Significant Rail News, October 31, 2014

Marin Voice: SMART Needs San Rafael-Larkspur Trolleys
http://www.marinij.com/Opinion/ci_26810902/Marin-Voice:-SMART-train-needs-San-RafaeltoLarkspur-trolleys

From the Dark Side, We Knew It Dept: Portland Eliminates Free Parking For Disabled Placards, Frees Hundreds of Spaces
http://www.oregonlive.com/commuting/index.ssf/2014/10/downtown_portland_disabled_par.html

We Knew That Dept: The Bias In Transportation System Design
http://systemicfailure.wordpress.com/2014/10/30/the-bias-in-transportation-system-design/

Chandler, Arizona Looks At Light Rail, BRT
http://www.azcentral.com/story/news/local/chandler/2014/10/28/chandler-approves-second-arizona-avenue-transit-study/18062139/?from=global&sessionKey=&autologin=

London, England Reveals Preferred Route For CrossRail Two
http://www.railway-technology.com/news/newsnew-crossrail-2-preferred-route-revealed-4422750

Major Downtown Sacramento Developer Thinks Streetcars Are Worth Paying Special Assessments
http://www.bizjournals.com/sacramento/news/2014/10/30/downtown-developer-dave-taylor-believes-in.html

Opinion: Sprawl and Bad Transit Increase Unemployment
http://usa.streetsblog.org/2014/10/30/confirmed-sprawl-and-bad-transit-increase-unemployment/

Clayton County, GA Votes On Extending MARTA Rail And Bus Service
http://www.masstransitmag.com/news/11749466/claytons-vote-on-marta-could-reverberate-beyond-county?utm_source=MASS+NewsViews+Newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=MASS141024003

Construction Begins For All Aboard Florida’s Downtown Fort Lauderdale Station
http://www.masstransitmag.com/news/11749476/demolition-begins-for-all-aboard-floridas-new-station?utm_source=MASS+NewsViews+Newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=MASS141024003

BART’s Oakland Airport Connector Testing, Should Open Before Thanksgiving
http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/BART-s-Oakland-Airport-Connector-on-track-for-5856835.php

CAHSRA Tries To Short Circuit Judicial Process Via Surface Transportation Board Ploy
http://www.fresnobee.com/2014/10/29/4205579_state-rail-agency-seeks-to-avoid.html?rh=1

Plans For High[er, 110 mph] Speed Rail Between Chicago and Detroit
http://www.freep.com/story/news/local/michigan/2014/10/29/high-speed-rail-boost-roundtrips-detroit-chicago/18088995/

Amtrak Creates “Blue Ribbon Panel” To Solve Chicago Rail Gridlock
http://www.metro-magazine.com/news/story/2014/10/amtrak-forms-blue-ribbon-panel-to-address-chicago-rail-gridlock.aspx?utm_campaign=Rail-Transit-NEW-20141029&utm_source=Email&utm_medium=Enewsletter

Better Late Than Never Drowned Railcars Dept: New Jersey Transit Agencies Prepare For Future Hurricanes Like Sandy
http://www.metro-magazine.com/news/story/2014/10/nj-transit-agencies-preparing-for-future-sandy-like-storms.aspx?utm_campaign=Rail-Transit-NEW-20141029&utm_source=Email&utm_medium=Enewsletter

Get A Warrant? Dept: Chicago Mayor Defends Random Bag Searches At CTA Rail Stations
http://politics.suntimes.com/article/chicago/rahm-defends-cta-searches-world-different-now/mon-10272014-335pm

Sacramento Streetcar Funding Push Underway
http://www.masstransitmag.com/news/11749062/science-center-downtown-streetcar-funding-push-is-on?utm_source=MASS+NewsViews+Newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=MASS141023002

CA Bullet Train Barely Discussed In Governors Race
http://www.latimes.com/local/politics/la-me-campaign-train-20141028-story.html#page=1

Remaining Free Parking At Certain BART Stations Days Numbered
http://www.contracostatimes.com/News/ci_26794340/End-of-era-for-free-parking-at-BART

BART Seeks Public Comments On BART Station Improvements In San Francisco
http://www.sfexaminer.com/sanfrancisco/public-can-weigh-in-on-bart-stations-improvements-in-sf/Content?oid=2910441

Silicon Valley Business Group Wants To Improve Caltrain
http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/Business-Caltrain-group-vows-to-improve-commute-5849249.php

Sun Also Rises In East Dept: All Aboard Florida Company Spending Money On Political Lobbying
http://www.masstransitmag.com/news/11748590/all-aboard-florida-spends-millions-on-florida-political-process-newspaper-investigation-finds?utm_source=MASS+NewsViews+Newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=MASS141021002

Well, Media Thinks So Dept: Bullet Train Path Looking Smoother
http://capitolweekly.net/bullet-train-path-smoother-california/

Rail And Transit Advocates Knew This Years Ago Dept: Don’t Get Your Hopes Up About Self-Driving Cars
http://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2014/10/why-you-shouldnt-get-your-hopes-up-for-the-self-driving-car-calif-high-speed-rail-no-14/381850/

Tax To Fund ACE Trains To Modesto Discussed By Politicians
http://www.masstransitmag.com/news/11748271/officials-advocate-stanislaus-transportation-tax

Chicago, IL: Flyover Aims At Cutting Metra And Amtrak Train Congestion
http://www.masstransitmag.com/news/11748273/flyover-aimed-at-cutting-rail-congestion?utm_source=MASS+NewsViews+Newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=MASS141018002

Amtrak May Sell Real Estate and/or Development Rights In Northeast Corridor To Raise Capital Funding
http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-10-23/amtrak-considers-selling-real-estate-for-development.html

What French Cities Can Teach The U.S. About Transit Design
http://www.citylab.com/commute/2014/10/what-france-can-teach-us-cities-about-transit-design/381742/

New Jersey: Will Wise Guys’ Kin Get Benefit Of Their Property?
http://www.masstransitmag.com/news/11748000/transit-agency-weighs-court-bout-vs-mobsters-kin?utm_source=MASS+NewsViews+Newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=MASS141017003

No One Goes There Anymore Because Its Too Crowded Dept: Five New York Subway Records Set in September
http://www.masstransitmag.com/news/11747972/subway-hit-new-ridership-record-five-times-last-month?utm_source=MASS+NewsViews+Newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=MASS141017003

FRA Releases First “Southwest Multi-State Rail Planning Study”
http://www.fra.dot.gov/Page/P0723

But Are You Sure They Are Willing To Pay For It Dept: Poll Says Americans Favor Public Transit Over Roads
http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics/2014/10/more-prefer-public-transit-to-road-building/

Texas: Proposed Routes For Dallas-Houston High Speed Rail Revealed
http://www.dallasnews.com/news/transportation/20141022-proposed-routes-for-dallas-houston-high-speed-rail-revealed.ece

Silicon Valley Sprawls East, How Tech Jobs, Housing,  Transit Are Shaping A “Megaregion”
http://www.bizjournals.com/sanjose/news/2014/10/21/silicon-valley-sprawls-east-how-tech-jobs-housing.html?page=all

China Firm Lowballs Price On Constructing MBTA Replacement Railcars
http://www.masstransitmag.com/news/11747793/china-lowballs-mbta-bid?utm_source=MASS+NewsViews+Newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=MASS141016002

Lack Of Park And Ride Slots Reduces Los Angeles Transit Ridership, Media Says
http://www.latimes.com/local/california/la-me-california-commute-20141021-story.html

Minnesota: How The Twin Cities Got Transit Right [North Star Excepted?]
http://money.cnn.com/interactive/technology/minneapolis-light-rail/index.html

Revamping of Sacramento Valley Station – still no fix for long distance to platforms, though
http://www.comstocksmag.com/web-only/railway-station-revamp

Important Transit Measures In 2014 Elections
http://t4america.org/2014/10/21/transportation-related-measures-were-tracking-in-the-2014-elections/

From The Dark Side Dept: Can a $5.4 Billion Tunnel Fixed The “Notorious” I-710 Gap In South Pasadena?
http://www.latimes.com/local/california/la-me-ca-g-tunnel-for-notorious-710-gap-20141021-htmlstory.html

Business Leaders Claim Labor Pushed Proposed Railcar Factory From L.A. County
http://www.masstransitmag.com/news/11747009/business-leaders-say-labor-is-pushing-rail-car-plant-from-la-county?utm_source=MASS+NewsViews+Newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=MASS141015002

Chicago, IL: Metra’s 30-Year Plan Could Reshape Regional Rail
http://nextcity.org/daily/entry/chicago-metra-30-year-plan-regional-rail-future

BART Makes Progress With South Fremont/San Jose Extension
http://nextcity.org/daily/entry/bart-to-san-jose-athens-metro-trams-surabaya

From The Dark Side Dept: Media Parrots Highway Lobby Alarm About “How Terrible” Congestion Is
http://nextcity.org/daily/entry/cost-of-traffic-congestion-numbers-twist-the-data-in-annual-prank

From The Dumb Side Dept: Golden Gate Bridge District Wants To Dunn Walkers, Bicyclists For Using Big Red Bridge
http://www.contracostatimes.com/breaking-news/ci_26769191/golden-gate-bridge-renews-talk-tolls-walkers-bicyclists

Portland, OR: Five Reasons To Support The Milwaukie LRT Extension
http://transitsleuth.com/2014/10/19/portland-milwaukie-sellwood-pmlr/

New York Subway Prepares For Ebola With Random Subway Drills
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/10/16/andrew-cuomo-ebola-subway-drills_n_5999108.html

Columnist: No Winners In Railcar Builder Kinkisaryo’s Departure From Palmdale
http://www.latimes.com/opinion/op-ed/la-oe-newton-column-palmdale-rail-cars-20141020-column.html

San Jose BART Extension Work Continues, Above And Below Ground
http://www.mercurynews.com/News/ci_26748487/South-Bay-BART-work-moving-ahead-above-and-below-ground

SMART Could Get More Railcars After 2016 Startup
http://www.marinij.com/novato/ci_26750110/smart-could-get-more-rail-cars-after-service

Freight Would Pay For It? Dept: New $250+ Billion+ High Speed Rail Plan Revealed From Moscow To Beijing
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/travel/travel_news/article-2796861/plans-unveiled-new-144bn-high-speed-rail-link-moscow-beijing-cut-trans-siberian-journey-time-4-hours.html

Anti-Rail Gadfly Randal O’Toole Surfaces in Virginia Beach, VA Calling LRT “Lie Rail” (sic)
http://www.masstransitmag.com/news/11738446/light-rail-or-lie-rail-foe-tears-into-tide-at-beach-talk?utm_source=MASS+NewsViews+Newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=MASS141011002

Report Says Younger Generation Prefers Transit [And Bicycles] To Cars
http://articles.philly.com/2014-10-17/news/55112681_1_millennial-generation-public-transit-nj-transit

CHSRA Wins Round In California Supreme Court; Opponents Continue Battle In Other Venues
http://www.sacbee.com/news/politics-government/capitol-alert/article2830687.html

Foothill Gold Line Releases New Promotional Video
http://www.masstransitmag.com/press_release/12010037/foothill-gold-line-releases-new-video?utm_source=MASS+NewsViews+Newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=MASS141010003

Twin Cities, MN: Metro Transit’s Green Line Doubles Ridership Over Previous Bus Service
http://streets.mn/2014/10/15/lrt-beats-bus-in-the-central-corridor/

Zurich, Switzerland: World Class Transit Metropolis
http://vimeo.com/108884155

Group Says High Speed Rail Shortchanging West Fresno Residents
http://www.fresnobee.com/2014/10/14/4177416_west-fresno-group-says-more-money.html?&rh=1

Creepy Crawlies Halloween Dept: Deadly Snakes, Leopards And Landmines Can’t Stop Sri Lanka Railroad
http://nextcity.org/daily/entry/venomous-snakes-landmines-and-leopard-attacks-cant-stop-sri-lankas-railroad

Another Reason Not To Drive Dept: Woman Who Doesn’t Own Car Gets 18 Tickets From Fastrak Highway Bureaucrats
http://sacramento.cbslocal.com/2014/10/13/call-kurtis-i-dont-drive-fastrak-so-stop-ticketing-me/

Podcast: Return Of Streetcars In The United States
http://wnpr.org/post/return-american-streetcar

Nothing To Worry About Peak Period Only Commuter Bus Dept: Private Bus Tries To Compete Against Toronto Streetcars; Horsecars Too
http://nextcity.org/daily/entry/private-bus-toronto-streetcar-isle-of-man-horsecar

Opinions On California’s High Speed Rail Plans
http://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2014/10/all-aboard-for-the-california-high-speed-rail-chronicles/381386/

Thought Experiments Dept: Evolution of Twin Cities’ Green Line: A “Retrospective”
http://transportationist.org/2014/10/13/the-evolution-of-the-green-line-a-retrospective/

Before The Oil Runs Out Dept: Middle East Plans $200 Billion Worth of Rail And Transit Investments
http://www.masstransitmag.com/news/11720543/200b-worth-of-rail-and-metro-projects-planned-in-middle-east?utm_source=MASS+NewsViews+Newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=MASS141007002

I’ll See It When I Believe It Dept, Road Bureaucracy Edition: DMV Offices People Like (?!)
http://www.mercurynews.com/mr-roadshow/ci_26704233/roadshow-best-dmv-office-may-be-your-home

Caltrain Trench In Palo Alto Would Cost Over $1 Billion
http://www.mercurynews.com/peninsula/ci_26700938/study-trench-caltrain-palo-alto-could-cost-1b

Pittsburg Secures Grant For Its eBART Station
http://www.contracostatimes.com/east-county-times/ci_26698659/pittsburg-secures-2-5-million-ebart-station

Chicago, IL: Aldermen Seek O’Hare Airport Express Trains To Union Station, McCormick Place
http://www.masstransitmag.com/news/11715574/aldermen-seek-ohare-express-train-to-union-station-mccormick-place?utm_source=MASS+NewsViews+Newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=MASS141003003

Dallas DART Looks At Rail Extensions Options To North
http://nextcity.org/daily/entry/dallas-metro-light-rail-bus

Rod Diridon Receives “Hall Of Fame” Award From American Public Transit Association
http://www.kcbd.com/story/26727636/rod-diridon-sr-to-receive-hall-of-fame-award-from-american-public-transportation-association-in-houston-on-tuesday-october-14

Are There Differences Between Motorist And Pedestrian Brains?
http://streets.mn/2014/10/08/is-there-a-physical-difference-between-the-brains-of-pedestrians-and-motorists/

Minneapolis, MN Will Pursue Streetcars and BRT For Poor, Minority Neighborhoods
http://www.minnpost.com/politics-policy/2014/10/minneapolis-pledges-pursue-streetcars-and-brt-way-better-serve-poor-and-mino

Tour Of The Roof Of New Anaheim Surfliner Train Terminal
http://gizmodo.com/a-tour-of-the-futuristic-roof-on-californias-new-high-s-1641494500

Amtrak Northeast Corridor Hudson River Tunnels Into New York Need Extensive Repairs
http://www.metro-magazine.com/news/story/2014/10/report-details-needed-work-to-fix-amtrak-n-y-tunnels.aspx?utm_campaign=Rail-Transit-NEW-20141008&utm_source=Email&utm_medium=Enewsletter

New Hudson Tunnels May Require Amtrak To Buy $400 Million Hotel Next To Penn Station
http://www.nj.com/traffic/index.ssf/2014/10/amtrak_has_404_million_hurdle.html

Boorish Punks Inconvenience Other Riders On New York Subways
http://www.masstransitmag.com/news/11714401/man-spread-a-widening-blight-on-public-transportation-say-riders?utm_source=MASS+NewsViews+Newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=MASS141002002

Downtown L.A. Light Rail Subway Begins Construction
http://nextcity.org/daily/entry/la-downtown-subway-istanbul-metro-path-extension

Supporters Say Alameda County Measure BB “Last Chance” For Livermore BART Extension
http://www.contracostatimes.com/contra-costa-times/ci_26674731/city-bart-officials-call-measure-bb-last-chance

From The Doh! Homer! Dark Side Dept: Talking Cars Are Distracting To Drivers
http://www.contracostatimes.com/breaking-news/ci_26678597/talking-your-car-can-be-dangerous-studies-say

New York Will Face Transit Crisis When Hudson Tubes Undergo Repairs
http://www.thetransportpolitic.com/2014/10/06/with-no-new-rail-tunnel-on-the-horizon-under-the-hudson-new-york-faces-a-looming-transport-crisis/

Hey, I Thought This Was In Tony Soprano Land Dept: Transit Board To Rehire Felon After Prison Term Up
http://wvmetronews.com/2014/10/01/centra-board-votes-to-retain-general-manager-after-prison-time-board-president-resigns/

Doh! Homer! Dept: Dan Walters – Bay Bridge Failures Cast Doubt On High Speed Rail
http://www.sacbee.com/news/politics-government/capitol-alert/article2620092.html

Concerned About Safety, California PUC To Inspect Railroad Bridges For First Time
http://www.sacbee.com/news/local/article2621371.html

Poll Shows High Interest In Riding SMART By Marin And Sonoma Residents
http://www.masstransitmag.com/news/11709930/smart-poll-shows-interest-among-potential-riders-is-strong?utm_source=MASS+NewsViews+Newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=MASS140927002

CHSRA Takes First Steps Towards Buying Rolling Stock
http://www.bizjournals.com/sacramento/news/2014/10/02/high-speed-rail-authority-takes-first-step-toward.html

Zombie Trains In Time For Halloween Dept: Push For Ballard-West Seattle Monorail Line Rises From Its Grave
http://www.masstransitmag.com/news/11708914/push-for-ballard-west-seattle-monorail-line-revived?utm_source=MASS+NewsViews+Newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=MASS140926003

Hard To Tell When BART Parking Lots Are Full
http://www.sfgate.com/default/article/Infuriated-drivers-go-in-circles-as-BART-parking-5795134.php

Marin County: Generic SMART Station Design On The Right Track For Civic Center
http://www.marinij.com/marinnews/ci_26643461/county-generic-smart-station-right-track-at-civic

Fort Worth, TX: TEX Rail Receives FTA “Record of Decision”
http://www.metro-magazine.com/news/story/2014/10/tex-rail-receives-fta-record-of-decision.aspx?utm_campaign=Rail-Transit-NEW-20141001&utm_source=Email&utm_medium=Enewsletter

Tucson Streetcar Ridership Continues To Exceed Projections
http://www.metro-magazine.com/news/story/2014/09/tucson-streetcar-ridership-exceeds-expectations.aspx?utm_campaign=Rail-Transit-NEW-20141001&utm_source=Email&utm_medium=Enewsletter

“My Bridge For A Bucket of Bolts” (With Apologies To Shakespeare’s Richard III) Dept: Bay Bridge Bolts Sitting In Water
http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/Nearly-all-Bay-Bridge-tower-rods-sitting-in-water-5792535.php