Congratulations to TJPA on Opening the Salesforce Transit Center


August 2018

CHS Consulting Group congratulates the Transbay Joint Powers Authority (TJPA) on completing San Francisco’s Salesforce Transit Center, the largest regional transit hub west of the Mississippi River. The Transit Center was conceived as the “Grand Central Station of the West,” where a multitude of local, regional, intercity bus and rail lines, and California High Speed Rail will converge.

The Salesforce Transit Center officially opened to the public with a neighborhood block party on August 11, 2018; the following day, 27 AC Transit Transbay bus lines, along with regional service from Amtrak, Greyhound, Westcat Lynx, and Muni Treasure Island Service, began serving the new third level bus deck. San Francisco Muni local buses have been operating from the street-level Bus Plaza since June.

CHS is proud to have worked with TJPA and the design team to help bring this ambitious project to fruition. CHS designed traffic signals at seven locations: five on surface streets adjacent to the Transit Center, and two on the elevated bus deck leading to and from the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge. The signal designs feature Transit Signal Priority (TSP) for at-grade intersections, timing and coordination plans for the elevated bus deck, signal synchronization between the bus deck signals and the surface intersection adjacent to the terminal, and Changeable Message Signs (CMS) on the bus deck.

Planning and design are underway for a 1.3-mile extension that will bring Caltrain commuter rail to the Transit Center. CHS is proud to be an active participant on this project as well, responsible for transit and traffic engineering tasks.

CHS Consulting Group Welcomes Tony Mendoza to Lead Southern California Practice

May 2018

CHS Consulting Group is pleased to welcome Tony Mendoza, Southern California Area Manager, to lead our Los Angeles office.

Tony brings a wealth of experience in transit planning, and in building partnerships and consensus for complex and contentious projects. Tony is an award-winning transportation planner with an emphasis on high-capacity transit projects, transit system planning and operations, and transit-oriented development. He recently led successful planning and community-focused consensus engagement for the Livable West Long Beach and Green Terminal Island Plans. In 2016, the American Planning Association – Los Angeles awarded Livable West Long Beach its Neighborhood Planning Award of Merit, and Green Terminal Island its Urban Design Award of Excellence.

Prior to joining CHS, Tony served as the Deputy Director of Planning and Integration for the California High-Speed Rail Authority, where he led the station area planning TOD program, and developed programs and partnerships with federal, state, and regional agencies and cities between San Francisco and Anaheim to implement TODs at high speed rail stations. The California High-Speed Rail Authority cited Tony for Excellence in Community Involvement. He was Planning Manager with Oregon Metro for five years and Manager of Service Development for Portland’s Tri-County Metropolitan Transportation District (Tri-Met) for 13 years. In these positions, he led the transit and land use integration for the Regional Transit Plan, and the 30-year update of the regional High Capacity Transit network in Portland. The Transportation Research Board recognized his work for Oregon Metro’s High Capacity Transit System Plan with a Public Information Innovation Award, and the Oregon Transit Alliance named the High-Capacity Transit Plan its Innovative Transit Project of the Year. A native and resident of Long Beach, California, Tony has a BA in Public Administration with an emphasis in City Planning from San Diego State University. He is board chair for Walk Long Beach, past founding board member of Carshare Portland, and an expert advisor to City Fabrick in Long Beach.

Asian American Architects and Engineers Celebrates 40 Years at Gala

October 2017

CHS would like to congratulate the Asian American Architects and Engineers (AAAE) for its successful 40th-year gala celebration on October 19th, 2017. The gala dinner featured a panel discussion on “Moving Forward – Bay Area Economy and Infrastructure” by Mayors Edwin Lee (San Francisco) and Sam Liccardo (San Jose), and Vice Mayor Annie Campbell Washington (Oakland). Gabriel Metcalf, Executive Director of SPUR, moderated the discussion. CHS President Chi-Hsin Shao, also the President of AAAE, led the effort.

New Novato Transit Center Opens in Marin County

New Novato Transit Center Opens in Marin County

September 2017

CHS congratulates Marin Transit and Golden Gate Transit on the opening of the Novato Transit Center. The $4.7 million center, which had a ribbon cutting on September 6, features a 280-foot center platform with a Brazilian Walnut wood overhang. The design features a center platform in the median of Redwood Boulevard, which allows buses from opposite directions to crisscross one another to approach and depart. CHS designed a safe pedestrian crossing and signal priority system that allows buses to enter the traffic stream safely.

William Lieberman Publishes New Book on Railroad History: The Train on the Beach

The Train On The Beach

September 2017

CHS Consulting Group congratulates Bill Lieberman, our Principal Transportation Planner, on the publication of his new book, The Train on the Beach: Forgotten Railroads that Transformed Winthrop, Orient Heights, and Revere Beach, Massachusetts. It tells the story of railroads in the 1870s and ‘80s serving communities northeast of his native Boston, Massachusetts. The book details the construction and operation of both narrow and standard gauge lines, and it explains how those railroads stimulated the development of this once rural area. The subject came naturally to Bill. As a teenager, he embraced railways and transit as an avocation long before they were part of his vocation. He spent the better part of the past four years compiling previous research efforts, conducting new research, and writing a text that would be of interest both to rail buffs and those interested in urban history. The Train on the Beach retails for $19.95. It can be ordered directly from the publisher, BookLocker, as well as from Amazon and Barnes & Noble. You can learn more about this publication and read some excerpts from the book here.