RSS HSR Compatibility

  • The Unbearable Cost of Conductors
    [Programming note: while the current pandemic may appear to make the discussion below irrelevant, consider that by 1920, there were few memories of the Spanish flu pandemic of 1918. Jammed peninsula commutes will be back sooner than you think!] Caltrain in 1980: crew includedengineer, fireman, brakemanand conductor.The way it wasBack in 1980, Caltrain's predecessor, the Southern […]
  • Pandemic Open Thread
    These are challenging times. We can ponder ideas that are significantly outside the mainstream, taking an existing concept and extrapolating it, Black Mirror style, to its extreme conclusion. Here are some controversial conversation starters:Southbound BART Purple Line train arrives at Palo AltoMerge Caltrain Into BART.  The long-standing push to get the operation of Caltrain a […]
  • Electric Timetable Contest
    The coveted Takt CupTimetable planning has long been a staple of this blog, with the support of rapid prototyping tools like Richard Mlynarik's excellent Taktulator, a calculator for "Taktverkehr," the German term for clockface timetabling. While it may take a few minutes to learn how to use the tool, you can easily punch in a […]
  • Three Next Steps
    Caltrain's exhaustive business plan effort has resulted in a long range service vision for how to grow the railroad to the year 2040, recently adopted by the board as official policy. This is the mountain we wish to climb. How do we climb it? One step at a time. In fact, with electrified service now […]
  • Risk and Opportunity in Redwood City
    Lowe, a major real estate development firm, is preparing to redevelop Redwood City's Sequoia Station, an outdated strip mall adjacent to the Caltrain station, into a 12-acre mixed-use project with towers up to 17 stories tall.  If that is eye-opening to residents of Redwood City, consider that few people yet know that a greatly expanded […]

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