Category Archives: Opinion

The Failure of “Me First” Transportation Planning

New BART director Nick Josefowitz has written an excellent article outlining the failures of “me first” transportation planning, using as examples ineffective freeway expansions in Orange County and the extension of the BART Fremont Line to Warm Springs, currently under … Continue reading

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Connecting California: Improve San Joaquins

Here is an interesting article I came across while websurfing that reinforces TRAC’s points about improving the San Joaquins: 1.2 Million Passengers. One Single Track: California May Not Need That $68 Billion Bullet Train. But It Sure As Heck Needs … Continue reading

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CHSRA Responds Directly to TRAC; Our Response

TRAC’s opinion piece on September 28th (http://www.sacbee.com/opinion/op-ed/article2614730.html) in the Sacramento Bee apparently annoyed the denizens of the California High Speed Rail Authority, leading to a response by CEO Jeff Morales (http://www.sacbee.com/opinion/op-ed/article2623053.html), plus a followup, much more detailed letter directly to … Continue reading

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Blogger Robert Cruickshank Ignorant of TRAC’s Role In CA Rail Development

Photo – San Diego Trolley, which would not exist without the efforts of close TRAC collaborator State Senator Jim Mills, nor would the modern light rail transit renaissance starting in 1981. Here is text of TRAC’s comments tonight on the … Continue reading

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Significant Rail News, September 10, 2014

Burbank Seeks Answers On Bullet Train’s Impacts http://www.masstransitmag.com/news/11682322/burbank-seeks-answers-on-bullet-trains-impact?utm_source=MASS+NewsViews+Newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=MASS140903002 US DOT Secretary Anthony Foxx Takes Crack At Transportation Predictions http://www.politico.com/story/2014/09/anthony-foxx-department-of-transportation-110656.html#.VA4XFDERZ_c.twitter Opinion: 2nd Transbay Tube Needed To Keep BART On Track http://www.sfgate.com/opinion/article/2nd-Transbay-Tube-needed-to-help-keep-BART-on-5737004.php From The Dark Side Dept: US Highway Fix May Mean … Continue reading

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Even European Trains Could Be Better: Passenger Manifestos

Despite Europe being literally decades ahead of the United States regarding rail passenger service, major improvements are still needed. For example, better cross-border connections. Here are links to three recent passenger manifestos demanding better rail passenger service from European politicians: … Continue reading

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