Rail-Related News, Monday, June 18, 2018

SMART eyes regional toll revenues for Novato station shortfall

Handwringing over delays to opening of San Jose BART extension

New rail freight contract approved despite extreme opposition by “Trail Now” advocates who want to destroy the Santa Cruz Branch Line

BART to reevaluate program to catch fare cheaters after questions arise about its effectiveness

Elon Musk’s plans for Hyped Loop line between O’Hare Airport and The Loop draws proper skepticism

Higher bridge tolls could kickstop Caltrain/Facebook plan for reopening Dumbarton Rail Line

Google buying up land around Diridon Station in San Jose for its 20,000 employee transit village

Not every public-private transit venture in China works out, e.g., the way capitalism is supposed to work

San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency begins planning subway extension to Fishermans’ Wharf area

BART claims it will be rid of wheel screeching noise by years end by reprofiling car wheels

BART extension to San Jose may not open until late 2019, nearly three years late

SMART extension to Larkspur on schedule to open in 2019

Los Angeles Metro plans train tunnel parallel to I-405 for 2028 Summer Olympics

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Rail-Related News, Sunday, Jun 10, 2018


Commuters slowly make their way through the traffic at the Bay Bridge toll plaza in Oakland, Calif., on Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017. (Laura A. Oda/Bay Area News Group)

Years of new construction now that RM-3 bridge toll increases approved by Bay Area voters

Relatively close vote on RM-3 shows difficultly ahead in approving future taxes for transportation

Truck goes around crossing gate, hits SMART train. Questions about quiet zones

San Francisco Muni to start running two-car trains on N-Judah

Facebook in deal with Caltrain to reopen Dumbarton rail line

Here’s when tolls will go up now that voters have approved RM-3

High-speed rail authority orders some bridge abutments rebuild due to flawed design; firm that designed them involved in several design flaw lawsuits

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Rail-Related News, Tuesday June 5, 2018

BART cites about 650-700 fare evaders per month, but less than 10% have paid up so far

Colorado Senators blast new Amtrak chief for threatening to withhold funding for Southwest Chief

Sun Rises in East Dept.: Silicon Valley growth to continue, along with it worsening housing woes

If trains ever begin operating to San Francisco’s new Transbay Transit Center, half the wiring may have to be replaced

Caltrans wants toll lanes on I-80 Yolo Causeway between Sacramento and Davis; no mention of expanding Capitol Corridor rail service

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Rail-Related News, Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Ferdinand Cadelina, left, field manager for transit services with the Municipal Transit Agency, and John Haley, SFMTA director of transit, walk down a set of old tracks to an entrance for the old Eureka Valley Station, which now makes up part of the eastern entrance of the Twin Peaks Tunnel, on Monday, May 28, 2018. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

Novato short $2 million to complete its downtown SMART station

San Francisco Muni to give Twin Peaks Tunnel a complete makeover, shutting it down for w months from late June to late August

More on Twin Peaks Tunnel rebuilding

Photos of Twin Peaks Tunnel repair work

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Rail-Related News, Thursday, May 24, 2018

Should BART build another extension to Livermore, or rebuilt existing system?

What was he thinking? It is “Highway 101” not “The 101” Quite a cultural error for a Northern Californian!

Slight majority of California voters would repeal Jerry Brown’s gas tax increase, according to poll

Will BART expand trains or buses to Livermore?

How Japanese rail planners design stations to “nudge” passengers so they work, given the many millions of daily passengers

Pro and Con on Regional Measure 3, the $3 bridge toll increase before voters

Downtown Los Angeles Regional Connector subway halfway completed

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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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