Blended Systems Concept In my previous article, I asked if we could unify our rail systems? Unfortunately, I used the wrong buzz word. The term that everyone is using today to refer to a unifyed solution is “blended“. As an example … Continue reading →
Everyone seems to be busy buying new train systems all around the bay area. However, has anyone thought about unifying these systems by purchasing the same or similar trains? Atlanta’s Next Fleet of Trains Could Double as Streetcars! New MTA … Continue reading →
The movie Who Framed Roger Rabbit? has always been one of my favorites. One of the key aspect of the story line is a conspiracy to tear down the Red Car Line and replace it with “eight lanes of shimmering … Continue reading →
On April 22nd, the local NBC station presented a nice report on the status of the new SMART DMU system that is in its testing phase, running trains between Santa Rosa and San Rafael, with operations scheduled to start near … Continue reading →
We have added a new Apple/Airport Station to the route. It has the potential to become one of the most iconic stations in the Sprinter network and will act as a visible gateway to the capital of Silicon Valley from … Continue reading →
Fort Worth authority signs deal for TEX Rail cars Officials working on the proposed TEX Rail commuter train project have gone from being a laughingstock to ordering rolling stock. TEX Rail is scheduled to serve 10 stations, including two stops … Continue reading →
The Atlantic CitiLab has an interesting article: Public Transit Does Not Have to Reduce Traffic Congestion to Succeed The discussion is focused around a statement that is repeated over and over about new transit projects, which has been proven wrong … Continue reading →
Consider this, the SMART project covers about 43 miles and will come in at around $453M ($10.5M/Mile): http://main.sonomamarintrain.org/updates/ Compare that with 10 miles of BART in Santa Clara County for $3.5B ($350M/mile). It makes me wonder how SMART we really … Continue reading →
Zach Dinh writes about the current state of the North Bay SMART project in the SPUR blog. After decades of hard work by locals, passenger trains will once again connect the North Bay’s communities by rail: Sonoma Marin Area Rail … Continue reading →
Welcome to the home of the Silicon Valley VTA Sprinter Advocates. We are a coalition of neighborhood representatives who are attempting to get VTA to explore the installation of an eBart system in Santa Clara County, to complement the existing transportation systems and to connect to the Silicon Valley BART system that is currently under construction.
There has been a lot of verbal support for the idea from neighborhood members and some local political leaders. However, it has reached the stage where we now need to put together some tangible proposals to help initiate a true engineering review.
The Executive Summary explains our current position.