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Exploring Options: Linking Foster City and Redwood Shores (Part 1)

Suburban communities have been developed to give residents quiet locations to live and thrive, away from the hustle and bustle of city centers. Time and time again, such communities have been built with roads with fine curvatures and "stems and branches" designed to maximize the privacy found in individual neighborhoods.

Exploring Options: Developing a South Palo Alto Circulator

Last night, I reviewed VTA's Next Network plan again and recalled that two lines within the City of Palo Alto, Lines 88 and 89, were to be eliminated due to low ridership. The VTA then came with a solution to develop Line 288, a school day-only service operating mostly within

Marin Transit to Purchase All-Electric Buses: Could More Be on the Way?

In 2017, Marin Transit is committed further to reducing carbon emissions by displacing its oldest buses in its fleet and replacing them with electric buses. As early as November 2016, the transit agency persuaded the Marin County Board of Supervisors to purchase two BYD all-electric, 35-footer buses worth $1.527 million,

Exploring Ideas: Almaden Valley and Transit Options

With every large transportation agency, evolution and change are the major constants. Not only because planners have to consider the population shifts in the areas they serve, but also because communities evolve in terms of housing and job opportunities. The case of Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority's (Santa Clara VTA)

Exploring Options: Developing Better Transit Routes in Concord

County Connection has been one of the most interesting transit agencies I've noticed since I moved to the San Francisco Bay Area over a decade ago. While it provides vital public transportation services in central Contra Costa County, stretching from Martinez to Dublin, Orinda to Concord, I believe it has

Exploring Options: Developing Bus Rapid Transit Along Geneva Avenue

Geneva Avenue is a major arterial road linking neighborhoods as the Excelsior, Crocker-Amazon, and Sunnydale in southeastern San Francisco. However, its role in the eyes of San Francisco Municipal Transportation Authority is as a major transit corridor, which takes advantage of the medium-density commercial and high-density residential structures lining the

Election Special: Choose the Best Bus Debuted in 2016

​Since today is Election Day (and I actually voted last May for the Philippine Elections that brought Rodrigo Duterte to power), I've thought about creating a special post today to see which bus, you think, gave you the best impression as it debuted this year. 

County Connection, Gillig to Debut All-Electric Buses

Last Saturday (5 November 2016), County Connection executives and officials from Federal, state, and local governments have convened outside the Lesher Center for the Arts in Walnut Creek to debut the transit agency's first set of electric buses. Made locally by Gillig in Hayward, the four 29-foot, all-electric trolleybuses are

BART’s Fleet of the Future Train: A Preview

Last Sunday, I brought along a friend of mine visiting from Vermont to MacArthur BART to view the upcoming Fleet of the Future train by BART. Developed and built by Bombardier near Montreal, this new train will feature more passenger-friendly amenities, from 3 doors on each side instead of the