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    In this specific case, the Geary line dead ends at the ocean, so it's the end of the line, and the entire length of the route is fully developed and doesn't include neighborhoods that need redevelopment, so the long-term benefits of rail (it can be extended, it encourages denser growth and redevelopment) are limited.

    As for relative operating costs, San Francisco muni runs almost all streetcar trains at one or two cars, so there is no operator savings.  The only maintenance difference for buses vs. traincars are the wheels--we'd be talking about electrified buses with regenerative breaking, already used throughout San Francisco.

    Last, trains have a very specific drawback: if there is damage to the tracks or an accident blocking the tracks, the route is completely disabled.  Our electric buses have batteries that allow them to drive short distances around damaged wires, accidents, or construction with only a minimal schedule delay.

    No on Prop 8::Sometimes I get to hitch a ride on the Democratic Bus--they let me stand on the back bumper.

    by steve04 on Tue May 05, 2009 at 02:52:16 PM PDT

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