Know how to press the right buttons is key to BART train operators’ job

Journal of an “unnecessary” trip across the U.S. via Amtrak long-distance train

A design for “very light rail” automated rail services

Utah wants to upgrade Front Runner from diesel to electric, more double-tracking for 15-minute service, but lacks the funding

Public transit infrastructure needs at least $232 billion according to American Public Transit Association

Contract disputes may further delay opening of S.F.’s Central Subway

Bay Area voters apparently willing to pay more sales taxes for transportation fixes, not so much for affordable housing

$100 million Kansas City streetcar fuels $2 billion+ real estate boom

Stubborn university guilty of federal science research fraud forces cancellation of light rail system in North Carolina

Lyft IPO funding extends company’s pending bankruptcy two more years to 2023

Rogue streetcar operator printed his own S.F. Muni timetables before Muni finally decided they needed to, too

A good use of congestion pricing revenues: improve regional train services

Seeing Canada by train

In a first, New York state legislators approve congestion pricing for Manhattan, using funds to rebuild subway system

Rail is a lot cleaner than driving or flying (and more fuel efficient, too, when operated properly)

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Rail-Related News, Monday, March 18, 2019

Advances in battery technology drive new approach to streetcar and bus projects

You can’t ride a train directly from Modesto to San Francisco, but that will change in the future

Facebook and other private money may drive new rail service across Dumbarton
SMART’s review of its fare structure could occur soon, or next year

[Commentary] Why not try a “faster” speed rail system first? It could work now

From the Dark Side Dept.: Lyft IPO shows billion dollar loss. Will the IPO succeed?

/And the Sun Rises in the East Dept: Improve transit service, increase ridership (and keep bums off the buses)

Trump plan to end high-speed rail funding “rash and unlawful”

New S.F. Muni Metro seats not popular with riders

BART fare gate jumpers rarely wind up paying tickets

Caltrain to sell naming rights to stations, etc.

The Bay Area’s biggest transportation projects

Grant will help with project to double-track Capitol Corridor near Levi (49’er) Stadium in Santa Clara

BART to spend nearly $100 million to repair broken-down escalators in San Francisco

Los Angeles International Airport people-mover to break ground

BART claims “new technology” would have prevented recent system-wide meltdown

Nearly 50 years after system opening, BART “add-fare” machines to finally accept credit and debit cards

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Rail-Related News, Tuesday, February 26, 2019 88.6% High-Speed Rail Edition

Ron Diridon, Sr. For which the Caltrain/Amtrak Station in San Jose is named

Former Santa Clara County supervisor Rod Diridon–the not-yet-dead politician for which the Caltrain/Amtrak station in downtown San Jose is named–chimes in

No, Governor Newsom did not kill high-speed rail. What is his Plan B?

California’s high-speed rail is still on. But how will it move forward?

How high-speed rail went off the rails

Why California’s bullet train remains a distant dream

Trump’s Federal Railroad Administration intents to cancel last increment of high-speed rail funding

Trump Administration cancels funding for California high-speed rail, wants $2.5 billion already spent back

Trump Administration cancels last $929 million for high-speed rail, wants already spent funding back

California high-speed rail CEO says the program will go on, despite Trump’s threats

California transportation future will be a wild ride

Why plans for high-speed rail keep riding off the rails in the U.S.

S.F. Muni officials under pressure to improve subway service

Border wall vs. high-speed rail? War of words between California and Trump explodes

How trains under the Bay–not high-speed rail–may connect the Bay Area and Sacramento

Can Gavin Newsom put high-speed rail back on track? He may need involuntary help from Trump

Will California high-speed rail be derailed by waffling governor and a petty president?

Newsom can thank Trump for saving him from his high-speed rail flub

War of words between California and Trump over high-speed rail may only be beginning

Battle over high-speed rail money is part of Trump’s war on California

Trump rescues Newsom: Too bad the feds didn’t cut off California’s bullet train sooner

Dan Walters: It’s time to derail the train to nowhere

Can Trump take back California high-speed rail money that has already been spent? A look at the battle ahead

Governor Newsom faces challenges in taking high-speed rail forward

Is there enough room in the new Transbay Terminal for the planned level of Caltrain service?

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Rail-Related News, Friday, February 15, 2019, 99.8% High-Speed Rail Edition

A Reality Now? Source: California Political Review (http://www.capoliticalreview.com/)

Governor Newsom’s plan cutting back high-speed rail a big blow to the Transbay Transit Center in San Francisco

(Editorial) Newsom cuts back high-speed rail to San Joaquin Valley

Newsom’s confusing high-speed rail stance leaves downtown extension to Transbay Transit Center in limbo

(Editorial) Will Newsom’s cut back of high-speed rail and water tunnels fix problems, or create new ones?

(Editorial) Abandoning high-speed rail would be a mistake for California, the country and the planet

California scales back high-speed train

Newsom stirs high-speed rail furor and confusion

Silicon Valley politicians hold out hope for Merced-San Jose high-speed rail connection

Newsom scales back LA-SF- high-speed train

Governor Newsom kicks S.F. high-speed rail down the tracks

MTC undertaking “scenario planning” for its next regional transportation plan

There’s nothing ridiculous about trains replacing plans. But there’s a better way than current CA high-speed rail

From the original anti-high-speed railers at the “Reason Foundation”

“Sanity Reaches Sacramento” from the original anti-rail railfan, Randal O’Toole, with the usual inane comments

New TexRail line in Fort Worth is popular, prompting calls for major expansion

“Shocking” cut to California’s troubled high-speed rail project solves some problems and creates others

Link to LA Times collection of high-speed rail articles

Newsom says high-speed rail serving the Central Valley is not a “train to nowhere”

Governor Newsom’s office clarifies his high-speed rail comments

California’s high-speed rail by the numbers

The California high-speed train that wasn’t: the opportunity cost of mega-projects

Conservative Washington Examiner declares ditching California high-speed rail is end of “Green New Deal” before the latter even begins

Another column by a conservative “Why the United States will never have high-speed rail”

California trims its high-speed rail ambitions

California drastically cuts its high-speed rail plan–latest example of the U.S. failing to do what the rest of the world has figured out

Gavin Newsom to scale back, not abandon, California’s high-speed rail

Is high speed rail in the U.S. ever going to happen?

California high-speed rail: world’s most expensive streetcar project?

“California high-speed rail is still on”

Editorial: S.F. must salvage Caltrain extension to Transbay Transit Center

Trump demands California return high-speed rail money as confusion spreads about Newsom’s plan

The confusion is “full steam ahead” after Governor Newsom’s high-speed rail announcements

Bullet train went from peak California innovation to the project from hell

Did dream of high-speed trains die in California and the U.S.? No, it still could be a reality

Opinion: California high-speed rail is Still On

Opinion: It’s a change in direction for high-speed rail in California, not its end

Is California’s controversial bullet train still headed to the Bay Area?

Editorial: Newsom injects reality into Brown’ bullet train delusion, but still wants to throw good money after bad

Is Gavin Newsom right to slow down California’s high-speed train?

Someone Looked At A Map Dept.: high-speed rail Central Valley can already connect to Bay Area via existing tracks

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Rail -Related News, Monday, February 11, 2019

Alstom hydrogen-powered train. Source: Alstom

All options for the Sepulveda transit corridor parallel to L.A.’s I-405 would carry over 100,000 daily passengers

San Fernando Valley to West L.A. in 20 minutes, according to L.A. Metro study of Sepulveda Pass rail line

(Editorial) Don’t eliminate serving Pershing Square in downtown L.A. as part of Santa Ana rail project

Salesforce Transbay Transit Center to remain closed until at least June 2019

More on planning for the Sepulveda transit corridor in Los Angeles

Following proposal for an L.A. Dodgers gondola to Dodger Stadium, Oakland proposes gondola for new A’s stadium

Alstom’s hydrogen train going on tour in Germany

Congestion is only way to fix broken transportation, according to Curbed.com

Santa Rosa, Healdsburg gain SMART rail system board seats after many years

BART engineers on quest to foil fare evaders with improved gates, other tech fixes

How transportation can transform a city (Seattle) transit, removed waterfront freeway

How the Palos Verdes Peninsula would have been different if a proposed Pacific Electric rail line had been built

Competing political “needs” divert funding, slowing down receipt of new S.F. Muni light railcar purchases

City of San Jose in “discussions” with Elon Musk from tunnel connecting Caltrain/Amtrak station with airport

Update on Sepulveda Pass transit solutions

BART and Amtrak to look at new joint bay crossing

BART testing on new line to San Jose picks up; tentative opening November 1

BART to discontinue early morning service to allow Transbay Tube rehabilitation

Caltrain OKs discounts for low income riders

Impacts of starting BART service at 5:00 a.m. rather than 4:00 a.m.

On high speed rail, would the real Governor Newsom please stand up?

“Green New Deal” says it wants to fix U.S. passenger trains

What BART could have been

Bay Area transit fantasy maps

All about the BART Transbay Tube seismic retrofit

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Rail-Related News, Monday, January 28, 2019

Bay Bridge traffic (San Francisco Chronicle, January 20, 2019)

Even after recent approvals of bridge toll increases and County sales taxes, Bay Area politicians want even more money for transportation

BART’s customer approval ratings plunge over crime, cleanliness concerns

More than one million riders on SMART rail in 16 months of operation

BART begins preliminary work in extension to downtown San Jose

Assuming they actually work (a big assumption), autonomous vehicles will lead to more traffic, pollution, spraw

(Editorial) BART lagging in making improvement

Despite problems with service, BART continues to be severely overbooked for reserved parking space

Sun Rises in the East Dept.: Lyft and Uber steal riders from public transit, particularly buses, less from rail

Transportation sales tax in Santa Clara County OK’d by State Supreme Cour

Could high-speed rail help ease California’s housing crisis?

More SMART trains for the Bay Area?

L.A. Metro committee supports next Foothill Gold Line LRT to Pomona

First closures of L.A. Blue Line LRT for major overhauls over 4 months

What to know about the L.A. Blue Line shutdown for major overhaul

Does L.A. Union Station really need an elevated concourse?

Caltrain wraps up grade-crossing improvement program early

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