Rail-Related News, Monday, May 21, 2018

BART seeks state permission to close down notorious walkway at Powell Street station often overrun with drug users and homeless

“Spam in a Can” Mercury astronauts 55 years ago got a window, but you won’t in the unlikely event Hyped Loop actually becomes reality

13 Bay Area transportation projects get $660 million in SB-1 grants from state, mostly highways

Polls show voter support for bridge toll hike is “squishy” so backers of toll hike in panic mode

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Rail-Related News, Saturday, May 19, 2018

Elon Musk holds “info session” to claim how his tunnels might solve “soul-destroying” traffic congestion in Greater L.A. Elon, is that a railroad track at your feet?

The Dirty Truth about self-driving cars…Imagine a BART bathroom that hasn’t been cleaned for 24 hours or more…

Traffic or $9 Tolls? Which is worse for Bay Area drivers?

Who’s behind the Bay Area’s $3 toll hike proposal?

State grants another $700 million+ for L.A. Metro capital projects

Bakersfield approves conceptual plans for high-speed rail station

Streetsblog: Metro’s Excessive West Santa Ana Branch Cost Estimates Are for Wrong Type of Project

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Rail-Related News, Wednesday, May 16, 2018


Paris, France transit operators gains foothold in California. They also operate trains in Paris, so what are they up to?

San Francisco Central Subway contractor was aware it was using the wrong type of rails

Can private sector trains like Brightline reshape Florida transit, let alone transit in the rest of the U.S.?

High-speed rail board approves 2018 Business Plan that is mostly unfunded

L.A. Metro claims surface heavy rail would cost as much as subways. Call BART, who keeps surface extensions to about $200 million/mile+/-

California governor candidates steer clear of the high-speed rail issue, even the Republicans

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Rail-Related News, Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Larkspur SMART station (somewhat) near Golden Gate Transit Ferry Terminal starts to take shape

BART in Alameda? (if there is a second Transbay Tube…)

The Future of Transportation Includes Mass Transit, Naysayers to the Contrary

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Rail-Related News, Monday, May 14, 2018

Now “Hyped Tunnel”(tm) by Elon Musk. Musk claims he will offer demonstration rides to the public for his new tunnel under LA. Details lacking. http://money.cnn.com/2018/05/11/technology/elon-musk-boring-company-tunnel/index.html

Toronto subway riders get crabby! Literally.
http://www.thestar.com/news/gta/2018/05/10/crustaceans-sitting-in-their-own-ttc-subway-seats-leave-commuters-crabby.html

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Rail-Related News, Tuesday, May 7th to Friday, May 11th, 2018

S.F. Muni Metro Twin Peaks Tunnel to be closed over summer for repairs, shuttle buses substitute
http://www.sfexaminer.com/twin-peaks-subway-tunnel-close-summer-shuttle-buses-run-trains/

BART to receive second batch of new cars
http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/Second-batch-of-new-BART-cars-gets-OK-12899009.php

Uber reveals what it thinks is a “flying car” but actually a somewhat more efficient helicopter replacement
http://www.cnbc.com/2018/05/08/uber-flying-car-prototype.html

Comedy of Errors (but not if you’re a taxpayer!), Gummit Bureaucrats Edition Dept: Contractor lays down wrong kind of track for S.F. Muni Central Subway project
http://www.sfexaminer.com/city-says-central-subway-contractor-laid-3-2-miles-wrong-kind-track-prompting-new-delay/

New streetcar lines help produce new development, at least in some cities
http://www.masstransitmag.com/news/12411982/streetcars-play-an-expanding-role-in-downtown-revivals?utm_source=MASS+NewsViews+Newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=MASS180510005&rdx.ident%5Bpull%5D=omeda%7C0663B5119945H4U

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