Today’s Headlines

  • Debra Johnson Named Acting SFMTA Chief (City Insider, SF Examiner, BCN via Appeal)
  • SFMTA Board Approves $233M Contract for Central Subway Digging (SF Examiner, Bay Citizen)
  • San Jose Airport Adds Two New Parking Lots Totaling 1,513 Parking Spaces (Roadshow)
  • BART Settles Lawsuit with Oscar Grant’s Mom for $1.3 Million (SF Gate)
  • Jon Carroll: Let’s Annoy Today’s Drivers Instead of Their Grandchildren (SF Gate)
  • Distracted Petaluma Driver Crashes Into Power Pole (Press Democrat)
  • Shoup: Housing/TOD/Parking Bill Will Increase Affordable Housing (Design Advocate)
  • Is High-Speed Rail a Culture War? (CAHSR Blog via Streetsblog LA)
  • Times Story on European Anti-Car Policies Bolstered With Strong Follow-Ups (Times 1, 2)
  • Redwood City Councilmember Jeff Gee Appointed to SamTrans Board (Redwood City Patch)

More headlines at Streetsblog Capitol Hill

  • mikesonn

    “Chinatown power broker Rose Pak, one of the project’s biggest supporters, has repeatedly said that the subway has been a long time coming for Chinatown residents, who crowd on the slow-moving 30-Stockton bus line to get downtown.”

    Rose, if you gave a shit, you’d so something about Stockton. But you don’t. but you do care about  funneling public funds into contractors pockets so that you and Willie can get some kick-backs.

  • mikesonn

    “Although Schall offered that San Francisco could keep the new boring machines after the project was finished — for a price — Rohan laughed and said that the city wouldn’t be taking that option.”
    Does that mean we’ll get to buy NEW ones when we want to continue the project to the Wharf? You know they are hinting at [a tunnel to the Wharf] so when the CS fails (and it will), they can just say “Wait until we go to the Wharf! Then we’ll get the ridership!”.

  • Had to laugh at Robert Cruikshank’s “culture war” interpretation of the debate on high-speed rail. He accuses HSR critics of not engaging on the facts, but his long blog post doesn’t contain a single fact! “People wage culture wars precisely because they already lost the factual discussion.”

  • Good to see Muni supporter Mike Sonn is critical of the Central Subway boondoggle. Is it any wonder that Muni is chronically underfunded when the city is wasting millions on this political deal disguised as a transportation project? I haven’t seen a single SF politician or even a candidate criticize this dumb project, which, with the inevitable cost-overruns, is going to be a permanent white elephant drain on city taxes for years.

  • Richard Smalls

    I got it…Debra Johnson will built Central Subway…She has the experience…hooorraaay!

  • mikesonn

    It is much smarter to spend $1.6B (and growing) to build the Central Subway then to address the street level issues. Yes, the roadway is narrow and the density is extreme, but then why are there 3 lanes for car traffic? Stockton could easily be a transit only street with deliveries allowed a certain times. But heaven forbid we deny private autos access to the Stockton tunnel.