AM   #1432
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The latest chapter in the Warm Springs saga....

http://www.sfchronicle.com/bayarea/m...o-10926575.php

BART has plenty of staffers at station with no trains or riders
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Old February 18th, 2017, 07:50 AM   #1433
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A setback for Caltrain electrification and Peninsula HSR

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U.S. Department of Transportation puts off OK of key $647-million grant related to California's bullet train
Feb 17, 2017 1pm
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The U.S. Department of Transportation has deferred a decision on a $647-million grant that would help Caltrain electrify a section of track between San Jose and San Francisco, a project crucial to California’s struggling high-speed rail project.

The decision not to approve the grant by a key Friday deadline may be an early sign of the Trump administration's view of the bullet train project. The line is already under construction and will need significant federal funding moving forward.

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Caltrain requested the federal money as part of a $2-billion project to replace diesel locomotives with electric trains. The electrification is important to the high-speed rail project because its trains would eventually use the same tracks and electrical system.
http://www.latimes.com/local/califor...217-story.html

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Old February 18th, 2017, 06:01 PM   #1434
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Like I said.

What it SAYS and what it DOES are two very different things.
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Old February 19th, 2017, 04:15 AM   #1435
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needs to be moved to the Northern California Commuter Rail thread
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Old February 19th, 2017, 04:31 AM   #1436
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Its a form of public transport.

Its in the Bay Area.

Its okay here.
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Old February 19th, 2017, 05:37 AM   #1437
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needs to be moved to the Northern California Commuter Rail thread
Your obsession with keeping commuter rail out of this thread is getting old. While I appreciate your contributions, we would appreciate if you stop telling us how we should have our thread organized from the other side of the country. Feel free to repost the article in the commuter rail thread, but the fact is, this is the main transportation thread that we would like to use. Thanks in advance for your cooperation.
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Old February 19th, 2017, 10:52 AM   #1438
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I will have the last say...

CA HSR through the Bay Area is an integral part of the region's transportation network. In fact, it is highly encouraged to share that depressing report here since Caltrain and CA HSR will essentially share tracks along the current Caltrain corridor between Gilroy and San Francisco. So, it's my decision that the report stays here.

If you have any more concerns, please let me know.
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Old February 19th, 2017, 09:17 PM   #1439
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The paint scheme is derived from the original MUNI paint scheme:

http://www.streetcar.org/streetcars/1-1-muni-1912/
Interesting, I have to agree with austrian however that the paint scheme reminds one of the modern Viennese PT interior colour scheme.

See here: http://nahverkehr.wien/fahrzeuge/images/v/10.jpg
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I will have the last say...

CA HSR through the Bay Area is an integral part of the region's transportation network. In fact, it is highly encouraged to share that depressing report here since Caltrain and CA HSR will essentially share tracks along the current Caltrain corridor between Gilroy and San Francisco. So, it's my decision that the report stays here.

If you have any more concerns, please let me know.
I wasn't even thinking about CA HSR (and I don't think Woony was either). I was thinking about Caltrain.

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Interesting, I have to agree with austrian however that the paint scheme reminds one of the modern Viennese PT interior colour scheme.

See here: http://nahverkehr.wien/fahrzeuge/images/v/10.jpg
Even if its designed in Germany, why would a car made in Sacramento for service in San Francisco derive its paint from Austria (which is not Germany)?

Its also similar to the paint scheme used on the Breda cars that are being replaced.

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