Ford, Dell Technologies, AT&T, and Microsoft need to use their massive influence to get the railroads to see the big picture , especially if Amazon decides to locate in the Strip District.
Strengthening Oakland's connection to Silicon Strip/Robotics Row and Downtown will make the city more prosperous and help put more money in everyone's pockets, including the railroads.
"In Pittsburgh, one contributed idea is to build new affordable light rail over the old industrial rail infrastructure. " The problem with that as I have quickly learned - they're still using the old industrial rail infrastructure and sometimes there's a lot of bad blood between the rail companies and the city.
For example: Railroad sues over Buncher plans for the Strip
"Already facing questions from city council, a developer has run into another obstacle in its bid to redevelop 55 acres in the Strip District and demolish part of the historic produce terminal -- the Allegheny Valley Railroad Co. The railroad filed a lawsuit Monday in Allegheny County Common Pleas Court in an effort to block the Buncher Co. from moving ahead with the proposed residential and office development, claiming the plan violates a 1981 deed covenant involving the terminal building."