Rail-Related News, Tuesday, July 31, 2018

A raised section of Calfornia’s high-speed rail construction is seen from drone video at Cedar Avenue and Highway 99 just south of Fresno on November 28, 2018. New York Times.

Inglewood wants $600 million, 1.8 mile people mover costing $18.00/passenger, $10+ per passenger mile. We support rail, but wouldn’t shuttle buses make more sense in this case?

Is California high speed rail a boon or boondoggle? The Gray Lady (NYT) speaks

eBART extension to Antioch 36% over ridership estimates; parking is increasingly scarce at Antioch station

Editorial: BART’s recent crime wave

California high speed rail may not become a “bullet train” just a plain [relatively] “fast train”

The Northern California “Megaregion” e.g., the Bay Area spreads its tentacles into the Central Valley, Central Coast

Outgoing SPUR director unloads on what’s wrong with the Bay Area

Metropolitan Transportation Commission Executive Director Steve Heminger to retire

Replacing BART’s dummy cameras on its cars with real ones payed off

But BART still has a crime problem that it hasn’t been able to cope with yet

No gas tax funds for high speed rail

target=”_blank”When will Crenshaw Line reach West Hollywood?

About the $291 million downtown Los Angeles streetcar

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Rail-Related News, Monday, July 23, 2018

A proposed “Southern Crossing” would carry more than just cars in this architectural rendering of a proposed new bridge, just one of several transportation improvements imagined as part of a “mega” funding measure.

SMART Board of Directors approves plan for additional station in Downtown Novato

How Sacramento may get efficient transit to airport, short of proposed $1 billion light rail line

City of Novato to request proposals for re-use of its old Northwestern Pacific Railroad station

New BART cars spending excessive time in the shop for repairs

Self-driving car fanboys smoking bad weed: some want to destroy the New York Subway

Metropolitan Transportation Commission invites crackpot ideas for transportation—or at least some major ones will be advanced

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Rail-Related News, Friday, July 13, 2018

Aerial view of the area of Google’s proposed transit-oriented village near the Diridon Station, on the western edges of downtown San Jose, California on Saturday, November 11, 2017. (LiPo Ching/Bay Area News Group)

LA Metro is phasing out its infamous subway fabric seats

San Jose Sharks favor automobiles, file federal lawsuit over parking at proposed BART station at the Diridon Station in San Jose

Billions of dollars at stake for transportation, including new rail projects, if California’s new gas tax is repealed by voters in November

Funding to complete downtown Novato SMART station found, project to proceed

Plans for a Marin-Sonoma SMART bike share program advance

BART plans to start service at 5:00 a.m., displacing 2,800 riders who use the system between 4:00 a.m. and 5:00 a.m. on weekdays

What happens if voters repeal Governor Brown’s 2017 gas tax increase?

Lawsuit filed to overturn Regional Measure 3, bridge toll increase recently approved by Bay Area voters

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Rail-Related News, Saturday, July 7, 2018

Los Angeles will allow denser development near five Expo Line station

Honolulu rail project price tag hist $8.3 billion

Boston’s MBTA wants to put doors, barriers on subway platforms

Criminals steal copper wiring in Ottawa, disrupting O-Train service

Passenger who broke BART rules by eating on train focus of debate

California Republicans base their bets on repealing Jerry Brown’s gas tax increase; whether gas tax survives is unclear

New concept to beat the commute: live & work in same building (you know, just like cities in the Middle Ages)

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Rail-Related News, Wednesday, June 27, 2018

What you need to know about gasoline tax repeal that just made November 2018 ballot

Slow light rail trains in downtown San Jose may be sped up

Florida governor Rick Scott resurrects high speed rail between Orlando and Tampa, this time using private sector, a project he abandoned in 2011

Plan released for east-west rail between Kings and Tulare Counties, connecting to proposed high-speed rail station in Hanford

Sun Rises in East & We Told You So Dept: Everywhere, “micro transit” is a dismal failure

More on San Francisco’s Twin Peaks Tunnel closure

Sacramento is still waiting for $100 million for its downtown streetcar from the Trumpies

Zero-emission train for San Bernardino to Redlands would be first in U.S.

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Rail-Related News, Thursday, June 21, 2018

Plans for expanded rail service break out around the U.S.: St. Paul, MN to Eau Claire, WS

Empire Corridor Improvements in New York on schedule

Why are Bay Area subway and rail costs among the highest in the world?

Republican gubernatorial candidate John Cox spars with Democrats over repeal of gas tax

How the Koch brothers are working against public transit projects around the U.S.

More on cleanup of BART’s Civic Center station

Los Angeles rail construction will create thousands of jobs; can a boarding school help fill them?

Koch brothers fail: Kansas City streetcar extension approved by voters in wide margin

Modern streetcar line in St. Paul, MN gets approvals; set to begin detailed planning and engineering

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