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CalTrain to Run 6-Car Trains

Posted on May 9, 2015 at 1:15 AM Comments comments (0)

CalTrain's ridership has skyrocketed in just the past few years. Daily weekday ridership now tops 61,000 every day, compared to 34,000 in 2010, a 71% increase. This also means that trains, during peak commute hours, are potentially operating at more than 100% capacity.


To help cope with the drastically increasing ridership, CalTrain will begin running 6-car trains on Monday, May 11th. The extra car will add 150 seats to every Bombardier Train in CalTrain's fleet. The 16 new cars are Bombardier Bi-Level Cars from MetroLink, in Southern California. 


CalTrain will implement 4 of these cars during peak hours on the most popular trains, but will also be used other times of the day as well. The 12 other cars will need more extensive repair efforts before being put into service. 


CalTrain has stated that one of their greatest goals this years was to find ways to increase capacity to cope with the growing ridership. 


A few of the new cars will be converted to bicycle cars to help with the overwhelming rise of bikes on trains. CalTrain plans to add a third bicycle car to every Bombardier Train, increasing the number of bike spaces from 40 to 72. This will also bring the total number of train cars per train to 7.


6-car Trains:

Northbound:

 305, 313, 319, 323, 135, 257,

 267, 371, 287, 289 197, 199

Southbound:

 102, 206, 314, 228, 138, 146

 366, 370, 380, 282, 194, 198


For more information, visit www.caltrain.com.

Parking Fares at 3 BART Stations to Rise on June 1

Posted on May 8, 2015 at 10:25 AM Comments comments (0)

Millbrae, Concord, and North Concord/Martinez Stations will recieve a raise in parking fares on June 1, 2015. The increased fees are:

Millbrae ($2.50), Concord ($1.50), North Concord/Martinez ($1.50)


After every evaluation per six months, BART raises or lowers the fare of the station. If the lot is 100% full, its fare would rise by 50 cents. If the lot is less than 95% full, the fare lowers by 50 cents. 


BART has raised the fares of these three stations to help fund major system improvements, modernization, and BART's three capital projects.


Bart.gov provides more information on this topic. 

BART Offers Free Shuttle for Golf-Loving Riders

Posted on April 20, 2015 at 10:35 AM Comments comments (0)

World Golf Championships® Cadillac Match is coming to TC Harding Park Golf Course in San Francisco. BART will be generous to golfers by offering a free shuttle between Daly City Station and the TC Harding Park. The service will begin on April 27th and last until May 3rd. 


The shuttle will stop in the parking lot at Daly City Station near John Daly Boulevard and Delong Street. The shuttle then proceeds to Sunset Circle across from the golf course.


The last shuttle will leave Sunset Circle an hour after the end of play. 


For a list of schedules for each day of operation, and for more info, visit https://www.bart.gov/news/articles/2015/news20150416-2.

CalTrain Receives More Bi-Level Cars

Posted on April 3, 2015 at 10:55 PM Comments comments (0)

CalTrain has received the train cars they have purchased from Metrolink in Southern California. These cars are Bombardier bi-level cars, which are the same as the current cars on the Baby Bullet trains.


CalTrain will expand their current Bombardier sets to six cars, with the added being a bike car. CalTrain has purchases 16 cars from Metrolink. CalTrain expects to enter the new cars in service by the end of 2015.

CalTrain Looks to Accommodate More Bicyclists

Posted on March 21, 2015 at 12:40 PM Comments comments (0)

During peak hours, bicyclists who ride CalTrain have to be cautious about which train they get on. This is due to CalTrain running two types of trains: The older Gallery trains, which can handle 80 bikes, and the newer Bombardier trains, which can handle just 48 bikes. Currently, the bombardier bi-level cars are used on the baby bullet.


Commuters of CalTrain are sometimes asked to wait for the next train if all bike spaces are taken. Trains with Bombardier cars are more likely to be filled. 


CalTrain executive director Michael Scanlon announced in January that CalTrain is committed to adding another bike car onto all Bombardier trains. 


Caltrain spokeswoman Christine Dunn said, “By adding a third bike car to Bombardier trains, the number of bikes that can board any train will be more consistent, no matter what kind of equipment is used."


CalTrain bikers have been hoping for the extra bike cars since September, when CalTrain announced they were buying 16 new rail cars.


In 4 years, between 2010 and 2014, bicyclists who ride CalTrain have increased 121%. In essence, 1 in every 10 riders will bring their bike on CalTrain. And CalTrain should prepare for this number to increase.


For more information, visit The Peninsula Press.

Accessibility Improvements Beginning at San Bruno BART Station

Posted on March 16, 2015 at 1:10 PM Comments comments (0)

Between March 16th and the end of April, BART crews will be working to improve the plaza sidewalks and ADA accessibility at San Bruno Station. A temporary relocation of an accessible route will be put in until work is completed.


People with disabilities will have to go from the parking lot between the station and the mall on the southeast side. Passengers will then proceed around the BART Police Station to the entrance. Cones and arrows will be layed out to help mark the way to the entrance.


The project will be completed in three phases:

Phase 1: Temporary relocation of the accessible route. Crews will work to remove and restore a concrete section in the Plaza area. After Phase 1 is complete, the existing accessible route will be brought back in for service.

 

Phase 2: Crews will remove and restore a portion of concrete in the Plaza area.

 

Phase 3: Crews will install ADA compliant accessible tiles (see map below).


To see a map of the temporary accessible path, click here.


For more information, visit http://www.bart.gov/.

Expect BART Delays on Daly City Trains This Weekend

Posted on February 27, 2015 at 5:15 PM Comments comments (0)

BART crews plan to mobilize Daly City BART Station all weekend. BART crews plan to complete a huge list of repairs such as platform work and painting. Passengers can expect delays of 10 to 15 minutes.

To keep delays at an absolute minimum, Richmond/Millbrae trains will terminate at 24th Street Station. Passengers will have to transfer to an SFO/Millbrae train to continue down to Colma, South San Francisco, San Bruno and SFO Airport. Pittsburg Bay Point/SFO Millbrae trains will run at their normal schedule with minor delays.

On Saturday, February 28th, Dublin/Pleasanton and Fremont trains will terminate at 24th Street Mission instead of their normal terminus at Daly City. On Sunday, March 1st, Dublin/Pleasanton trains will terminate at 24th Street Mission. If passengers need to get to Daly City, service is provided by one (1) train every twenty minutes instead of the normal three on Saturday and two on Sunday. Passengers who need to get to Glen Park, Balboa Park, and Daly City Stations will have to transfer at 24th Street Mission for an SFO/Millbrae train.

On Saturday, Richmond/Millbrae trains will terminate at Montgomery Station in Downtwon San Francisco. Passengers will have to transfer to a SFO/Millbrae train for continued service down the line. 

For more information, visit http://www.bart.gov/.

BART Measles Outbreak

Posted on February 26, 2015 at 5:55 PM Comments comments (0)

Nine days ago a LinkedIn employee rode BART from Lafayette to Montgomery before being diagnosed with measles. Now it's happened again. A passenger rode BART on a Richmond-bound train from Millbrae to Civic Center before being diagnosed with measles. The passenger rode between 4:30 and 5:00 on February 20th. Although Bay Area residents should be aware of the situation, we have little to worry about.

Even though measles is highly contagious, people who have been vaccinated for measles have an extremely small change of catching the disease, even with physical contact. People who were born in 1957 are most likely immune, as they have probably caught measles already. People who are not vaccinated, however, have a high risk of catching the disease. 

The symptoms of measles include high fevers, a runny nose, watery eyes, and coughing. A rash also develops and sweeps across the body. The rash typically lasts five to six days. An infected person is highly contagious for several days before and after the rash occurs. 

For more information, visit the CDC website at http://www.cdc.gov/measles/index.html or go to the California Department of Public Health (CDPH). For outbreak information, visit http://www.cdc.gov/measles/.

CalTrain Strikes Vehicle At Ravenswood Ave.

Posted on February 23, 2015 at 8:35 PM Comments comments (0)

A vehicle at Ravenswood Ave. was struck by southbound train #360. Trains are not moving near Menlo Park due to the struck vehicle. The locomotive involved with this accident is leaking fuel currently and can not move on its own. CalTrain is trying to single-track in the area. SamTrans is accepting CalTrain fare between Menlo Park and Palo Alto. BART is to accept CalTrain fare at Millbrae. Use SamTrans and BART as an alternative. Use SamTrans Bus ECR as an alternative in the area.

Update: Tracks are now cleared for max speed through Menlo Park, according to CalTrain. The street is still closed for crossing repair.