Category: GESC Positions/Letters

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  • Thoughts on Grade Separations
    The emerging Caltrain business plan is broaching the issue of grade separations, a decadal process that has been underway, well, for decades. We're already 63% of the way there today, with another dozen new grade separation projects in various stages of planning or construction. Achieving a reasonable level of grade separation for the peninsula corridor is […]
  • Foundation Progress Tracker
    One way to measure the progress of a large and complex construction program like the Peninsula Corridor Electrification Program is to count how many foundations have been completed. This is a revealing metric, since foundation construction is currently the top risk on the program due to surprises when digging holes along the right of way. It's […]
  • Eyes on Bikes
    The configuration of the new EMU bike cars is controversial because seating and bikes are not currently planned to be located together on the same level, which prevents riders from keeping an eye on their bikes and increases the risk of theft. A workshop is planned to resolve this eyes-on-bikes controversy.Bike Capacity ShenanigansClouding the issue […]
  • 1 Bike Less = 1 Car Less
    A packed bike car(photo: Steve Wilhelm)Bikes Onboard, an advocacy group for Caltrain's globally-unique system of carrying thousands of bicycles on board crowded rush hour trains, is lobbying for more bicycle storage space on Caltrain's new EMUs. The argument goes that creating more space for bikes encourages people to leave their car at home, resulting in […]
  • Build a Dumbarton Rail Tunnel
    The Dumbarton water tunnel TBM,being assembled for the start of itsfive-mile drive under the Bay in 2011.Boring a new tunnel under the Dumbarton corridor, through muddy soils right under a sensitive national wildlife refuge, seems like an impossibly difficult, risky and expensive undertaking in this day and age. But here's a little-known fact: it's already […]

RSS Daily Journal News

  • San Mateo student heading to National Spelling Bee in D.C.
    Spelling words you haven’t heard of before in a contest with more than 500 other students might be a tall order for many, especially those prone to stage fright.
  • Class notes
    Natalie Tha, a fourth-grader at Arroyo School in San Carlos, won first place in RethinkWaste’s trash to art contest, in which local elementary school students were asked to transform household waste products into art pieces. Shaqed Krupnick, a fourth-grader at…
  • Salmon season opens
    The commercial salmon season opened Thursday between Point Arena and Pigeon Point and while fishermen haul in their first catches of the year this weekend, a unique program that has bolstered the fishery for nearly a decade kicks off in…
  • Burlingame takes first shot at Topgolf review
    Officials cheered Topgolf during the first formal examination of the sports entertainment facility’s proposal to redevelop the Burlingame Golf Center.
  • Council to consider Broadway Plaza