Last Sunday, I brought along a friend of mine visiting from Vermont to MacArthur BART to view the upcoming Fleet of the Future train by BART. Developed and built by Bombardier near Montreal, this new train will feature more passenger-friendly amenities, from 3 doors on each side instead of the current two, to more bike spaces and hanging straps. Perhaps the coolest feature would be brand new, digital route maps and station annunciator systems, features that have been long overdue and badly wanted by passengers. A train test engineer from Bombardier told me that it will start operating the new train (as a 10-car consist) from 2017 as more cars are being brought in from the East Coast.
Bagging a local scholarship for this year's Rail-Volution Conference in San Francisco was by far one of the most intriguing things I've ever received. With a grant of $550 to attend the conference, I've committed myself to attending each and every single day of it, which consisted of dozens of workshops (at the hotel and on the field) to choose from, many social events, and a bountiful of opportunities to meet transportation professionals from around the United States and beyond. I've even made quite a lot of new friends too, for which I am grateful that a wonderful group of transportation planners and staff members from Salt Lake City adopted me as "Utah".
In this series of reflections, I will break it down into multiple parts, in which I will do it on a chronological (day-by-day) basis, full of images I've taken throughout the conference. Heck, I might throw in transit photography as well for good measure!
I attended this year's Muni Heritage Weekend, in which I got to see some of the agency's older vehicles, all of which have been retired from passenger service many years ago. This year's attendance would be my second time attending this event, the first time I went there was last year.
With new station construction and train testing underway, the Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit is on track for opening revenue service come Christmas 2016. While it will save me up to 20 minutes' worth of travel time between San Rafael and Novato, there is a major caveat that I need to address.
Attending a board meeting that discusses issues from how the Geary BRT will be implemented to hearing residents' pleas to reopen bus stops is essential in assessing the next steps in reshaping one of San Francisco's most critical issues: transportation. However, going even deeper into meeting people and understanding how a large city's bureaucracy works truly motivates me to go into even more meetings like the one I attended today so that I can figure out how I can finally start my long career as a transportation planner and discover how much work I need to do to convince city, state, and federal leaders to act and do the right things for our infrastructure and mobility.
Golden Gate Transit coordinated with Marin Transit's massive service adjustments that took place 12 June 2016, and it has streamlined its regional services that the transit agency has focused on restructuring its Basic Routes. On this post, I will note my impressions of what Golden Gate has done to improve its service (especially) in Marin County.
Change has finally come to Marin Transit and Golden Gate Transit with a major revamp that includes a few line eliminations, several route modifications, and new services that, hopefully, will translate to better service for regular commuters and tourists visiting San Francisco. In part 1, I will describe the changes made by Marin Transit, as well as sharing images of the new services the agency now operates.
In an effort to "modernize" its fleet, San Francisco Municipal Railway is undergoing a massive fleet renewal which will involve retiring multiple buses (and a few bus types) at once while it introduces even more new coaches at the same time. Here are some of the buses that have been retired for good over the past few months:
I've been following the developments of the upcoming Marin Transit Service Changes due 12 June 2016, in which I have been tipped off by at least two drivers working for Marin Airporter on which Golden Gate Transit routes will go to either Marin Airporter or MV Transportation. So far, the details are a bit fluid, but I have some idea of which routes have been awarded to both agencies.
Born in Manila, moved to the Bay Area, I am a traveler, photographer, university student, and a fan of several sports teams and SimCity. And yet, my life remains simple and down-to-earth.