Today’s Headlines

  • City Administrator Ed Lee Likely to Be Interim SF Mayor (SF Gate, SF Examiner, Matier & Ross)
  • High Drama at Eight-Hour Supervisors Meeting (Bay Citizen, Beyond Chron, SFBG)
  • New Muni Kiosks Price Tag Pegged at $829,000 (SF Examiner)
  • SFMTA Board Approves $2.5 Million in Muni Lawsuit Settlements (ABC7)
  • Automatic Counters Keeping Track of Bicyclists on Baker Street, Golden Gate Ave (BIKE NOPA)
  • California Drivers More Likely to Use Seat Belts (LA Times)
  • 17-year-old San Jose Boy Recovering Following Hit-and-Run Crash (Mercury News)
  • Guardian UK Columnist: There is No ‘War Against Drivers’
  • California’s Three Amtrak Lines are Seeing Major Ridership Gains (SF Gate)

More headlines at Streetsblog Capitol Hill

  • Save Muni really nails it with this statement on the kiosks: “Locals are obsessed with this so-called ‘free money’ from the federal government, they don’t care what they spend it on”

    When are more advocates going to start taking a hard look at the huge amount of waste and corruption created by funneling local funds through federal and state programs? The solution is to eliminate the intractable conflict of interest by devolving funding, not wasting more resources trying to create a slightly less broken grantmaking process.

  • It’s on like Donkey Kong

  • Road the San Joaquin Amtrak CA train twice over the holiday — from OAK to Mojave and back — its such a nice train, both trips were right on time, and on the way home we rolled into OKJ 15 mins early. The trains were packed, but still very comfortable. So I’m happy to see the SFgate article talking about big ridership gains, but I’m a little disillusioned (still, I’ve probably expressed this on SB before) about this idea that when the trains go 200mph then we’ll *really* start riding them.

    On the train I read an article in CA Rail News and they were advocating that rather than building the first stub section of hSR track between corcoran and BFD we should use the $ to link the San Joaquin station in BFD to LA (right now to get to LA you have to transfer to an Amtrak thruway bus for the 2 hr ride through the Mts). This connection, combined with the fact that these Amtrak CA trains will be able to do 90mph soon, are a really good start and would help us out for years. Think what the demand for these trains would be, fully connected and faster b/w SF and LA, with airfares between the Bay and LA priced appropriately for this climate damage? Through the roof.

    Justin

  • CACuzcatlan

    I used to ride Amtrak between SLO and LA when I was in college and didn’t have a car. The ride was 4 hours compared to 3 driving, but it was nice to not worry about driving or traffic, plus its a great from around Ventura to southern SLO county.

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