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December 08, 2021

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Chocolate, chocolate chip!

Your government tax dollars at work. Expect more cost over runs now that the Biden’s infrastructure bill boondoggle is law.
It’s all free, too!😏

Jennifer Pfaff

At least there are wires are finally strung on the poles, now. I was starting to wonder if we were just going to have the pole part!

Paloma Ave

Nothing like investing hundreds of millions and/or billions of dollars in 1830's technology!

Christopher Cooke

When has a public works project ever come in on time and under budget?

Peter Garrison


And HSR keeps chugging along…


“With no end in sight to the pandemic-induced downturn in public transportation ridership, many Bay Area transit agencies are warily eyeing their operating budgets, which have been kept afloat by billions in federal relief money during the public health crisis.

Riders are not returning in force and without their ticketing revenue, transit operators are burning through federal funds with hundreds of millions in budget shortfalls on the horizon. That means transit agencies are looking for new cash and voters may be asked to foot the bill in the coming years if they want to avoid service cuts.

“Everybody is asking how long the runway might be for the federal money provided and nobody knows the answer to that,” said Seamus Murphy, the executive director of Water Emergency Transportation Authority, which runs the San Francisco Bay Ferry. “Our fiscal cliff is imminent. … It’s all dependent on how ridership returns.”

Nearly two years after public health lockdowns collapsed public transportation ridership overnight, transit operators around the country are acknowledging that many riders will not be back for the foreseeable future. Remote work has become a permanent lifestyle for much of the workforce and rising COVID-19 case numbers and the omicron variant continue to push away would-be passengers from public transportation.”

Mercury News 12/20/2021

Peter Garrison

Even better: Headline for DJ notes “…Burlingame slated for thousands of new homes” to be built as a “transit oriented community…”

Joe

Geez. I thought the "billions and billions" from High-cost rail would cover the short little hop from SJ to SF.....guess I was wrong

California’s two U.S. senators are calling for legislative funding to complete Caltrain’s electrification service project, which recently completed a key construction milestone to ensure an electric train system runs from San Francisco to San Jose.

California Sens. Dianne Feinstein and Alex Padilla Friday sent a letter to the Department of Transportation asking for federal funding to finish the Caltrain Peninsula Corridor Electrification Project. The pair called for dedicated funding from the recently passed $550 billion Bipartisan Infrastructure Law to help Caltrain address a $410 million shortfall due to cost increases.

https://www.smdailyjournal.com/news/local/senators-seek-funding-for-caltrain-electrification/article_50589dfc-80bc-11ec-a852-e757d1332713.html

Joe

The "gantry" approaches. From the city e-newsletter today:

PARALLELING STATION CONSTRUCTION NOTICE

Caltrain is beginning construction of the first main gantry structure at the Paralleling Station facility currently under construction in Burlingame. Gantries are H-frame steel structures that support wires perpendicular to the tracks. These wires connect to the overhead contact system and provide power to the trains. The main gantry will be housed within the footprint of the facility near the transformers. The other gantry will be located on the opposite side of the tracks from the facility. A sample photo of a main gantry is located on the reverse side.
The Paralleling Station is an unmanned facility that will regulate electrical power to the electric trains. In addition to the gantries, the Paralleling Station will consist of:
• One transformer- The transformer will take in and convert power to ensure it is consistently sent out throughout the system.
• Control House - Located within the facility footprint, housing the controls for the system.

CONSTRUCTION ACTIVITIES
In addition to delivery of and installation of gantries via a crane, construction activities during this time will include excavation, laying of a concrete pad, control house construction, transformer delivery. Crews will utilize excavation equipment, and dump trucks for removal and delivery of materials.

A majority of the work will take place during the weekday between 6 a.m. and 3 p.m. There may be night and weekend work required when work is being completed within the railroad track envelope.

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