NWP reconstruction for commuter rail

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Posted by MikeF90 on Monday, June 26, 2017 3:16 PM

Some important news - apparently SMART has found enough taxpayer $$$ to award a contract for the critical extension from San Rafael to Larkspur:

http://www.marinij.com/general-news/20170622/smart-awards-363m-contract-for-larkspur-extension

Not sure exactly what this funding covers. The bus station and some adjacent roadways in downtown San Rafael require major modification and relocation.

To be successful, they will need to build a weather tight pedestrian walkway (people mover?) directly from the southern terminus across Sir Francis Drake Highway to the ferry terminal. Otherwise, commuters will face a ridiculously long walk. Good luck with that.

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Posted by mudchicken on Monday, June 26, 2017 8:06 PM

...and they get across Anderson Dr and Francisco Blvd W exactly how? (You just know that the inept crooks in San Rafael City Hall aren't going to own up to that blunder*! [5 lane crossing at a skew angle at an urban US-101 freeway interchange])

 

(*) another case of the railroad isn't coming back, so we can do as we please even though we signed a VERY restrictive agreement with NWP and SMARTOops to place the crossing back in service when the time comes at city expense.

Really need Chad Thomas' popcorn icon for this thread.

Mudchicken Nothing is worth taking the risk of losing a life over. Come home tonight in the same condition that you left home this morning in. Safety begins with ME.... cinscocom-west
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Posted by MikeF90 on Tuesday, April 10, 2018 2:32 PM

A little more money is coming for the Larkspur extension:

https://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/SMART-railroad-wins-funding-to-extend-to-Larkspur-12820111.php

No details if the station will be closer to the ferry terminal.

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Posted by MikeF90 on Friday, April 27, 2018 2:24 PM

Funding has been received to build the planned extension north to Windsor, just north of Santa Rosa: http://sonomamarintrain.org/node/223

I'm a little skeptical about the ridership possibilities; this town is known to be infested with multi-thousand sq-ft McMansions whose owners may not step out of their Lexus' and BMW's.

SMART is also pursing funding for the extension to Healdsburg a little further north; I believe that the Russian River bridge will have to be refurbished.

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