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  • Grade Crossing Trouble Ahead
    Grade crossing in Denver (photo: RTD)Denver's RTD has been operating a new 25 kV electrified commuter railroad since 2016. There's a big problem with it: the grade crossings gates are down for too long, which the FRA and Colorado PUC consider hazardous because impatient motorists frustrated by a longer-than-expected wait may drive around the gates […]
  • Thinking Big in Redwood City
    The architecture of Amsterdam Bijlmer(photo by tataAnne) could representthe future Redwood City station.In a seamless transportation network that runs on a regular clockface schedule with timed, well-coordinated transfers, connecting nodes play a key role. Redwood City has natural potential as a connecting node, being located approximately at the midpoint of the peninsula rail corridor, serving […]
  • Growing Caltrain into an 8-Lane Freeway
    Caltrain can and should become an eight-lane freeway. Not like an ugly concrete scar tearing loudly through the landscape, but in terms of throughput capacity in people per hour. Today, Caltrain already carries the equivalent of nearly 3 freeway lanes, and more than doubling the system's capacity is hardly a moonshot. For perspective, BART's Transbay […]
  • Still Dithering on Level Boarding
    EMU low door configurationRecent documents seeking regulatory relief from certain FRA requirements for Caltrain's new EMU fleet reveal details of the interface between the train and a station platform.The lower doors of the EMUs will feature a deploying step at 15 inches (measured above the top of the rail), halfway between the 8-inch platform and […]
  • Over-Promising on Electrification
    Numerous recent Caltrain materials include the following quantitative claims (see slide at right) about the service benefits of the electrification project:A baby bullet train making 5-6 stops will make the SF - SJ trip in 45 minutes, down from 60 minutes today. A train making the SF - SJ trip in 60 minutes will be able […]

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