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another year without TransLink

translink-reader.jpgSince I arrived here in March, I have come to appreciate the delicate tapestry, make that irregularly stitched quilt, that is the Bay Area. The diversity of locales, attitudes and interest make the region fascinating, but at the same time, not entirely cohesive.

I recently learned that while LA may be a transportation nightmare, at least the place is unified, for the most part, into one municipality of 3 million souls inside one mega-county of 10 million. Standardizing something like a fare system is a snap. Want to build mass transit? The machine will get it done, no matter how egregious the cost overruns, waste, fraud and abuse.

Here in the Cities by the Bay, however, we have a rapid transit system that works on one fare system connecting three dozen other transit agencies, each with its own peculiar way of Read the rest of this entry »

Posted on Wednesday, January 3rd, 2007
Under: AC Transit, BART, Buses, Fare systems, technology | 21 Comments »

is that an airport connector in your pocket?

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As BART directors agonize over unions and competition from AC Transit and airport parking, e-mailer Jerry Schneider tells me he’s got just the aspirin for BART’s headache.Call it the little people mover, which has been dreamed up in many varieties, all of which sport the same main attributes.

One, they can operate on an elevated track, just like the more traditional airport-style, driverless people mover BART is contemplating.

Two, they’re allegedly cheap. And the best part is, three, they’re Read the rest of this entry »

Posted on Wednesday, October 4th, 2006
Under: BART, rail, technology | 8 Comments »