21st Century Transportation for America



USHSR is proud to offer a selection of transportation tours as part of our West Coast Rail Conference in cooperation with the Transbay Joint Powers Authority, and BART. Tours take place Wednesday June 4 from 9am - 1pm. Details and registration info is below.

All tours are included in your conference registration fee (no extra charge), but require pre-registration. You must wear your name badge to participate in the tour.

Tours are part of the USHSR West Coast Rail Conference, and are only open to confirmed conference attendees. Tours are available on a first-come basis, and space is limited.

All tours will begin at the conference facility located at 1 Market Street, in the lobby on the first floor, by the front door.

Tours take place Wednesday June 4, 9am-1pm, and are free to conference attendees

TOUR 1 - Transbay Terminal Construction Site

Transbay Transit Center Project is a visionary transportation and housing project that transforms downtown San Francisco and the San Francisco Bay Area’s regional transportation system by creating a “Grand Central Station of the West” in the heart of a new transit-friendly neighborhood. The $4 billion project will replace the current Transbay Terminal at First and Mission streets in San Francisco with a modern regional transit hub connecting eight Bay Area counties and the State of California through 11 transit systems: AC Transit, BART, Caltrain, Golden Gate Transit, Greyhound, Muni, SamTrans, WestCAT Lynx, Amtrak, Paratransit and future High Speed Rail from San Francisco to Los Angeles/Anaheim.

The project consists of three interconnected elements:
1. Replacing the former Transbay Terminal at First and Mission streets
2. Extending Caltrain and California High Speed Rail underground from Caltrain's current terminus at 4th and King streets into the new downtown Transit Center
3. Creating a new neighborhood with homes, offices, parks and shops surrounding the new Transit Center.

Day:  Wednesday June 4
Time:  9am-1:00pm

Start Location:  1st floor lobby of conference center
Maximum number people:

TOUR 2 - BART Command and Control Center

BART's original control center was the largest monitor display board of its kind when the system first opened in 1972.  The current Operations Control Center (OCC) functions as the nerve center of BART's 104-mile system, performing supervisory control of train operations and remote control of electrification, ventilation and emergency response systems. The display boards use computer imaging and video projection to display the entire system, combining information into two: one for track and train positions and the other for maintenance information and electrification. Stations and wayside - Network of control devices and track circuits controlling train speeds, stops and safe spacing. Backup train protection system - Sequential Occupancy Release System (SORS): 52 mini-computers in 26 stations.     
BART operates 669 revenue vehicles comprised of 59 A2 cars, 389 B2 cars, 150 C1 cars and 80 C2 cars in the fleet.  Third rail propulsion power is 1000-volt DC electricity.  One 150 hp motor per axle, four motors per car.  Aluminum body, carpeting, air conditioning, tinted windows.  Car - 70' long without cab (B-Car), 75' long with cab (A-Car) 10'6" high, 10'6" wide, headroom 6'9".

BART operates 44 stations comprising 16 surface, 13 elevated and 15 subway stations. Four of these are a combination of BART and MUNI Metro stations in downtown San Francisco and one station is a combination of BART and Caltrain in Millbrae.

Day:  Wednesday June 4
Time:  9am-1:00pm

Start Location:  1st floor lobby of conference center
Maximum number people:

Don't miss this exciting high speed rail event!  West Coast Rail Conference  - June 2-4 in San Francisco. 

Business and political leaders will come together with the world's top experts to bring high speed rail to America.

Construction is underway on the first phase of the state-wide, 800-mile state-of-the-art transportation system set to revolutionize mobility in America. 

This new rail system will carry more than 100 million people each year once built out - saving time, money, energy, and lives daily for decades.  Don't miss it!

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