Today’s Headlines

  • Fire at Richmond Chevron Refinery Poisons Air, Strands Commuters (BCN via SF Appeal)
  • Muni Ridership Up as Service Suffers From Aging Vehicles (SF Examiner)
  • SFMTA Parking Strategy Plan Emphasizes Transit-First Goal (SFGate)
  • Central Subway Construction Moving Forward Despite Lawsuit (SF ExaminerSFGateCentral Subway)
  • More From Kim and Deep’s Parklet Wedding at Sunday Streets (HuffPo)
  • SFTRU Survey Asks Members Their Thoughts on Geary BRT Options
  • Chicago to Build 33 Miles of Protected Bike Lanes This Year, Including Bike Traffic Signals (HuffPo)
  • National Park Service Looks to Fort Mason for New Alcatraz Ferry Dock (Curbed SF)
  • SF Weekly Documents a Confused Minivan Meandering Down Market Street
  • In Campbell, One Bicyclist Killed, Another Rendered Brain Dead Within 30 Hours (Mercury)
  • Petaluma Councilmember Criticizes Speed Limit Reduction as “Not Consumer Friendly” (PD)
  • Peer-to-Peer Car Sharing Service Competition Grows (SFGate)

More headlines at Streetsblog Capitol Hill

  • J

    It’s interesting how frequently we personify vehicles and dehumanize people when writing about the automobile. Clearly the minivan wasn’t the thing that was confused, and there was almost certainly an actual driver inside the van, but that is not how the headline or the article are written. Tom Vanderbilt points out this phenomenon in his book, “Traffic”, and it is interesting that this is done, even on a transportation blog. By referring to the actions of cars and not the actions of drivers–removing the human element–it is perhaps easier to accept the death and destruction that are the result of our auto-based society.

  • TN

    Regarding the SFExaminer article on missed runs: I’d be interested to know whether Muni now has a ranking system on which lines have the priority in avoiding missed runs. One hopes it isn’t random.

    One could argue that the most heavily used lines, which tend to have frequent service should have higher priority because a missed run would effect more people. But one could also argue that the less frequently serviced lines shouldn’t be skipped because it would tend to strand passengers leaving them with very long waiting times until the next bus.

  •  Pretty sure that Aaron is making fun of the Weekly for doing the same.

  • J

    Hah! Then my comment refers to the actual article’s headline. The story, though, does refer to the driver mostly.

  • Joel

    Knowing Muni, I’m guessing it’s random in the least efficient way.

  • “Traffic” is a fascinating book. That reminds me I need to get back and finish it…

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