Today’s Headlines

  • N-Judah Derails on Duboce and Church; No Injuries, Major Delays (BCN via Appeal, SF Gate)
  • Press Democrat: “Distracted Driving Takes a Terrible Toll on Roadways”
  • Ca. High-Speed Rail Gets $900M in Federal Funding for Central Valley, Peninsula (Merc, SF Gate)
  • Examiner Op-Ed: “Bay Area Politicians Ride Wave of Misguided Transit Projects”
  • Desperate Campaign Pitch or Serious Idea? Fang Talks Up BART to the Beach (SF Examiner)
  • Muni Blitz on Clipper Transition; Adult Fast Passes to End Starting Monday (SF Examiner, City Insider)
  • SF Supes Prez David Chiu Holds Hearing on Clipper Card Problems (ABC7)
  • Muni Ad Promotes the F-Line at SFO (Market Street Railway)
  • SF Supes Committee Votes to Begin Phasing Out City’s Fleet of Old Cars (SF Examiner)
  • SF to Remove “Rogue” Sit/Lie No on L Ads from Muni Bus Shelters (City Insider)
  • Cap’n Transit Weighs in on Dukakis Center’s TOD Report (via Streetsblog NY)

More headlines at Streetsblog Capitol Hill

  • The Muni Metro has been failing at an astounding clip as of late. How much as the MTA deferred maintenance? Mind you, this will only get worse as they siphon more and more money towards filling the CS funding gap. Not to mention they are trying to restore service for political points (60+% restored of the 10% cut ring a bell?) and they not doing it along TEP guidelines.

    Someone needs to hold Fords’ and the MTA’s feet to fire on this. Once again, the world’s eyes will be on the city this week, let’s hope (because hope is all that holds spit and duct tape together) the whole damn thing doesn’t fail.

  • After all these years, James Fang finally wants to build BART to the Richmond — but not under Geary? Where else would make any kind of topographic sense? Those “volunteer architects” should just pull out one of the many plans that have already been made for the route over the decades.

  • Eric, totally agree. He is just trying to bait, obviously, the local voters until he’s back in office and back to serving the interests of the far flung suburban areas. If he really wanted BART to the beach, it would have been done by now, pre OAC and pre BART to San Jose.

  • Mick


    The article states why BART under Geary makes no sense – it would be too disruptive to the businesses there.

    But I think you are confusing two different things here. BART runs under deep, underground tunnels and so it really doesn’t have to run under any particular street.

    While the streetcars run under streets because they are typically built using a shallow “cut and cover” technique (with the exception of the old Portal tunnels).

    Having said all that, I don’t think this has a snowball in hell chance of ever being constructed. A streetcar down the middle of Geary would be orders of magnitude cheaper and easier. BART was never designed for intra-city transit and the other Counties who pay for it would surely scream from the highest rooftop if this were ever seriously suggested on their dime.

  • No. Most of the BART underground lines were built with cut and cover techniques. They do have a few bored tunnels where there was no possibility of doing anything else, but the system is not particularly deep, and for the most part runs beneath streets.

    I do agree that people would probably be annoyed at the disruption from having Geary torn up for construction. I think, however, that Market and Mission (and Broadway in Oakland and Shattuck in Berkeley) show that the long-term benefit is worth the short-term disruption.

    A streetcar would certainly be better than nothing, but would still have to contend with cross traffic, which greatly limits its potential speed. BART *was* designed to run down Geary until that line was dropped from the plans in 1962. I agree that far-East Bay people are not likely to want to contribute to the cost, but it would still be a smarter use of money than suburban extensions that city residents similarly have no reason to want to help pay for but which continue to be planned.

  • In case some of you don’t make it over to StreetsblogNYC. Amazing!