Today’s Headlines

  • Ex-SFMTA CEO Nat Ford Gets a Warm Sendoff (SF Gate)
  • Will Ed Reiskin Become the New SFMTA Chief? (SFBG)
  • More on the Civil Grand Jury Report on the Central Subway (SF Examiner)
  • Muni and BART to Extend “P” Pass Pilot Program (ABC 7)
  • Man Killed by BART Police at Civic Center Station Identified (SF Examiner)
  • SMART Nears Hiring of General Manager (Press Democrat)
  • Legal Planet: SB 375 Has Been Ineffective at Reducing Urban Sprawl in California
  • 17-Year-Old Boy Hit by Driver in Novato, Marin IJ Blames the Victim
  • Governor Brown Struggles to Get Rid of State Cars (SacBee)
  • Man Killed by Caltrain in Palo Alto (SF Examiner)
  • Tom Vanderbilt Weighs in on “Carmageddon” Predictions for LA’s 405 Freeway Closure (How We Drive)

More headlines at Streetsblog Capitol Hill

  • mikesonn

    Well, I got my spin:

    “John Funghi, the SFMTA’s program manager for the Central Subway, said the project is under budget, on time and has been recognized by the federal government for its efficiency. He said the line will be the first north-south rail project in San Francisco in 50 years, and will improve connectivity while alleviating congestion on the overcrowded Stockton Street corridor.”

    How will this improve connectivity? From where to where? You can’t just say something that is blatantly a lie and not back it up with anything whatsoever.

    And in what way will this project alleviate congestion on Stockton? By cutting buses? What about the other neighborhoods served by the 30/45/8x (the Wharf, Russian Hill, Marina, Cow Hollow, NORTH BEACH)?

    Also, I like how the SFMTA missed the most important and low hanging fruit of the report. Do something with Stockton St right now and not make us all wait 8 years. There is a reason they won’t touch Stockton in the meantime. The reason being that it will show that the CS is a complete waste of money and we are really spending $1.6B+ to keep private auto access to the Stockton tunnel through the densest neighborhood in the city which also has the lowest percentage car-ownership.

  • Alex

    Quick correction: the incident that the IJ is referring to happened in Mill Valley, not Novato.  The article states that the boy was a resident of Novato, but that the accident happened at/near Tam Junction.

    As for the blame, the CHP indicated that the boy was legally culpable.  The only editorializing seems to be on the part of streetsblog.  The IJ, while a impressively bad even by Hearst standards, has printed coverage about efforts to improve pedestrian access to that stretch of road.  No shoulder, no stop signs, maybe one crosswalk, and a 35mph speed limit.  It needs work, not misinformation.

  • Actually, the article repeatedly mentions that he was not in a marked crosswalk, and infers that this is illegal. It’s like theyve never heard of an unmarked crosswalk, and how legally, it’s the same as a marked one.

  • Alex

    Actually, the article quoted the CHP thusly:

    “Under California law, pedestrians must yield to oncoming traffic when outside of a marked crosswalk or controlled intersection, the CHP said.”

  • Alex

    Actually, the article quoted the CHP thusly:

    “Under California law, pedestrians must yield to oncoming traffic when outside of a marked crosswalk or controlled intersection, the CHP said.”