Today’s Headlines

  • Governor’s Gas Tax Scheme a "Bait and Switch" Move to Avoid Funding Transit (Sac Bee)
  • Merc: "What Will It Take to Fix Bay Area Transit Crisis?" 
  • Mayor’s State of City Makes No Mention of Improving Muni’s On-Time Performance (SF Gate)
  • Tentative Nod for Congestion-Based Toll Increases on Bay Area Bridges (SF Gate, Coco Times)
  • "Where the Riders Are" on BART (The Pedestrianist)
  • SMART Holds Public Hearing on Interior Design for Trains (Marin IJ)
  • California Adopts "Greenest Building Codes in U.S." (SF Gate
  • Free Parking for Oakland City Workers Costs $400,000 a Year (In Oakland Blog
  • BOS Prez David Chiu Doesn’t Want New Buildings to Shadow City Parks (SF Gate)
  • More Coverage from the NYT on Obama Admin’s Sustainable Transpo Initiative

More headlines at Streetsblog Capitol Hill.

  • Fran Taylor

    Thanks to the Bee and the Merc for good reporting on the transit crisis, following yesterday’s excellent piece in the Trib about the screwing of transit-dependent riders. Noticeably absent from such reporting is the San Francisco Chronicle, which is too busy cooing about how relaxed the Mayor is, failing to point out that he neglected to mention Muni in his State of the City speech.

  • Gav only talks about things that make him look good. MUNI is definitely not one of them. How’s the homeless problem going Newsom?

    Also, Oakland really needs to pick a way to go on the parking situation in their city. Are they going to step up and embrace the fact that they are a large city or are they going to keep the suburban dream alive at the cost of nearly every other public service?

  • Anyone care to explain how the “high class fare evasion” works, as referenced in the Pedestrianist article?

  • @Stuart

    One scenario I can imagine (and that I would never dream of doing or having done, even as a teenager) is to use a BART ticket to enter at Millbrae, and a Fast Pass to leave at Embarcadero. Then when your work day is done, use the Fast Pass again at Embarcadero and exit Millbrae using your BART card.

    When the one-way fare is $7+ I can imagine a lot of people find the $70.00 Fast Pass and the excursion fare to be cheaper than paying their fair fare.

  • Are the fast passes not uniquely coded so that the system knows that you didn’t enter with it?

  • My understanding is that they’re not but, again, I haven’t tested this.

    IIRC there are other ways to sneak out of the downtown stations. The platform elevators at those stations take you from BART to Muni without needing to go through a fare gate. And exits from Muni stations are not controlled.

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