"Michael, SMART surely cannot and should not pay because they have a requirement to us tax payers to expand the passenger service line north. I have also spoken out to the Board that even given the recent State bills, that freight is not within…"
"No one is going to pay for a switch and it may be unlikely that SMART will want to. A new switch and PTC modifications cost $300,000 per SMART, not including the cost of the grading work and track laying. Then we add permits, and possible movement…"
"Should not be fully funded by Mead but funded primarily by CalTrans. The roads are being pulverized by these extra long and heavy trucks. Example is the Richmond San Rafael bridge which is literally crumbling.
Sonoma County is especially…"
"Indeed these maps are incredibly cool. Just discovered them myself thanks to Chad's post. Thanks as well to Mark and Dave for the maps and their organization.
This links to an old map that I really love that shows the old…"
"This is a neat little map. Shows the track plans for the wye for the branch to the North Street yard; or at least the beginning of it. This was probably drawn up after the freeway was built, but before the wye was ripped up. Cool stuff!"
Some of us believe this is "Tommy". With this latest post "Rick Brand: Rick is a short for Richard. Often used affectionately to signify amiability or foster companionship and so on. Others time it is used to belittle people who are too speculative in their musings and too free with faulty and unfounded information, often running wild in a feverish kind of manic state, asking questions about future wood chip gon customers regardless of the fact other explanations exist to completely undermine the foundation of the speculation and ignoring those explanations willfully, for example."
he is violating your policy of only posting rail related content.
He seemed to respond to your warning last year and seems like he needs another one now.
Thank you Mark. I'm glad to be a part of this historic line. I think the membership will find my profile interesting. I'm in the excursion train business and we are launching the service between LA & Vegas later this year. www.vegasxtrain.com I think there are some excellent possibilities on the NWP as well for a wine train. More to come on my profile. Interested to see how the members feel about it. - mb