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  • East Bay Coast Line Passenger Rail? on by andy, [Uncategorized] Hatena Bookmark

    For almost 20 years, I have been looking at the issues with passenger rail between the East Bay, San Jose, and on the Peninsula. In the late 90s, before the focus towards extending BART south of Fremont, there were various ideas of building a rail connection via commuter trains. There were 3 existing rail corridors […]

  • Introducing transit service change repository on by andy, [Wiki updates] Hatena Bookmark

    transit.wiki or transitunlimited.org has been up for almost 10 years highlighting transit routes and locations served by transit. Originally the wiki covered the San Francisco Bay Area agencies but it has been expanded to cover the entire western US. My hope is that it would cover the entire US someday. One of the challenges with […]

  • VTA tells stadiums: pay up or else on by andy, [Uncategorized] Hatena Bookmark

    This is what VTA telling Sharks fan this season: VTA will no longer offer direct service to or from Santa Teresa light rail station to San Fernando and Diridon Station for special events and games at SAP. In June the VTA Board of Directors adopted a Special Events Policy for event venues to reimburse VTA […]

  • Comments on Dumbarton Transportation Corridor Study on by andy, [Uncategorized] Hatena Bookmark

    In August, SamTrans released a Facebook funded study of the Dumbarton Transportation Corridor. This study was a follow up to the rail project on the same corridor which was canceled due to lack of funding. This study proposes various improvements on the highway corridor to speed up high occupancy vehicle traffic and buses, as well […]

  • Transit agencies and TNCs on by andy, [Uncategorized] Hatena Bookmark

    This is a response to comments made by SamTrans board members at its board meeting in April. Considering the suburban environment and the desire for more transportation options, there seems to be an interest by transit agencies in leveraging Transportatation Networking Companies. While I support the concept of having more transportation choices, I am also concerned […]

  • Response to Jarrett Walker study of Silicon Valley Transit on by andy, [Uncategorized] Hatena Bookmark

    Late last year, VTA hired a star transit consultant Jarrett Walker (also is one of the founders of BayRail Alliance, when it was known as Peninsula Rail 2000) to review the bus network at VTA in hopes to increase transit ridership. Recently Walker released a report and challenged conventional wisdoms. This blog briefly summarized the report’s findings […]

  • 16th Street train trolley connection on by andy, [Uncategorized] Hatena Bookmark

    Caltrain electrification is the most significant project for the system in its history, and also one of the transformational transportation projects on the Peninsula and Silicon Valley. This project has taken more than a decade to plan. As Caltrain and parallel highways are becoming more congested, this project is needed more than before to increase […]

  • San Francisco’s greed, Peninsula pays on by andy, [Uncategorized] Hatena Bookmark

    There’s a lot going on regarding Caltrain system improvements and high speed rail. When these projects were conceived 20-30 years ago, it just seemed like all they had to do is to put up wires over the tracks and some new tunnels from the existing 4th & King terminal. Now the policy makers will be asked […]

  • The next big mistake? on by andy, [Uncategorized] Hatena Bookmark

    If you ride Muni Metro, you should notice that it is a system that has high platform stations (all underground stops and stops along the T Line) and low platform stations (street level stops west of downtown). The steps change when trains entering and exiting the subway. The dual platform height has been the standard […]

  • Making transit more seamless on by andy, [Uncategorized] Hatena Bookmark

    Recently SPUR, a regional planning think tank, issued a report in how to make the Bay Area Transit system more integrated and easier to use. The report identifies many deficiencies in the region’s transit in regards to fare and service coordinations. The report also makes numerous recommendations on removing the kinks and improve rider experience. […]