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Old September 10th, 2017, 09:47 PM   #1501
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Transbay Terminal: The Grand Central of the West | San Francisco

It is more appropriate to call Transbay Terminal "The Penn Station of the West" as they are transformational in improving cross harbor transportation.
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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...
True. Functionally it is more like Penn Station than Grand Central, but most people from SF probably don't really know or care about the difference (in function), so it's more of a PR thing. They have to build up hype and a good image. If they called it the Penn Station of the West then that would be really sad. Penn Station is an absolute dump and has been getting a lot of bad publicity lately for deteriorating infrastructure and frequent derailments, so nobody should want to be the Penn Station of anything.

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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.
Oh God This would be complete PR suicide! The one place worse than Penn Station!
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Old September 14th, 2017, 04:23 AM   #1502
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Old September 26th, 2017, 10:01 AM   #1503
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So here's a special for you:

San Francisco Transit Riders is hosting its annual SF Transit Week (started Monday, will continue until Sunday), in which you get to choose from various events...

Tuesday and Wednesday: Trivia Nights at various bars

Wednesday: Advocacy Night in Visitacion Valley

Friday: PUBlic Transit CRAWL along the 22-Fillmore trolleybus line

Saturday: Adventures on the Ferry from SF to Oakland (for which I am hosting)

Sunday: Sunday Streets Finale in the Excelsior District

More details here

And here's a collage I made of the speakers who appeared on Monday's Transit Week Kickoff (Press Conference):

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Old September 28th, 2017, 04:08 AM   #1504
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Old September 28th, 2017, 04:17 AM   #1505
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Hahaha yep. The aim here is to use public transportation (aside from walking) to go bar hopping. Luckily, the line chosen for this year's event is along the 22-Fillmore, a trolleybus line that runs 24/7.
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Old November 11th, 2017, 08:43 PM   #1506
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SMART plans expansion

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Lupita C.A. waits on the SMART platform for a northboud train on Friday, September 29, 2017 in Petaluma, California. (BETH SCHLANKER/The Press Democrat)

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THE PRESS DEMOCRAT | November 10, 2017, 4:41PM
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Up and running for less than three months on a portion of its planned 70-mile route, the North Bay’s new commuter rail line is pursuing a plan to branch out to Solano County, where it would connect with the national rail system running from coast to coast.

The Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit system already owns 25 miles of track from Novato to the north end of Vallejo and would acquire use of the tracks from there to an Amtrak station at Suisun City.

“You gotta have a vision so you can get places,” said Farhad Mansourian, SMART general manager. At Suisun City, North Bay passengers could “go anywhere in the country,” he said.

The proposed extension, known as the Novato-Solano Hub, is included in the 2018 California State Rail Plan drafted by Caltrans as a blueprint for boosting ridership on the statewide rail and bus system from 110,000 daily trips currently to more than 1.3 million daily trips by 2040.

SMART officials said they were pleased to be included in the state plan and are seeking an $837,000 grant to pay for a feasibility study of the link to Suisun City.

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SMART’s eastward track intersects the north-south line at a “Y” connection in Novato and runs east along Highway 37, then north along Highway 121 to Schellville, where it jogs east over the Napa River to Vallejo.

The only part of the line that flooded last winter is at Schellville and that condition would have to be addressed, Mansourian said.

The extension would offer relief to traffic congestion on Highway 37, which he described as “a mess.”

You can reach Staff Writer Guy Kovner at 707-521-5457 or [email protected]. On Twitter @guykovner.
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Old November 23rd, 2017, 02:30 AM   #1507
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This may be boring for some, but here goes...

The big debate now is how to build the BART tunnel through downtown San Jose. BART (operator) wants to do cut-and-cover, while VTA (builder) wants a single bore, which will result in a station with two platforms - one above the other. VTA thinks the single bore will cause less disruption for businesses at street level, while BART doesn't like this as it would make it more difficult to quickly evacuate stations during emergencies.





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http://www.mercurynews.com/2017/11/2...-bart-project/
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Old November 27th, 2017, 08:40 PM   #1508
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From Metro Report

http://www.metro-report.com/news/lig...francisco.html

First Siemens LRV in service in San Francisco
27 Nov 2017





USA: The first of 219 Siemens S200 light rail vehicles for San Francisco’s Muni network has entered revenue service, the manufacturer announced on November 20.

San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency signed a $648m contract in September 2014 covering a firm order for 175 LRVs with options for up to 85 more. It subsequently exercised an option for 40 LRVs and then another for four

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Old December 4th, 2017, 12:55 AM   #1509
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Old December 4th, 2017, 04:18 AM   #1510
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Here is a rare occurrence on the San Francisco Cable Car, when it loses the cable and has to be pushed up the hill!
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Old December 14th, 2017, 06:43 PM   #1511
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"Transbay Transit Center to see first bus line Dec. 26"

http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/articl...e-12428775.php
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Old December 14th, 2017, 07:39 PM   #1512
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Exciting milestone! (Even if it’s more of a formality to demonstrate “substantial completion.”)

Question: what’s the status of the Beale Street pedestrian tunnel to Embarcadero Station?
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Old December 16th, 2017, 08:37 AM   #1513
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Exciting milestone! (Even if it’s more of a formality to demonstrate “substantial completion.”)

Question: what’s the status of the Beale Street pedestrian tunnel to Embarcadero Station?
I’m pretty sure that is part of phase 2.
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Old December 16th, 2017, 04:45 PM   #1514
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I believe the MUNI S200's are being assembled at Siemen's assembly line in Sacramento, CA.
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"A Muni 5-Fulton bus at the Transbay Transit Center in January 2018. The route was moved to the still-under-construction terminal in December 2017 to meet a federal funding deadline."

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Old January 9th, 2018, 11:08 AM   #1516
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Transbay Transit Center yesterday, by @joeciarallo

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Old January 12th, 2018, 07:57 PM   #1517
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"Opening of BART’s San Jose extension faces probable delay"

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Are there any talks about finishing a full circle of BART around the bay (Millbrae to San Jose)?
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Old January 15th, 2018, 10:33 PM   #1519
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Are there any talks about finishing a full circle of BART around the bay (Millbrae to San Jose)?
With Caltrain getting electrified I doubt there is reason to do this.
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"A Muni 5-Fulton bus at the Transbay Transit Center in January 2018. The route was moved to the still-under-construction terminal in December 2017 to meet a federal funding deadline."

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5-Fulton is a trolley-bus route, how come there is no wire??
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