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09-12-2017 - 08:34
synonymouse
thoroughly
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09-12-2017 - 08:31
synonymouse
Build first and worry about the money later - the SMART space cadets will fall back to Earth eventually and costs will be managed. Most important is to give the San Rafael highway lobby dpw types a
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09-11-2017 - 12:18
synonymouse
Looks like they've got the Salesforce Tower in the crosshairs.
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09-11-2017 - 12:16
synonymouse
I am an charter member of the pro-train conspiracy to put HSR thru Tejon and right thru the TMV golf course. I'd like to see the earth movers show up en masse while the Ranch jefes are out on the l
Forum: Discussion
09-09-2017 - 18:10
synonymouse
South of Larkspur it would have to be accomplished BART-Bechtel-PB style, aka terre brulee. No prisoners. Possibly aerial right down the center of the freeway with mass Quantities of eminent domain.
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09-09-2017 - 15:15
synonymouse
With electric light rail tech building south to Marin City can be done with a reasonable price tag and relatively quickly - in the typical time frame of modern transit railway construction snail pace.
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09-09-2017 - 05:51
synonymouse
Largesse - the willingness to lavishly subsidize is the unknown here. The ferries have achieved pet status but will that extend to SMART remains to be seen. The dollar figure of subsidy per passen
Forum: Discussion
09-08-2017 - 15:07
synonymouse
The basal purpose of SMART was to provide a free rebuild of the NWP to and for certain connected insiders. That has not worked out too well as the SP had already evaluated and decided on abandonment.
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09-07-2017 - 15:30
synonymouse
Don't be too hard on the order Rodentia - they preceded us and share most of the same genes. Imagine you get two years to live and have only double incisors to defend yourself with. Can break conc
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09-07-2017 - 15:17
synonymouse
Sad there to my knowledge have never been any really, really rich guys who were railfans. Can you imagine what a few hundred million could do for the CSRM, or Cumbres & Toltec or the EBT, not to me
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08-29-2017 - 11:09
synonymouse
SMART's doodlebugs are diesel mechanical - no traction motors. By the time - I'd guess around 20 years from now - SMART is reconstituted these railcars will be worn. As far as wrecks go that remai
Forum: Discussion
08-28-2017 - 09:59
synonymouse
but rich ones. They are more equal.
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08-28-2017 - 09:47
synonymouse
It was designed by local insiders with no transit experience and who turned a deaf ear to any other ideas or input. Very big upside is the ROW was secured and rebuilt. Remember GGT wanted to pave
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08-27-2017 - 16:42
synonymouse
That area used to flood regularly in the seventies when I used to live in SR. The freeway shows how it is done - I am sure there are viaducts on LA light rail of a similar length.
Forum: Discussion
08-27-2017 - 14:22
synonymouse
The solution to San Rafael is a viaduct over the downtown one-way streets parallel to the freeway. Aerial platforms, eliminating the need for any million dollar transit center relocation.
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08-26-2017 - 17:16
synonymouse
BTW, in re the Twin Coach trolley coaches which were housed at Presidio and mostly used on the #30, #5 and #21 lines Charlie Smallwood gave me some insights. They were equipped with Westinghouse cont
Forum: Discussion
08-26-2017 - 16:58
synonymouse
The #71 line was close to electrification - Willie Brown when he was in the Legislature had found the money for the project but Muni fumbled. Idem for the #38 Geary, Muni's busiest. The problem here
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08-25-2017 - 06:59
synonymouse
https://missionlocal.org/2017/08/sfs-muni-was-fined-220k-by-state-for-blowing-off-emissions-requirements/ Go to trolley coaches, Muni-SPUR-MTC planning tardos.
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08-24-2017 - 06:09
synonymouse
https://www.cnbc.com/2017/08/24/y-cominators-sam-altman-thinks-he-can-fix-californias-housing-crisis.html BART-MTC will take that money, thank you.
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08-19-2017 - 07:46
synonymouse
A placeholder for broad gauge. A giant waste of money is the bread and butter of a patronage machine.
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08-19-2017 - 06:07
synonymouse
BART suffers from many proprietary idiosyncrasies. In that case build BART to dual gauge. But in lieu place an iron-clad moratorium on any more broad gauge and start planning to systematically reg
Forum: Discussion
08-19-2017 - 05:41
synonymouse
I assume BART-MTC would fight this as not broad gauge.
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08-19-2017 - 05:35
synonymouse
PBCAHSR should have been sited paralleling I-5 slightly to the west on ground geologically terra more firma and within the nominal I-5 corridor of environmental devastation and low agricultural use.
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08-17-2017 - 19:37
synonymouse
Of course, but Dumbarton-Altamont does not pass directly thru San Jose, center of the known world to which all roads must lead. Same fix applies to Palmdale-Tehachapi. The Silicon Valley Leadershi
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08-17-2017 - 17:14
synonymouse
As Groucho said, I would not want to join any country club that would have me as a member.
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08-17-2017 - 17:05
synonymouse
SMART cannot have anything like a farebox when it comes to one man operation so some sort of self-service ticketing will be necessary. I gather Clipper cards will have to do. SMART cannot evoke th
Forum: Discussion
08-15-2017 - 17:36
synonymouse
55mph for big streetcars
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08-15-2017 - 13:03
synonymouse
Anti new hotel and anti air bnb uprising would definitely impact transport and carriers. I have to assume the airlines and maybe Amtrak would be on the side of mass tourism.
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08-15-2017 - 10:13
synonymouse
I suggest when it comes to PBCAHSR at Palmdale-Tehachapi Nevada is the screwer and California the screwee, for a change. Oh well Sin City has been on "top" forever.
Forum: Discussion
08-14-2017 - 18:17
synonymouse
OT but potentially topical for California: http://www.francetvinfo.fr/economie/emploi/metiers/restauration-hotellerie-sports-loisirs/espagne-les-touristes-indesirables_2327379.html
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