[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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
Lowe, a major real estate development firm, is preparing to redevelop Redwood City's Sequoia Station, an outdated strip mall adjacent to the Caltrain station, into a 12-acre mixed-use project with towers up to 17 stories tall.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 […]
Responding to concerns raised by a trustee regarding the written record of board meetings, South San Francisco Unified School District officials examined ways to more comprehensively document discussions.