Today’s Headlines

  • BART Study Recommends Express Service, Split-Destination Trains (MercMuniDiaries)
  • Berkeley City Council Could Waive Fees for Continued Sunday Streets Events (SFGate)
  • Guerrilla “STOP” Mark Painted at 28th and Clement (RichmondSF)
  • SFPark Garage Rates Fall 20 Percent, Lower Than Nearby Street Meters (SF Exam)
  • Muni Drivers Have Few Healthy Food Options on the Job (SF Exam)
  • Muni to Resolve Transfer Overcharges With Tiny Clipper Refunds (City Insider)
  • Man Injured in 9th Street Crosswalk by Hit-Run Driver (SF Appeal)
  • RWC Teen Cyclist Killed by Truck Driver at Site Where Traffic Calming is Proposed (CycleliciousMerc)
  • Vallejo Family Seeks Information After Hit-Run Driver Kills Elderly Woman in Crosswalk (Times Herald)
  • San Mateo Driver Charged With Manslaughter in Hit-Run, Chain Reaction Ped Fatality (CoCo Times)
  • EBBC Lobbies for Tunnel Road Bike Lanes in Berkeley, Scene of April Hit-Run Video
  • Few Shovels at Groundbreaking for I-80 Freeway Tech Upgrades in East Bay (Patch)
  • Greater Marin Warns: Sonoma County Streets Dangerous by Poor Design, Lack of Enforcement
  • Santa Cruz County Plans for 50 Miles of Connected, Paved Coastal Trails (Sentinel)

More headlines at Streetsblog Capitol Hill

  • jwb

    Everything in the BART proposal can be accomplished with current equipment and new software.  The only problem is BART doesn’t know how to commission software.  I suppose you all remember the so-called Advanced Automated Train Control System, that was going to double the Tube capacity by 1997, and was finally abandoned in 2006 after spending $80m for nothing.  The contract was awarded to the usual defense contractor scam artists, not people who actually know how to write software.  So here we are 20 years later looking for better software, again.  What are the chances of success?

  • Much of what’s wrong with government contracting is with the laws that govern the process, not necessarily the agencies that implement it. This, at least, is the problem on the federal level. Does BART have similar legal constraints?

    Also, BART will need more trains to implement the plan, which would be quite a capital expenditure.

  • vcs

    @OctaviusIII:disqus — BART was pretty much designed from the ground-up to be a slushfund for certain politically connected contractors. That is why the equipment is completely custom down to the track gauge.