Rail-Related News, September 22 – October 7, 2019

North County Transit pushes to preserve funding for more Coaster commuter rail locomotives

BART weighs various fare gate designs, the successful ones may come from Muni

BART cancels plan for costly platform safety barriers

Extension of BART to downtown San Jose may be delayed until 2030

More on BART extension to downtown San Jose delay

Marin officialdom scrutinize pitch for $100 billion Bay Area transportation measure

New Mexico Rail Runner commuter train a good comparison to SMART

BART’s wish list for $100 billion “Faster Bay Area” measure: 2nd Transbay Tube, new fare gates, and much more

Existing BART extension to miss 2019 opening, yet more delays (“it’s complicated”)

BART’s new general manager seeking public input as he confronts challenges

A slight diversion from rail: S.F. Muni’s new trolley buses can now go off wire for significant distances

From the Dark Side(tm) Dept.: Average commute time in the U.S. reached new record in 2018

L.A. Metro Foothill Gold Line light rail to Pomona officially under construction

The Good Guys Win For Once(tm) Dept.: “High Desert Freeway” (sic) between Palmdale and Victorville dies deserved death

“Transportation for America” no longer advocating for increased federal funding for transportation

And the Sun Rises in the East(tm) Dept.: People hate long commutes

Contrary to transit critics, transit ridership is rising in some cities; here’s why

From the Dark Side(tm) Dept.: Gas prices near $5.00/gal in some places in SoCal

Commuter rail’s potential is untapped

Renaming LA transit lines confusion

The Northeast Corridor, Seattle and Portland easiest places to live car-free, according to Richard Florida

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Rail-Related News, August 21 – September 21, 2019

“Cheatin’ The Man” with new cars with no license plates GONE: Bay Area bridge cheating down 75% since new rule new cars have temporary plates

Dedication of Fairfield/Vacaville train station two years after opening

More on Phoenix light rail defeat for (now one) Koch brother (62% support continued LRT construction)

Sacramento light rail operator: “By the time I realized he [a maintenance train] was on my track, it was too late.”

BART upgrades digital signs at stations

San Francisco cable cars to be down ten days for gearbox replacements

Marin-Sonoma proposing to close schedule gaps, extend to “near” Larkspur ferry terminal

Among other things, new BART station signs will indicate when trains of new cars are coming

Powell Street BART station to stop selling paper tickets

Marin County could have had BART but Bay Area backroom politics stopped it

From the Dark Side Dept.(tm): Why Uber isn’t “sharing” anything

The homeless were pushed from BART stations, then onto trains, often annoying regular passengers

From the Dark Side Dept.(tm):San Diego area freeway cheerleaders mad at regional planning agency for change in emphasis to transit

They Never Got Over Buck Rogers Syndrome Dept.: “Flying Cars” (sic), er, Flying Robotaxis for Bay Area

BART approves purchase of new headquarters in light of skyrocketing office rents

From the Dark Side Dept.(tm): Meet the Hyped Loop True Believers, parting with their VC investment monies

Sonoma County supervisors at odds where 3rd Santa Rosa SMART rail station should be: Fulton or South Santa Rosa?

BART to spend nearly $100 million to replace 41 escalators

BART’s experimental “guillotine” faregates at Fruitvale station get the ax

Advocates call for San Francisco Muni service that can cross S.F. in 30 minutes

With events at SF Giants stadium and new Warriors arena, transit prevents massive traffic jams

San Francisco’s Central Subway delayed yet again to 2021

New rail line in Fort Worth construction was under budget; proposed to be extended to large medical center

From the Dark Side Dept.: State Legislature passes measure to turn Uber & Lyft drivers into employees; both companies mull ballot measure to overturn new law

BART drivers claim locked doors between cars might be emergency, fire hazard

California PUC demands immediate safety steps after Sacramento LRT crash

Santa Rosa to continue seeking Jennings Ave pedestrian crossing of SMART

San Francisco’s newest subway may emerge on the west side, if funding can be found

High speed rail’s mishandling of property purchases adds to delays and cost overruns

San Francisco’s latest subway may be built on West Side near San Francisco State University

Location of a crucial meeting in creation of BART found

Seattle to move forward with downtown streetcar connector project

High-speed rail board adopts Central Valley to San Jose proposed route, though there is no funding

SMART takes conservative approach to proposed sales tax renewal/

After extensive public pressure, Clipper to take a look at integrated Bay Area transit fares

Muni cutting F line service due to shortage of operators

Who is behind efforts to improve Bay Area public transit

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Rail-Related News, August 6th-26th, 2019

SMART train at San Rafael. Source: SMART

SMART lays groundwork for sales tax renewal by voters in 2020; otherwise financial crisis starting in 2024

Uber, Lyft responsible for major increase in San Francisco traffic congestion

San Francisco Muni opens new light rail platform for Warriors’ arena

Salesforce Transit Center reopens to buses after nearly a year

“Are you a seat hog?” and other tales of BART riders from Hell

New director S.F.’s Central Subway shares his strategy to speed up project opening

S.F. Muni Metro subway to shut early evenings for maintenance work

California makes progress in cutting greenhouse gas emissions, though not in transportation

Southern California Metrolink hits ridership record for FY 2019

Sacramento Regional Transit negotiating for up to 76 new low-floor LRVs

Funding obtained to extend L.A. Metro Gold Line light rail to Pomona and Montclair (San Bernardino County)

Amtrak wants to extend its Michigan service to Toronto, Canada

San Francisco’s oldest cable car in service again

Maps compare BART’s footprint to other major urban rail networks around the world

Weekend track work on BART Concord line delays traffic on Highway 24

California Coastal Commission nixes trenching fix for crumbling Del Mar bluffs

BART discontinues paper ticket sales at first San Francisco station

Why people get so crazy at times on BART

Amid protests, SF board names Chinatown subway station for Rose Pak, notorious political activist

Super commuters continue to multiply in California due to lack of housing in high employment areas

San Diego’s plan to “level playing field” between autos and transit delayed yet again

Passenger survey says BART stations are getting cleaner, particularly elevators

In stretching the First Amendment like taffy, the ACLU says BART ban on panhandling and busking unconstitutional

Marin-Sonoma SMART Board of Directors mull strategies for financial future, tax renewal

Virgin Trains begins building 125 mph segment to Orlando, Florida

BART to add “infill” station in Fremont between downtown and Warm Springs stops

More on new Irvington BART station in Fremont

Sonoma-Marin SMART begins testing Larkspur extension

One percent regional sales tax may be on 2020 Bay Area ballot for $100 billion transportation “mega-measure”

More on Marin-Sonoma SMART tax extension proposed for 2020 ballot

New Hudson Tubes project between New Jersey and New York reduces projected budget by $1.4 billion

Sacramento Blue Line light rail derailment on August 22nd injures 13, under investigation

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Rail-Related News, July 15-Aug 5, 2019

Sometimes, minor changes to this map “triggers” (sic) some BART riders (see story below)

SMART reconsiders the role of “quiet zones” in light of recent “suicides by train”

Minor changes in system maps have riled up BART riders in the past

Since Brightline decided they need more stations between Miami and West Palm Beach, cities vie for the new stops

SMART chief calls for community efforts to end streak of “suicides by train”

Caltrain proposes potential fare increases

How transportation works in the civilized parts of the world, unlike the U.S.: Stockholm and Copenhagen

Sorry, you now can’t buy Chinese trains with Federal money

BART to install new bike straps on all rolling stock

From the Dark Side (humor): CHP catches carpool cheater with dummy in shotgun seat. Hey dummy, you don’t need the dummy if you took the bus or train

The rest of the world has high-speed rail. Why doesn’t the U.S.?

Sticker shock on price for BART’s “fancy tents” to cover escalators on Market Street in S.F.

Caltrain proposes BART-like frequent service on its route

Caltrain’s $25 billion growth plan

Bay Area business “Powers That Be” floating $100 billion measure to permanently fix traffic

Why do the new Caltrain electric cars have two sets of doors, one 4 feet off the ground?

New BART “inverted guillotine” fare gates ridiculed for “hostile design” (sic)

Many startup companies abandoning suburbs for cities with good transit

Two more BART stations getting elevator attendants to keep the “poop” under control

Insider gets appointed new BART General Manager to replace Grace Crunican

Plan by California legislators would shift billions from high-speed rail to other rail projects in state

From the Dark Side(tm): Frightening vision for cities taken over by robocars

More on BART paper ticket sales being discontinued

Is Caltrain electrification behind schedule?

Interview with Los Angeles Metro CEO Phil Washington

Should high-speed rail continue? “Influencers” weigh in

$7 million allocated for a new parking garage at Dublin-Pleasanton BART station

Are BART’s “guillotine” fare gates stopping fare jumpers? Well, no…

110-125 mph trains could be boon for Bay Area and Central Valley, perhaps arriving a decade or more sooner than high-speed rail

New York Subway upgrades to “tap and go” fare cards from sliding cards

Opinion: California leaders abandoning futile bullet train plans

After 20 years of driving into S.F., here’s what a Chronicle reporter learned after 90 days using BART

Noise claims down 73% after BART changes how it reprofiles BART car wheels

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Rail-Related News, June 15 – July 14, 2019 (Part 2)

BART’s new “French” (sic) style fare gates (don’t lose your head!)

College town in New York state wants its trains back after half a century since they were killed

Yet another study delivered on upgrading the Altamont Corridor

California state budget includes funding for stabilizing Del Mar Bluffs

Caltrain planning to operate more late-night trains for special events

The rapid rise of Spain’s high speed trains; may take over some French services

BART looks the other way with panhandlers

When will California high-speed rail begin service to the Bay Area?

BART chief says only 5% of riders cheat on fares, not 15% as claimed by grand jury

Why BART ridership has declined despite booming economy

BART’s new “guillotine” fare gates getting attacked on social media

Why BART doesn’t have 24-hour service, and other questions

What happened to California’s high-speed rail project? A rundown

Turning around San Francisco’s Muni Metro subways

Americans must drive due to auto-oriented land use, but also by law

High-speed rail could run at ground level with grade crossings on Bay Area entry

BART’s new fare gates inspire gallows humor

From the Dark Side(tm): Americans shouldn’t have to drive, but The Law insists on it

SMART installs safety upgrades at deadly Rohnert Park pedestrian crossing

BART puts up signs limiting bathroom usage to 10 minutes, in effort to fight junkies

Virgin Trains (formerly Brightline) considers adding 3 more stations between Miami, Ft. Lauderdale in Florida

U.S. Navy will consider redevelopment of surplus base property as “Grand Central Station ” for San Diego

Foothill Gold Line moves forward with new plan for NOT widening White Avenue in La Verne

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Rail-Related News, June 15 – July 14, 2019 (Part 1)

Latest CanadianLRT opened late June, 2019 in Kitchener-Waterloo, Ontario

BART plans to stop selling paper tickets by the end of 2019

BART to receive $300 million to begin project to expand Transbay Tube capacity

Little annoyances on BART that passengers can do something about

New light rail system opens in Waterloo, Ontario (Canada)

State of California approves inspector general to ride herd on BART

How BART “sweeps” trains to ensure no homeless people camp overnight in the yard

Violent crime on BART doubles in four years due to lack of police, presence on trains, fare evaders

From the Dark Side: Late 40’s plan to destroy the Bay and Bay Area with giant dikes, dams and freeways

Only one BART fare evader has paid fines, out of 6,000+ tickets

S.F. Muni fixes safety issues on new light rail cars

San Francisco appoints task force to review Muni service, make improvement recommendation

If your dog rides transit, he/she may need a Clipper Card (like a kid)
(Cats have to stay in their boxes!)

As BART fare evaders run amok, critics on social media pounce

LA Metro approves Union Station run-through tracks without overhead concourse

Grand Jury reports says Santa Clara County VTA is most expensive, lease efficient transit system in the U.S.

Bay Area transit managers consider their bureaucratic interests rather than the public, “punt” on fare integration

Salesforce Transit Center in San Francisco reopens–at first without buses

Silicon Valley “powers that be” still want Airport connection, despite failure of “personal rapid transit”

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