Driving up 101 in northern California recently, I noticed a rail line following the road. It appeared to be abandoned. Are there any plans to convert this line? It would be a great draw to Humboldt and Mendocino counties.
The new Oakland Airport Connector, which has drawn passionate supporters and opponents alike, moved another step closer to reality Thursday, after BART directors approved a controversial new funding plan for the project.The controversy is on how well the funding can be pulled off - parts of it may fall through.
Work being done by Caltrans as part of Highway 101 wideningHowever, it also has potential funding problems - a gap of $155 million in committed funds so far. But if they get that money before long, they should be able to start service around 2014.
The first tracks of a railroad line that someday will carry commuters in Sonoma and Marin counties are being laid near San Rafael.
SMART is planning to send some board members and staff to Japan, where Sumitomo runs a very similar train between Nagoya and Takayama. The trip will take place before the board makes a final decision Nov. 10.Something like this, I suppose (JR Tokai KIHA 85 limited express DMU):
“We are sensitive to spending money on a trip like this when we are looking at a deficit,” SMART spokesman Chris Coursey said. “This is $60 million for what will be the signature piece of equipment for the system. We want to know what we are getting.”
kaitoku wrote:"Since then, the length of the initial operating segment of the railroad they plan to build has shrunk approximately by half."To be fair, SMART works under a far more restricted budget than the State of California or the United States. It appears all but $35 Million of a $400 to $700 Million project is being financed from a quarter cent sales tax. If the local economy falters slightly, so does SMART's tax revenues. SMART doesn't have the power to print paper money.
Welcome to the new 21st century America, where in less than a year, a project is shrunk to half its size. When once it was "can do", now it's "let's make it cheaper", or, "we don't have the money!" Oh, well, thanks to Metrolinx, at least the order is still viable. I feel sorry for children nowadays, when I was a tot, we had Apollo and the Space Lab, now it's "keep gd'damn government out of my medicare!"- some inspiration to live, geez...
It's going to take more time — and $45 million more than estimated last year — to get the controversial SMART train rolling, but the rail project is "balanced and funded," a top official reported Friday.I checked that, and also SMART - Sonoma Marin Area Rail Transit - Home Page, and I could find nothing on what construction, if any, has now been done.
Yesterday, Sonoma Marin Area Rail Transit (SMART) officials completed negotiations with a Stacy and Witbeck Inc./Herzog Contracting Corp. joint venture for the construction of the first phase of the commuter-rail system between Santa Rosa and San Rafael, Calif.
The full SMART board is scheduled to approve the contract next week, SMART officials said in a prepared statement.
The project involves building 37 miles of track; repairing, rehabilitating or replacing 20 bridges; and reconstructing numerous crossings and station platforms, said SMART General Manager Farhad Mansourian.
Personally, I'm very interested in seeing the performance of the Sumitomo/NipponSharyo trainsets.Well, with 30 minute headways during peak, the performance requirements are not demanding, which is all the better given FRA compliance requirements.
The commuter rail cars that will run between Sonoma and Marin counties have passed federal crash tests, are in the final design stages and are on track to be delivered in October 2013.
“This is the state of the art for commuter rail, which shares the track with freight railroads,” said Kevin Koyasu, president and chief executive officer of Nippon Sharyo USA, based in Arlington Heights, Ill.
The Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit District developed specifications for the new rail car to meet Federal Railroad Administration regulations for crash-worthiness and new emission standards that take effect in 2014.
A stainless-steel prototype of the SMART car was built at the company's plant in Japan, where it passed compression tests for crashworthiness, Koyasu said.http://www.petaluma360.com/article/2012 ... l&tc=pgall
The car shells will be built in Japan and then shipped to the Illinois plant for assembly, largely with American-made components, including a Cummings diesel engine, brakes, seats and windows.