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Old Posted Apr 28, 2015, 2:56 AM
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Flew OAK-BUR mid-day today and got a nice view of the deconstruction of the old Bay Bridge and the new Treasure Island on/off ramps.

We turned too "late" to get downtown SF on my side of the plane, even though last time I flew the route, I was on the right side of the plane to look down on the financial district. It was so clear it would have been sweet to get a look down on the city, oh well, no complaints.



And bonus shot of the GG Bridge and Marin Headlands.

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Old Posted May 12, 2015, 12:19 AM
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Mayor Wants To Reroute Caltrain Past Warriors Arena, Tear Down 280 Overpass

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The big news being broken by mustache twins Matier & Ross today is a potential plan, unveiled in a closed-door meeting last week at City Hall, to drastically rethink the routing of Caltrain and the eventual hi-speed rail line so that it hugs the waterfront, passes by the Warriors Arena, and frees up the existing rail yard at 4th and King for future development. The idea would be to remove a large section of the 280 overpass as well, so that what is currently an industrial area cut through by a freeway would become a new neighborhood with big development potential.

The plan would call for a major, and extremely expensive track reroute and underground tunnel that would turn existing tracks at 22nd Street, taking them under the waterfront from there, along Third Street, past the new, 18,000 seat Warriors Arena — thereby eliminating more need for parking which is one of the arguments being levied by those shadowy opponents — and create a new joint Caltrain/Hi-Speed Rail/Muni station near AT&T Park.

The track would then go under SoMa more directly to the new Transbay Terminal at First and Mission, and this would replace the need to extend Caltrain tracks up 4th Street, which had the been the plan until now.
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This article answers the question of when the SMART Larkspur extension would open at the earliest:

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Feds give SMART environmental clearance to go to Larkspur


Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit showed off one of its train cars to attendees at a San Rafael public forum on transportation earlier this month. Robert Tong — Marin Independent Journal

By Mark Prado, Marin Independent Journal

Posted: 05/21/15, 4:03 PM PDT

A planned extension of the SMART commuter train from San Rafael to Larkspur has gained environmental approval from the federal government, helping clear a path to connect the two cities.

The Federal Transit Administration announced this week there were no significant impacts to the environment associated with the project. Work started on the environmental plan by SMART more than two years ago, even though at that time funding for the extension had not been fully identified.

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President Obama’s budget for 2015-16 issued in February includes $20 million to complete construction of the rail extension. And so far, so good.

“We (have) advanced in the federal budget from the subcommittee to the appropriations committee for the extension to Larkspur,” noted SMART board member Jake Mackenzie.

Federal approval of the environmental document allows SMART to proceed with a design for the extension. Mansourian hopes to convene San Rafael, Larkspur, Golden Gate Bridge and other local officials in the coming weeks to discuss aspects of the project. Ideally, the extension to Larkspur could be launched in 2017, although Mansourian acknowledged that might be optimistic.

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Work has already been done on a key stretch to get service to Larkspur. In December 2010 the revamped Cal Park Hill Tunnel, an 1,100-foot tube, was opened at a cost of $28 million.

The federal funding would allow SMART to put rails from the transit center in San Rafael through the tunnel and connect trains to Golden Gate Ferry service, which can then take commuters into San Francisco.

Reach the author at mprado@marinij.com or follow Mark on Twitter: @MarkPradoIJ.
For full article: http://www.marinij.com/general-news/...go-to-larkspur
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