RT @balajis: It’s possible to quantify 100X differences in physical-world productivity between the US & China, for example.
Forget about whether you like China, this is the kind of gap that hampered US ability to quickly physically innovate in response to corona. https://t.co/PoPjq9ChuE
Hope this works in containing the virus.
Ethics/right/wrong aside, the Chinese don’t do much debates/discussions, they just follow a leader and gets it done. Execution ability is amazing. #buidl. https://t.co/Ji5uhOQyIC
If real, China’s ability to build something like this in days is absolutely phenomenal. There are things they do so much better than anyone else.
There is plenty of room for critique, but we should take a balanced view. I’m rooting for the Chinese people.
I think it has to do with congestion more than anything and skepticism about transit usage. All I hear about is complaining about too much traffic and parking fights in my suburb
I honestly doubt most people connect housing supply with housing prices. Many in fact complain about that too and seem to be unable yo make this connection
> There has been no planning whatsoever about this project.
There's actually been a ton of planning already about this project. It's just that it's a massive project so the amount of planning analysis necessary before they move on the design phase is massive.
> There has been no serious discussion about this project! There has been no planning, etc.
This is incorrect. [BART has an RFP out already for the planning phase.](https://sf.streetsblog.org/2019/02/06/amtrak-to-s-f-via-a-new-transbay-tube/) It's in very early stages but it's not "pulled out of someone's ass" - it's actually in motion.
Personally I'd argue that the new Valley Link and Valley Rail projects should be on here, because they'll make tolerable (if still ridiculous) commutes for people living out in the valley that work here and not SJ. Likewise while the Dumbarton bridge rebuild is not official yet, it's clearly lining up to be #3 right after Caltrain viaducts through San Mateo since Samtrans is eager to do it as part of a real estate deal with Zuck. Same for the Pacheco Tunnels, and the major upgrades to the train tracks thru Gilroy (a Caltrain stop) that will be required aka: a situation where Caltrain serves Gilroy hourly.
(Also the article says Caltrain was founded in 1864, it was founded in 1984. This is notable because SFCTA and Caltrain promised a new downtown train station by 1995. The current attempt at doing it formally began in 2004 although the city still has not selected a design, nor is it known if the new TBT is capable of handling any occupancy let alone basement trains).
I'm guessing this Is a list of "shovel ready" projects. The ones you mentioned are still a bit conceptual.
The San Francisco/san Jose railroad has been around since the 1860s. It's existed in it's current form at the date you mentioned
Berryessa is in North San Jose and is part of phase I. It will open at the same time, likely this year but absolute worst case early next year.
Phase II which includes Alum Rock, 3rd and Santa Clara, and Diridon is going to be several more years (~2026) and is the phase to include a majority of San Jose traffic via Santa Clara and Diridon.
Hell, seeing that Bart's going to San Jose via Berryessa and Alum Rock at all is still a bit mind blowing. If Bart went that far when I was a teen living in that part of San Jose, you bet I'd have used it as often as I could.
Yeah. The downtown stations in Phase II, especially 3rd and Santa Clara, are going to be massively life changing for so many people.
With all the huge residential and office projects going into DTSJ it’s going to be so new and different in a few years.
Definitely. I remember that things were changing downtown between the mid nineties of my childhood and the mid aughts. And that was before the long-dreamed of Bart extension. Be interesting to see what changes (for better or worse) and what stays the same (also for better or worse).
Right? And then I'll make one of my few-times-a-month BART trips and a train labeled with an entirely unfamiliar endpoint will show up and I won't be able to tell where it's going. It's great!
(This is not sarcasm. I am easily amused and like transit to expand.)
> I know that china gets projects like these done much much faster
China doesn't give a hoot about land rights and getting people aboard. They will bulldoze through your home if they have decided to construct a freeway there.
I think there was a lot of infrastructure that had to be fixed, first. That stretch of 101 has always been prone to flooding, triggering freeway closures. There's been a whole lot of work happening up there in the last couple of years, with drainage redone and a new grade on part of it; adding the new lanes will likely be the last step.
I haven't seen anything about Caltrain moving the station but instead adding a station. Hard to really say since there's no actual plan yet.
My bet is that we'll have 20 years of Caltrain terminating at 4th/king connected with the central subway.
My bad. Misunderstood this sentence.
"Less certain is the downtown extension, which will move Caltrain’s end-of-the-line San Francisco station from Fourth and Townsend streets — the last stop since 1915 — into the train box in the basement of the Transbay Transit Center"
From a logistics standpoint, removing the entire station at King puts CalTrain at a disadvantage as the train box definitely doesn't have enough room to park all the southbound trains overnight. Theyd need to keep it around for at least the functionality of a yard.
Or they could rebuild the Mission Yard but that's a pipe dream.
There used to be the embarcadero freeway, it was rather ugly. But It went down with an earthquake. It wasnt up to marin, the city since then has preferred to keep at level streets.
Yeah, I remember reading about it.
It just doesn't seem efficient to force everyone in to Van Ness etc.
A huge elevated freeway would be cool but we all know how it is to actually build things here, especially when so many people hate cars.
That map shows Oakland - South City ferries, so that's something. Plus hopefully Crossbay Transit Partners will succeed in reactivating the Dumbarton corridor. Probably not included here because it's not under construction.