train loads Northbound and Southbound, peak hours.
there's a maximum of 4 trains leaving Sonoma southbound that will get
passengers to the City before 9am ( via the Larkspur Ferry). 3 of them you
would need to leave between 4.49am and 6am.
passenger capacity is 320 people sitting and standing. (450 people in the
three-carriages set, but they only have 3).
So that is a MAXIMUM Peak round-trips of
4 x 320 = 1,280.
Predicted is 2,580 !
And of course they will come nowhere close to filling 320 seats+standing,
even during peak.
If they can come close to the Average weekday Ridership by mile of 27 for
Capitol Corridor (San Jose / Oakland
then they will have the
equivalent of 526 roundtrips per day (terminal to terminal).
This takes only 48 cars off the freeway
per Peak Hour.
(Wordwide FAREBOX RATIOS)
(US Average Loss per
Feasibility of SMART PASSING PLACES with
Given the best case scenario of an average of 3,000 round trips per weekday
15,000/week x 52 x 13 = 10,140,000 roundtrips over 13 years (2016-2029) --
projected Farebox Revenues of $61 million means the average ticket needs to
be $7.50 which conforms to the latest $9.50 one way from Santa Rosa to San
This gives a FAREBOX RATIO of 13% -- 85% Operating
Expense Subsidy comes from SALES TAX
Average Daily m-f Trips
Average Daily m-f Roundtrips
Vehicle Revenue Hours
Vehicle Revenue Miles
Vehicles Operated in Maximum Service (Peak Vehicles)
taking weekends at half the Ridership of a weekday (
there's something fishy about February)
select either “Monthly Module Adjusted Data Release” or “Monthly Module Raw
Data Release,” which are the first two available files in the list.
Aug 21st 2017
Their TRAIN CONTROL
SYSTEM still doesn't work !
A Federal Regulatory Authority, FRA, spokeswoman said while SMART
is not yet
PTC-certified, it has “revenue service demonstration (RSD)
approval, which means it can test and run trains with PTC and report to FRA
all anomalies, at real time, so that we can determine whether they can
continue with their PTC system in service.
2017 May 24th - Another TIMETABLE with two 60
minute gaps at MORNING peak and still 90 mins in the EVENING (still only 4
trains) :) Replacing the one morning gap (having an extra hour) in the May
17 TIMETABLE with two gaps each having an extra half-hour.
Now we've got 2 empty trains leaving Sonoma at 4.19 and 4.49
2017: Still no reference to the SMART
Spokeswoman who said
more staff and approval from
Federal Railroad Regulators before it can put more
trains into service". Instead SMART appears to be
lying ---- that its solely because of a shortage of Train
Drivers when it has 17 engineer-conductors and needs only 12 Drivers to make the expected DRAFT TIMETABLE
(assuming 8 for the 4 current trains) This apparent lie is being enabled and amplified
by the embarrassed SMART Board itself ! Just ask SMART to make public all
communication with Federal Regulators and see what response you get. ( I
already got no response from a Board Member)
But Tony Withington, a retired international representative for the
Amalgamated Transit Union, asserted that the staffing problems are of
SMART’s own making. He said rather than cross-training bus drivers from
Golden Gate Transit or implementing a new trainee program for engineers,
SMART insisted on hiring only experienced train operators. SMART has
struggled to retain its operators. “He’s having a hell of a time keeping the
employees he has,” Withington said of Mansourian.
Fudge acknowledged that SMART has lost a “few” train engineers because of
the high cost of living in the North Bay. “We’re recruiting again, but
it’s a lot of different complications,” the
board chairwoman said. “This is where we are starting and we intend to beef
up our service as soon as we can. I think that will happen in pretty short
SMART had originally planned to put six trains in service and keep one in
reserve. All 14 of the agency’s engine cars underwent engine replacements
over the past seven months because of a faulty crankshaft design. Fudge said
the engine problems have no bearing on SMART planning to keep more trains in
reserve. “The engine problems have all been solved,” she said.
SMART currently has 17 engineer-conductors who earn between $51,503 and
$83,250 annually. Mansourian is seeking an additional four engineer
positions in next year’s fiscal budget starting July 1, and to increase top
pay scale to $85,051. That salary translates to more than $40 an hour. SMART
says it is also "hampered" by federal railroad
regulations that limit 12 hours
to an engineer's work day ( each driver does only 2 runs
SouthNorthSouthNorth. The average shift is 6 hours).
Mansourian is saying he told SMART directors on May 17th 2017
that he does not have enough engineers to operate trains on 30-minute
but I don't recall him ever saying that (the VIDEO
Let's take a hypothetical that there ARE not enuf drivers. Then its a fair
assumption that there never were and that they never tested the 2016
TIMETABLE. The only Federal approval they have is for 4 trains and they need
to go thru testing for 6 trains and get subsequent Federal approval before
they can implement.
But how do they do this when they're open for business already? Why !
by testing a weekday schedule on Saturdays and Sundays. And drivers do at
least a 6 day week. And how many Saturdays testing does it take to get
Federal approval? Do you think any Board member has a clue to the
answer to that ? Do you think they should? fubar The can't test with
passengers so the public would need to do without train service for the
QUESTION: Why does the train need 33 minutes to turn around at San Rafael
and only 13 at Santa Rosa Airport?
May 17th 2017 - A wait of 1 1/2 hours between
train 4&5, 13&14, 21&22 and 30&31 is NOT in the DRAFT SCHEDULE they
published 2016. ( also 9&10, 26&27 plus
one hour between the last trains 16&17 and 33&34)
All of a sudden there are only 4 train-loads during peak hours ( leave after
5.45am and arrive before 8.45am) the draft schedule had 5 1/2 !
SMART in the past also said it would operate seven two-car units along the
route — the sum total of equipment it has on hand. But a SMART spokeswoman
said SMART needs more staff and approval from Federal Railroad Regulators
before it can put more trains into service.
The 90-minute gaps were not in the draft Schedule of April 2016. That showed
trains arriving and departing at 30-minute intervals across-the-board during
peak commute hours.
Farhad Mansourian, the agency’s general manager, presented the updated
schedule to directors at the start of their bi-monthly meeting in Petaluma
Wed, May 17th 2017. He did not offer a direct explanation for why the time
gaps have been introduced.
Mansourian told directors SMART “can’t run every 30 minutes all day and all
afternoon. We don’t have enough equipment and enough engineers.”
SMART had previously said it would operate six two-car trains and keep one
train in reserve.
Now, according to Mansourian, its four trains, with three trains in reserve
Mansourian did not respond Thursday and Friday, May 18th, 19th, to several
requests for comment.
Misleading everyone, including the SMART Board, with a
fictional DRAFT SCHEDULE !
Mansourian NEEDS TO BE FIRED OVER THIS !
I can't believe how Mansourian made no disclosure of the fact that there are
only 4 trains because Federal Regulators won't allow more.
He starts by exclaiming " an ABSOLUTELY BRILLIANT Schedule" ! I've never
heard as big of a SNOW JOB full of BS. And the SMART Board think its a
matter of shifting the schedule right and take 55 minutes waffling over it,
totally oblivious to the fact that there are only 4 trains !
At least 3 of the Board praised the
Schedule - they need to be fired too !