Rail-Related News Items, Monday, April 30, 2018

Candidates for Governor share their views on roads, bridges, dams and high-speed rail
http://www.sfchronicle.com/politics/article/How-to-fix-California-s-roads-bridges-dams-12873538.php

Ferries are crowded too, like BART, Caltrain, Muni Metro et al
http://www.sfchronicle.com/bayarea/nativeson/article/Even-the-SF-Bay-ferries-are-crowded-these-days-12871007.php

Silicon Valley gets $1.7 billion for BART extension to downtown San Jose, additional funds for Caltrain electrification, plus ACE improvements
http://www.bizjournals.com/sanjose/news/2018/04/27/silicon-valley-transit-projects-land-nearly-1-7.html

Yes, but are the BART stations any cleaner despite this?
http://www.sfchronicle.com/bayarea/article/BART-reining-in-janitor-overtime-after-public-12873558.php

State of California awards $500 million+ for San Joaquins, ACE improvements
http://www.masstransitmag.com/news/12410044/gas-tax-grant-means-more-trains-to-sacramento-and-a-new-passenger-station-in-madera?utm_source=MASS+NewsViews+Newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=MASS180430002&rdx.ident%5Bpull%5D=omeda%7C0663B5119945H4U

San Bernardino County awarded for transportation projects, including San Bernardino-Redlands rail project http://www.vvdailypress.com/news/20180428/for-transportation-projects-county-awarded-nearly-quarter-billion-dollars

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White Paper: Optimized Rail Passenger Service for Santa Cruz County

 

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Presentation to San Joaquin JPA Policy Board

Recently, TRAC Vice President for Policy David Schonbrunn presented our recommendations for the future of the San Joaquins, titled Charting a New Course for Central Valley Connectivity – The San Joaquin Grows Up.

These ideas are particularly relevant in that the San Joaquin Joint Powers Authority (SJJPA) and the Altamont Corridor Express (ACE) collectively have recently been awarded nearly $1 billion in capital grants for major system improvements. Both agencies are administered by the same staff based in Stockton.

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Presentation from TRAC’s Successful January 3rd North Bay Rail Forum

TRAC presented a North Bay Rail Forum in Napa on January 3, 2018. Here is the presentation, in which we lay out plans for rail connections between SMART, the Capitol Corridor in Suisun, St. Helena and the Vallejo Ferry. TRAC believes that the Vallejo Ferry to Napa Valley route will be profitable because of high tourist demand for rail-based wine tastings—which won’t require a designated driver! With additional public money, a private sector operator might agree to run the East-West service as well.

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Here is a link to the Napa Valley Register article about our Forum.

Another related article Napa’s Wine Train Speeds Up, But Can It Meet New Owners’ Ambitions?

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TRAC’s Comments on Draft State Rail Plan Now Online

TRAC has developed extensive comments regarding the State of California’s Draft Statewide Rail Plan 2018. Comments were due today by 5:00 p.m. close of business.

This document is long, so it will take a few moments to load.

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November 2017-February 2018 California Rail News Now Available

The latest California Rail News is now online (takes a few moments to load):

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