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Two more BART stations are getting elevator attendants
By Filipa Ioannou Published 12:25 pm PDT, Thursday, July 25, 2019

Over the years, BART has tried a variety of strategies to keep people from behaving badly in station elevators (including one memorable poster campaign in which sad, anthropomorphized elevators dolefully declared, "I'm not a bathroom").

But the most successful seems to be a pilot program, launched at the Civic Center and Powell Street stations April 30, 2018, stationing attendants in the elevators. The results were so positive, the BART board voted to double the number of stations with elevator attendants at a Thursday meeting.

The program led to a drop in reports of elevators being "intentionally soiled" and improved elevator conditions for people who use wheelchairs, people with strollers and seniors, according to Assistant Superintendent of System Service David Coggshall . . . .

"All Downtown SF stations will have clean, drug free, and safe elevators," BART wrote on Twitter. "This is one of our most successful programs to date for improving the BART experience."
https://www.sfgate.com/travel/resour...-14135435.php#

Who woulda thought?

Now if some brilliant BART manager only comes up with the idea of having a couple of BART cops continuously patrolling downtown stations, including platforms, BART might once again be a safe and secure transit system. Who knows? They might even evict homeless people sprawled on the floors of stations nodding on heroin or just drunk.
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What would a seamless public transit system connecting the Bay Area look like? And how would it expand people’s access to housing and jobs?

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- To answer these questions, Seamless Bay Area developed a map of an improved, regionally integrated transit network - called the Seamless Bay Area Vision Map. This map represents what transportation could be like in the future if the Bay Area planned and operated transit as a unified network. It builds on numerous existing transportation plans and input from stakeholders from across the region, but is also highly aspirational.

Network Planning Principles:

• Create an interconnected frequent transit network, facilitating seamless transfers between buses, rail, and ferries

• Maximize connections between major transit corridors, especially rail

• Utilize existing infrastructure where possible

• Provide transit service for a range of new growth centers throughout the region

• Support coordination of transit service with land use

• Give people options and create flexibility in the network

• Ensure local and regional networks work together in harmony; for certain corridors, allow a combination of regional and local service

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BART Nabs $125M in Federal Funds to Speed Up San Jose Extension

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BART’s San Jose extension may arrive sooner than expected thanks to $125 million in fast-track funding awarded this week.

The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) announced Wednesday that the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) would receive $125 million to speed up the second phase of the Silicon Valley extension.

The project is set to extend train service six miles from the Berryessa Transit Center, stopping at Alum Rock/28th Street Station, Downtown San Jose Station, Diridon Station, and ending at Santa Clara Station.
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New San Francisco ferry delivered

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The Pyxis operates on the San Francisco Bay Ferry's Vallejo route. WETA photo

The first U.S. passenger ferry with Tier 4 emissions controls went into service with the San Francisco Bay Ferry system in March. The 445-passenger high speed Pyxis (pronounced “pik-sis”) is the fifth new ferry built for the fleet since the Hydrus-class started in 2017, and serves the growing Vallejo route.

“They operate on a longer route than the Hydrus boats. We’re a one-hour trip,” said Martin Robbins, general manager of the Bay Ferry’s Vallejo division. “These are waterjet boats so they’re designed for 34 knots. They will make 37 or 38 knots running light.”

Delivered in February by Dakota Creek Industries Inc., Anacortes, Wash., the 142.7’x39.4’x5.4′, all-aluminum Pyxis is the first new boat on the northern bay route since 1997, and the first of three to be delivered by the end of 2019. It is very similar in design to the earlier waterjet ferries also conceived by designers at Advanced Multihull Designs (AMD) of Australia, sized up to accommodate steady demand growth on the route, said Robbins.

“It’s largely the same design, 2.6 meters (8.5’) longer so we can get passenger capacity up from the mid-300s to 445,” he said. “We seen steady growth for five to six years. We slowed down a little bit, and that might have been because of our capacity limits. The parking lots are full and we’ve had to turn people away. Hopefully these new boats will help turn that around.”
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Sister ships Lyra and Vela are scheduled for delivery in June and December. WETA officials say the Pyxis was designed and built at a cost of $23 million. Funding sources included Federal Transit Administration grants, bridge toll revenue, State Proposition 1B and State Transit Assistance.
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Why do modern ferries have to be so ugly? I guess it's the same with modern cruiseliners vs. graceful old oceanliners. Would be cool to have an old ferry in form outfitted with modern interiors, motive power and safety inside.
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Why do modern ferries have to be so ugly? I guess it's the same with modern cruiseliners vs. graceful old oceanliners. Would be cool to have an old ferry in form outfitted with modern interiors, motive power and safety inside.
The passenger experience on these things still hands down beats BART. The new ferries are clean, spacious, and still have the on-board bar.
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Why do modern ferries have to be so ugly? I guess it's the same with modern cruiseliners vs. graceful old oceanliners. Would be cool to have an old ferry in form outfitted with modern interiors, motive power and safety inside.
It's probably due to efficiency and stability concerns. You can't get a catamaran to look like an old monohull ferry, and I'm sure the old designs had a lot more drag than these.
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SMART Train Service to Larkspur Landing Begins Dec. 14

Dec.4, 2019
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A SMART train on a trial run from San Rafael stops at the new station in Larkspur. (Sherry LaVars/ Special to Marin Independent Journal)

After more than two years of construction and testing, Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit will begin running trains to Larkspur starting Dec. 14.

“This has been a long journey,” Barbara Pahre, vice president of the SMART board, said after the announcement on Wednesday.

The Larkspur station’s proximity to the Golden Gate Ferry terminal will allow train riders from as far north as the Sonoma County Airport to reach San Francisco with one transfer. Riders currently have to either transfer to a bus or use other modes of transportation to get to the terminal.

An opening ceremony at the Larkspur station is planned at 1 p.m. Dec. 13. The following day, SMART plans to hold a ceremony to marking the opening of the downtown Novato station.

“It should be a great weekend,” Farhad Mansourian, SMART’s general manager, told the board during its meeting in Petaluma.

Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit began construction on the 2.2-mile-long, $55.4 million extension from downtown San Rafael to Larkspur in July 2017. The station is about an eight-minute walk from the Larkspur Ferry Terminal. Neither the ferry service nor SMART plan to run a shuttle between the two stations.

Effective Jan. 2, SMART trains will be running on a new schedule that was created in coordination with Golden Gate Ferry. The new schedule will increase total weekday trips from 34 to 38 trips as well as add earlier weekend trains.

In the intervening two weeks, SMART trains will be operating on an interim schedule.
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The SF ferry is my favorite mode of public transportation in the US. Trying to finish a six pack between SF and Vallejo was my favorite part.
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The SF ferry is my favorite mode of public transportation in the US. Trying to finish a six pack between SF and Vallejo was my favorite part.
That's a hell of a lot easier than trying to chug-a-lug a beer on the SF-Alameda run, haha
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