lpetrich wrote:Anaheim - Los Angeles? Complete with electrification? Or just an adding some track and improving the signals?please go back to the project website and look at what's actually be committed.
That seems like a rather tiny project compared to all the new construction that they will have to be doing between Los Angeles and San Francisco.
I recently read several of the documents in the Library section of the project's official site, and it looks like they are committed to San Francisco instead of to Oakland -- it would be too expensive and awkward to go to Oakland.
And elevated trackways through Livermore and Pleasanton and Dublin? And four tracks wide through downtown Livermore? I almost couldn't believe it.
yes, this will be all-electric. yes, the section between LA and Anaheim is small, but it also has tremendous ridership potential because of the huge number of commuters and the ridiculous traffic jams that currently plague that commute.
going to oakland is not too expensive, it just attracts significantly fewer riders. if anything, going into SF is more expensive as it requires the construction of a brand new terminal with underground tracks – no such requirement in oakland.
the route will go through gilroy to reach the coast from the central valley, NOT through livermore. going through livermore presented a number of challenges, including strong opposition from towns along the route (dublin, pleasanton, livermore, and union city) as well as issues of getting across the SF bay.