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12-08-2016 - 18:17
synonymouse
http://www.pressdemocrat.com/news/6406172-181/free-and-reduced-cost-smart-rides?ref=most&artslide=0 Figure 2 man operation the first thing to go.
Forum: Discussion
12-03-2016 - 17:50
synonymouse
Eventually the generation of insiders who crafted a subsidized NWP paid for by the taxpayers via SMART will croak and another crop of good ol' boys will emerge in the Northbay with a somewhat differen
Forum: Discussion
12-03-2016 - 10:45
synonymouse
Studies are mostly expensive propaganda. No realistic and affordable grade separation can be achieved with heavy freight FRA-AAR rules. A few years there was a study of an overpass in Sta. Rosa bu
Forum: Discussion
12-02-2016 - 12:42
synonymouse
The NWP era is over; electric light rail is coming back.
Forum: Discussion
12-02-2016 - 09:39
synonymouse
http://www.cnbc.com/2016/12/02/chanel-train-across-flower-fields-threatens-no-5-perfume.html Maybe Chanel should hire PB to advise - they know how to impose a massive HSR detour.
Forum: Discussion
12-02-2016 - 09:25
synonymouse
Probably a deadline should be set for startup of operations, with penalties for delays, like Mansourian gets a paycut or the sales tax is suspended. Once the patronage figures and farebox revenue a
Forum: Discussion
11-23-2016 - 15:05
synonymouse
AFAIK the subsidy of the NCRA-NWP was never put to a vote of the Northbay electorate. That was an insider Democratic Party machine deal. We'll have to see what obtains when SMART finally begins re
Forum: Discussion
11-23-2016 - 12:44
synonymouse
The freight operations are the hindrance here. It will take some time for that to go. Ironically it is possible that SMART might go into hiatus and mothballed before the NWP. Nobody knows what th
Forum: Discussion
11-19-2016 - 19:20
synonymouse
What he is saying is there is a very strong argument for "off the shelf" especially when it involves sophisticated equipment. Remember BART's motors from Garrett? Maybe the US is revolting over so
Forum: Discussion
11-19-2016 - 19:08
synonymouse
Au contraire, mon vieux. Overhead lines are an aesthetic delight. What is truly ugly are "skyrises". Now that's visual pollution. Got that one from a recent episode of "Arrow" - probably been ar
Forum: Discussion
11-19-2016 - 19:01
synonymouse
Worst case but quite possible scenario: considerably worse than predicted ridership plus considerably higher operating expenses plus numerous grade crossing incidents. What then will be the course
Forum: Discussion
11-18-2016 - 23:56
synonymouse
I a referring to a rail flyover of the parallel one-way streets in downtown San Rafael. Freight can't do ramps and it means heavy FRA rules. Get rid of the freight - the ritchie riches and yuppies
Forum: Discussion
11-18-2016 - 11:25
synonymouse
There are considerably more autos in the Northbay than there used to be. The solution in downtown San Rafael is a flyover. You need electric light rail and ditch the freight.
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11-17-2016 - 18:33
synonymouse
second deck on the GG Bridge
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11-17-2016 - 18:31
synonymouse
never is a long time
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11-17-2016 - 12:28
synonymouse
SMART is a strange brew.
Forum: Discussion
11-17-2016 - 12:24
synonymouse
There is a purpose to life?
Forum: Discussion
11-17-2016 - 10:01
synonymouse
Who needs blinkin' broad gauge 10 cattlecar trains noisy as hell and no bathrooms anywhere? Hopelessly bloated payroll and just throwing money away and finally discovering the conical wheelset profil
Forum: Discussion
11-15-2016 - 19:07
synonymouse
"It's for the future, Mr. Geddes."
Forum: Discussion
11-15-2016 - 18:39
synonymouse
Cut down and along or above the freeway BART-PB style to Marin City. Terre brulee. Think Daly City Brutalist. The Marin 101 corridor is ugly as sin anyway.
Forum: Discussion
11-15-2016 - 18:30
synonymouse
http://www.cnbc.com/2016/11/15/denver-is-first-city-in-us-to-allow-pot-in-bars-restaurants.html but no ciggies. It seems like cherry-picking sins to me and discriminatory.
Forum: Discussion
11-10-2016 - 13:24
synonymouse
Any riders should be a SMART hope. Actually the SMART hope is to put off the day of reckoning as long as possible.
Forum: Discussion
11-08-2016 - 17:19
synonymouse
But your cost of driving and insurance could be quite changed with intelligent electric cars. More likely and easier than, say, human level AI or fusion power plants. Or room temperature supercond
Forum: Discussion
11-08-2016 - 09:57
synonymouse
Government-corporate-contractor-consultant corruption perhaps California's greatest problem. California lives "Chinatown" every damn day. Who died and made the Tejon Ranch Co. king? How did it ge
Forum: Discussion
11-07-2016 - 21:30
synonymouse
"You think you know what you are dealing with here, Mr.Geddes, but believe me you don't" John Huston as Noah Cross
Forum: Discussion
11-07-2016 - 18:37
synonymouse
-stupid mistake of the 40's-50's: kill off electric rail transit, to wit the PE and LARy. -stupid mistake of the 60's: build BART to broad gauge, 1000vdc, A-B cars, yada-yada as ordered by SP man
Forum: Discussion
11-07-2016 - 17:44
synonymouse
"It was a system that needed to be destroyed in order to be reborn..." I could not disagree with you more. Except your observation could be applied to BART, which needs to be converted to standard
Forum: Discussion
11-06-2016 - 11:34
synonymouse
The unions would mount an enormous propaganda campaign against such a referendum. The California has demonstrated many times how susceptible it is to media brainwashing. It should know better but of
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11-05-2016 - 19:57
synonymouse
Different Peter! Pete Burns worked for British Rail passed away yesterday and had no connection with this singer, whatsoever. Someone was VERY confused, unfortunately. He was a well known signal
Forum: Discussion
11-05-2016 - 17:37
synonymouse
If they had not torn up the PE there would be a rail network in place to work with and upgrade. So eff you Jesse Haugh and GM and the AAA down below - I remember in the mid-fifties when you did you
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