Today’s Headlines

  • Muni Switching to All-Door Bus Boarding July 1st (Streetsblog – More Later)
  • SF Employee Transit Incentives May Spread to Greater Bay Area (SF Examiner)
  • GG Bridge West Sidewalk Closure Prolonged Until Mid-May (GG Transit)
  • Free or Reduced Muni Youth Pass Proposals to be Considered by SFMTA Board (SF Examiner)
  • Palo Alto Concerned it Won’t Be Included in “Blended” HSR Plan (Palo Alto Online)
  • Rain Delays Muni’s N-Judah Rail Replacement Project for a Weekend (SF Examiner)
  • Bay Nature Details the Long History of The Wiggle
  • Bay Bridge Lights Project Receives $3M Matching Grant (Live Soma)
  • Oakland City Council Approves $7.7B Transpo Plan For Measure B (Oakland Local)
  • AC Transit Contracts Hayward Company to Build 40 New Buses (CoCo Times)
  • Hit-and-Run SUV Driver Injures Woman in San Lorenzo Crosswalk (CBS 5)
  • Driver Injures 13-Year-Old Boy on Bike Near Highway On-Ramp in San Ramon (CoCo Times)

More headlines at Streetsblog Capitol Hill

  • Don’t forget, the Golden Gate Bridge’s west sidewalk will NOT reopen mid-March as promised but will be delayed until mid-May: http://goldengate.org/news/bridge/bikedetour_jan2012.php.

  • mikesonn

    I know Aaron is probably swamped with story ideas, but I’d love to have Streetsblog get some answers from the GGB Dist as to why this work wasn’t done during the previous closure.

  • Aaron Bialick

    Thanks for highlighting it again Sean, I added it into the stack above.

  • Richard Mlynarik

    AC Transit had been buying many of its buses from the Van Hool company of Belgium, but the board in 2009 adopted a “buy America” policy aimed at getting buses from domestic manufacturers.

    Thank God US transit is being put back into third world levels where it belongs.  Things nearly had a hint of a threat of getting better for an instant there, but the empire struck back.High cost, wretched quality, dismal reliability, “screw you” design and obsolete for two decades: just what the little people who don’t buy imported cars and fly in Airbuses deserve.

  • I agree with @mikesonn:disqus  — if anyone can get answers, it would be nice. Doesn’t seem like 1 week of rain we’d have should be cause for a 2 month delay. This is all arguably for the 75th anniversary celebration. Is a real shame that celebrating the bridge requires shutting down one of the most beautiful bike paths.

  • Great Rainy Day Bike Rides Around the City

    http://www.7×7.com/fitness-outdoors/great-rainy-day-bike-rides-around-city

    Yesterday I rode through GG Park all the way to Spreckels Lake and then up the hill to the Legion of Honor museum (nice exhibit there right now, especially if you like Whistler.)  GG Park can really be lovely in the rain and mist. I confess it was more of a light sprinkle than a full downpour while I was riding but I did get plenty wet. Need to invest in some additional rain gear! 

  • jwb

    Not a lot of details about the AC Transit contract.  Does anyone know about the vehicles bought?  Are they fuel cell rigs like the ones they have been running on the 18 line?

  • Anonymous

    I couldn’t find anything on the type of busses to be built, but here is a link to the company that AC Transit contracted:

    http://www.gillig.com/New%20GILLIG%20WEB/product.htm

    It looks like they do offer a hybrid model, at least.