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May 12, 2020



I don't even know what to say.........



From the DJ:

The city of San Mateo will receive $23.8 million in funding to complete its 25th Avenue Grade Separation Project after the San Mateo County Transportation Authority voted to grant the funding to the city last week.

The decision came at the Jan. 7 San Mateo County Transportation Authority meeting. The Caltrain 25th Avenue Grade Separation Project, which is around 85% finished, has overrun construction costs of $25.9 million. The city of San Mateo has agreed to pay $2.1 million to finish the project, while the remaining $23.8 million will now come from the Transportation Authority.

Caltrain officials cited COVID-19 cost overruns and issues with the relocation of a gas line and two fiber-optic lines as significant reasons for financial cost overruns.

As one of the guys who put one of those fiber-optic lines in circa 1984, I can tell you this was 100% foreseeable.


The Porkulus Bill has delivered some oikers to Caltrain. https://www.smdailyjournal.com/news/local/caltrain-to-get-fed-money-for-electrification/article_2dc563be-82ee-11eb-8862-d3452190bf38.html#utm_source=smdailyjournal.com&utm_campaign=%2Fnewsletters%2Fheadlines%2F%3F-dc%3D1615561202&utm_medium=email&utm_content=headline

As part of the recently passed federal American Rescue Plan Act, an estimated $1.25 billion will be available in transit funding for the San Francisco-Oakland area, which includes San Mateo County, with Caltrain earmarked to receive around $52 million for electrification, said Charles Stone, chair of the San Mateo County Transit District.

“Any extra funding we get at Caltrain right now is huge. We’ve got a shortfall,” said Stone, also the mayor of Belmont.

Stone said the $52 million would help electrification projects like the Caltrain Modernization Program, which will upgrade service reliability, including conversion to an electric fleet and station improvements.

Ya think they should have cut the schedule back big time when everyone was sheltering and done some lay-offs? Yep

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