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Wednesday, August 13, 2008

MODERN WORLD TO SEATTLE, COME IN SEATTLE:

Yours Truly is in San Francisco. Photos, stories to follow.

Here's an observation from the slightly awkward, somewhat aging, but overall effective BART commuter train:

San Francisco Bay Area --
Population: ~7,000,000
Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) -- 104 miles of rail
San Francisco Municipal Rail (MUNI) -- >70 rail-miles

Portland, Oregon --
Metro Area Population: ~2,000,000
Metropolitan Area Express (MAX)light rail -- 44 rail-miles (current.)
18-month expansion: >70 miles
Portland Streetcar: ~10 miles and growing

Puget Sound Area (Seattle-Tacoma-Olympia) --
Population: ~4,000,000
Commuter Lightrail: No Current Service Exists. 18-month expansion: ~16 miles.
Seattle Streetcar, 3.6 miles, Tacoma Streetcar, 1.6 miles.

Selected Sources:
http://www.honoluluadvertiser.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080707/NEWS09/807070354/1001/LOCALNEWSFRONT
http://www.bayareacensus.ca.gov/bayarea.htm
http://sftravelguide.com/around/bart.php
http://www.seattlestreetcar.org/map/default.asp
http://www.lightrailnow.org/news/n_tac001.htm

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