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  • Vote Yes on Measure RR
    For all the criticism of Caltrain that you might have read on this blog over the last decade, you might think that my support for the upcoming Measure RR 1/8th cent sales tax measure in the three counties served by the peninsula rail corridor would be tepid at best, and that I’m no friend of […]
  • High-Speed Rail DEIR
    The first thing to notice about the new high-speed rail San Francisco - San Jose Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR) is that it sets up a straw-man alternative B, which is set to be dropped in favor of alternative A because it is less effective and more expensive. So we'll focus on the preferred alternative […]
  • PCEP: Farce Majeure
    This post serves as a place to track monthly status updates of the Peninsula Corridor Electrification Program, peeling back the rosy pronouncements put forth by the managers of this deeply troubled project. Let's start off with our handy foundation & pole progress tracker, updated monthly Monthly updates will be added here as they occur. For a […]
  • 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 […]

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