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Offering more frequent midday Caltrain service

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Caltrain ridership has reached an all time high and trains are more crowded than ever. With economic recovery ongoing, 101 continues to get congested beyond the traditional peak hours. On Caltrain, not only the peak hour trains are crowded, the ridership is also growing on the shoulder peak trains.

One of the things that irks some Caltrain riders is the fact that Caltrain runs hourly midday service. It wasn’t used to be that way. In year 2000, Caltrain first added hourly service to the midday schedule. It was reverted to hourly service in 2009 in response to the agency’s budget crisis.

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I do think that it is an appropriate time to restore more service during the midday hours. However, Caltrain is currently rebuilding rail bridges in San Mateo and requires single tracking through the area during the midday hours. This construction is supposed to last until next year.

Below is a schedule I proposed that would do a few things: provide 2 trains per hour midday, allow single tracking through San Mateo, provide faster service to most stops. Read the rest of this page »

Bus stop maps are now offered for more agencies

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For a while, the wiki has offered bus stop maps (and real time predictions) for agencies that uses the NextBus API (including Muni, AC Transit, LA Metro, etc) and the OneBusAway API (maps only for agencies in the Seattle Region).

Now we provide our own GTFS parsing API to offer the same bus stop map for more than 20 agencies, including UTA in Salt Lake City, RTD in Denver, Valley Metro in Phoenix, ABQ Ride, Sacramento RT, San Diego MTS, etc. Real time arrival information is available through the bus stop maps for SamTrans and VTA in the SF Bay Area.

Example: Map:MTS 30 (route that serves the beautiful La Jolla and Pacific beaches in San Diego)

Some of the systems includeing UTA and SD MTS have their own real time data. Offering that data on the site is one of the things yet to do.

No on “filibuster” over Caltrain electrification

written by andy on

Earlier this month, the Caltrain board certified the final environmental impact report for the electrification project. With this action, Caltrain is one step closer to begin construction and concludes the environmental clearance process that began in 2001.

I believe that Caltrain should’ve been electrified when it was first proposed about 30 years ago. At that time, the project faced funding challenge, as well as question about Caltrain’s future in light of the plan to extend BART to SFO/Millbrae. Today, with record Caltrain ridership, increasing traffic congestion, and growing demand for mixed-use developments along the rail corridor, it is more urgent than ever for Caltrain to electrify. Read the rest of this page »

Caltrain mobile ticketing

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Last month, Caltrain presented a proposal on mobile ticketing to its Citizens Advisory Committee. Here’s a brief summary of the presentation from the meeting minutes: Read the rest of this page »

New Muni Map Online

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New for this year is an interactive Muni map that I spent a couple of weeks to produce. I want some kind of mobile friendly interactive map for the web site but with limited choices it is better for me to create one. It is displayed on Google’s API so you can switch to other standard Google layers and even have street views. It is also designed to be printed as well. It includes some of the most recent changes like the 5L, two way Haight St and left turn for 29.