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Old May 31st, 2017, 09:48 AM   #1481
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No, it's most appropriate to refer to it as the Port Authority Bus Terminal of the West since that's all it really is.
Here's the thing, though, with Transbay Terminal: it will also house the HQ of one of America's leading technology companies, Salesforce, while the lower levels will have adequate space for buses, pedestrians, and trains. It won't be as busy as PABT, but it will certainly make a great impression, especially with the changing skyline in San Francisco.
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Old June 1st, 2017, 03:50 PM   #1482
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Is the proposed BART extension to Santa Clara County making some progress?

I just find it annoying how San Fran-based Niners fans would have to use both Caltrain and then the VTA light rail to get to Levi's Stadium. Or how SF-based Sharks fans have to ride the Caltrain all the way to Diridon to get to the SAP Center.
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Or how SF-based Sharks fans have to ride the Caltrain all the way to Diridon to get to the SAP Center.
This is annoying for fans who live in a city that is different than where their team plays, but is it unduly annoying? The team is called the San Jose Sharks, so they play in downtown San Jose. So it makes sense that one would need to ride a train to San Jose Diridon station.
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Old June 1st, 2017, 06:16 PM   #1484
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Is the proposed BART extension to Santa Clara County making some progress?

I just find it annoying how San Fran-based Niners fans would have to use both Caltrain and then the VTA light rail to get to Levi's Stadium. Or how SF-based Sharks fans have to ride the Caltrain all the way to Diridon to get to the SAP Center.
It is definitely on its way, with Milpitas and Berryessa BART stations nearing completion. The more challenging question would be funding the remainder of the line (Downtown San Jose and Santa Clara, plus the new Santa Clara Maintenance Facility).

Well, San Francisco 49ers has its stadium far away from Caltrain and BART that you are forced to ride VTA light rail from either Mountain View Caltrain or Milpitas BART (once it opens, via Montague LR). As for the San Jose Sharks, you can take Caltrain to Diridon and walk a few minutes to SAP Center. And you forgot that we have a professional soccer team too, called the San Jose Earthquakes with MLS: it plays at Avaya Stadium in Santa Clara and one can ride the free shuttle Line 10 (for now; will be replaced by Line 60) from either Santa Clara Caltrain or Metro/Airport LR station.

Personally, I don't find it unduly annoying because it's not me who owns the teams... it's all the result of monetary deals between SF and Santa Clara County, with the greatest impact found in San Mateo County wherein those from the northern side of the county (closest to Candlestick) are forced to drive much further just to get to the stadium.
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Old July 8th, 2017, 02:58 PM   #1485
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When people think of "Grand Central", in their mind's eye they see the grand concourse of GCT.

When people think of Penn Station they think of a dingy underground rabbit warren.

It's a public perception thing...
The Grand Central Terminal was built as the best railroad terminal in the world but its capacity was permanently constrained by its terminal layout.

The Pennsylvania Station was built as the through station of the Cross Manhattan Railroad and its construction required razing several city blocks, causing some disruptions to the neighborhoods.
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Old July 16th, 2017, 06:48 AM   #1486
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Here's my treat to you... the long-awaited SMART train is now running, with free rides throughout July!

View the Preview Schedules Here
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Will that remain single-tracked or will it eventually be upgraded to double-track? Otherwise it will be severely limited in frequency.
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Will that remain single-tracked or will it eventually be upgraded to double-track? Otherwise it will be severely limited in frequency.
There are certain sections that are double tracked along the line, including:

- Novato: between Hamilton and Downtown (Ignacio Wye)
- Between San Marin and Downtown Petaluma stations
- Cotati Station

Other than that, it can be really challenging to double track the rest of the line, especially with...

- Environmental concerns (some tracks are located next to environmentally sensitive areas that require multiple clearances from Marin and Sonoma Counties, regional entities, and State and Federal regulatory boards)

- Lack of available space, especially around Downtown Petaluma SMART and the San Rafael track section between Civic Center and Downtown San Rafael stations

- Noise issues. Multiple communities now impose Quiet Zones which restrict train horn use, and double tracking will significantly increase noise levels in certain communities

- Land expropriation (and possible lawsuits), especially if we want to address lack of available trackage space

As much as SMART wants to provide high-quality service to its commuters, it has to start with what it already has at the moment. A good chunk of the current alignment is single tracked, with several double tracked sections strategically located on some parts of the rail line. It will take a lot of effort from both Marin and Sonoma Counties to introduce double tracking all along the line, and it will likely have to involve removing multiple structures in some communities (especially Petaluma and San Rafael) to accommodate it.
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From Rail Journal

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Bart Fleet of the Future trains begin daytime testing
July 21, 2017



SAN FRANCISCO Bay Area Rapid Transit (Bart) moved a step closer to the introduction of its Bombardier Fleet of the Future cars this week with the start of mainline testing during normal operating hours

An initial order for 260 vehicles was placed in 2012 and the first pre-series 10-car train was delivered in 2016. At least 35 cars are due to enter passenger service before the end of this year, subject to the successful completion of safety and reliability tests. At least 166 cars will be in service by the end of 2018, and the entire fleet of 775 cars will be delivered by autumn 2022

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The ultimate goal: operate over 1,000 Fleet of the Future (Bombardier) cars by around 2025, which will provide additional capacity needed to help future population and jobs growth in the region.
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Typical Sections of Existing Subways for Rapid Transit in American Cities, with Proposed Subway Section (1930)

Subway Report, City and County of San Francisco, Department of Public Works, Bureau of Engineering, M. M. O'Shaughnessy, City Engineer. Initial Program - Street Car Subways, Memorandum accompanying Preliminary Report to P. J. Ost.

Source: History Room, San Francisco Public Library, "SF Transit / Rapid / BART Reports (misc)" file.

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Here are a few IG sets of images I took with SF Muni and multiple agencies this week... so far.





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From Metro Report

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San Francisco trolleybus order placed
02 Aug 2017



USA: San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency has ordered 185 trolleybuses, New Flyer of America announced on July 26. The manufacturer will supply its 12 m long Xcelsior model.

The order is an option on a contract placed by King County Metro Transit in 2013. The agency serving Seattle placed a base order for 141 18 m trolleybuses, with options also able to be exercised by SFMTA

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Old August 18th, 2017, 04:29 AM   #1494
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SMART begins regular service on August 25!!
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I am sooo excited that SMART will finally start service next Friday, and it came all of a sudden too! What would your closest stop/s be? I have two choices (three soon) out of Novato: San Marin, Downtown (soon), and Hamilton.
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My profile says Santa Rosa but I actually live in Cotati, almost right next to the station. I am extremely excited as well! I loved the preview ride!
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Awesome! I will be in talks with my planner friend again with a transit agency here to share my ideas on how best to respond with SMART opening very soon... by enhancing transit services between San Rafael and Novato.
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Testing has now started for Silicon Valley BART as a BART train crossed into Santa Clara county for the first time. As a South Bay resident who is a transit-geek, this is a moment I have been waiting for years



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Is the Clipper card accepted on all rail services in Bay Area (SMART, Amtrak regional, ACE, Muni, BART, Caltrain)?
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Is the Clipper card accepted on all rail services in Bay Area (SMART, Amtrak regional, ACE, Muni, BART, Caltrain)?
No since it doesn't work on ACE or Amtrak regional. You can read more on https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clipper_card.
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