Today’s Headlines

  • Driver Inflicts “Major Injuries” to Pedestrian at I-80 Onramp Near Seventh and Harrison (CBS)
  • Bicycle Rider on Market Street Gets Wheels Stuck in Tracks, Hits Streetcar (SF Appeal)
  • Two Largest BART Unions Approve Labor Contract (SFGateAP via SF Examiner)
  • Car Passenger on Bay Bridge Jumps Out, Gets Run Over by Van Driver (SF Examiner)
  • Bay Bridge Bike/Ped Path to Have Limited Hours (KQED); Old Span Demolition to Start (Exam)
  • SF Weekly Bike Columnist Compares SF’s 1896 Bike Network to Today’s
  • Rec and Parks Dept. Fires Worker Who Ran Over, Killed Woman on Grass (SFGate)
  • Palo Alto, Mountain View Considering New Caltrain Grade Separations (Green Caltrain)
  • Caltrans Worker Picking Up Cones Killed by Suspected DUI Driver on 680 in Milpitas (NBC)
  • Man Killed While Trying to Run Across 580 in Richmond (SFGate)
  • San Diego Driver to Fight Ticket for Wearing Google Glass (AP via SM Daily Journal)

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  • Sean Rea

    What is the logic (assuming there is) behind closing the bike path but not closing the automobile path during the same hours?

  • Luke

    I think it’s just a formalization of the existing hours (dawn to dusk) rather than a new restriction, and judging from a conversation I had with CHP while I was being shooed off the bridge, it’s likely to be just while they finish demolition of the old bridge and construction of the Treasure Island landing.

    That said, it’s still very annoying. I would be furious if this were in fact permanent.

  • Anonymous

    Dumbarton bike path doesn’t close at night.

  • Anonymous

    I expect that once that path goes all the way to Treasure Island, it will be open 24/7.

  • Bruce Halperin

    Nor does the GGB.

  • Andy Chow

    Right now the bike/ped path is basically acting as a long pier. Some piers only open during day light hours.

  • mikesonn

    Grade separation but 4-tracks aren’t possible, thanks Jerry Hill!

  • Anonymous

    The blended system is enough to provide the same frequency of service as Paris-London and NY-DC. Four tracks aren’t needed anytime soon.

    Going beyond that capacity would require concensus among the 9 parties that signed the blended system memorandum of understanding: Caltrain, HSR, MTC, VTA, SFCTA, City of San Francisco, City of San Jose, and the Transbay authority.

    HSR isn’t planned to get to SF til the late 2020s if everything goes perfectly. When and if more capacity is needed than the blended system can deliver, many of the people who objected to the initial 4 track plan will be long gone. The politics will likely be different by then.

  • Andy Chow

    If grade separation is done then adding 2 additional tracks could be a less thorny issue (since there will likely be 2 temporary tracks next to 2 new tracks for the duration of construction).

    Besides grade crossings, the reasons why 4 tracks are not being built are because the extra tracks aren’t justified and that there’s no money for it. San Bruno grade separation is being done with the ability to put 2 more tracks, but only 2 tracks are built now just because there’s no need and no money.

    With so much capital needs for Caltrain on the horizon (and so slow to implement them), the talk about complete 4 tracking is a distraction.

  • David Colburn
  • Anonymous

    the reasons why 4 tracks are not being built are because the extra tracks aren’t justified and that there’s no money for it.

    Tell that to all the Caltrain riders stuck behind a broken down locomotive and waiting for single track permission.

  • Sprague

    Hopefully, but it’s worth noting that the pedestrian and bicycle tunnel between Larkspur Landing and San Rafael closes every night around 11 pm until 6 am or so. The adjacent freeway, of course, remains open. Bicycling (and walking) is given the back seat.

  • Anonymous

    This is correct. The reason why the path is currently closed after dark is to allow construction crews to work on completing it (both the ramp up to the bridge as well as the touchdown onto Yerba Buena Island) without endangering any path users. Caltrans has stated that once the path is completed in 2015 it will be open round the clock.

  • Anonymous

    That, or they’re weighing public safety concerns over the needs of the handful of potential overnight tunnel users. Unfortunately, there’d be a media frenzy if someone got beaten up and mugged (or worse) biking thru the tunnel at 3am. We have to acknowledge that bikes and cars are different in some ways. A car is a deadly weapon; a person with a bat can knock me off my bike.

  • Andy Chow

    For a good rail system, there shouldn’t be a broken down locomotive that you need extra tracks to get around them. Most rail systems have two tracks (including BART) and they work fine because their equipment is reliable. If Caltrain beefs up its maintenance and were electrified, that wouldn’t be an issue.

  • Andy Chow

    They close around that time mostly is to deter homeless people from sleeping inside the tunnel.

  • Anonymous

    WTF? I’m so sick of cops wasting their time on stings against bicyclists rolling stop signs when this crap keeps happening. This was at Market and Octavia, one of the most dangerous intersections of the city, and this is where the cops should be doing their stings. And another pedestrian hit in Soma … again, where are the cops? They should be swarming these neighborhoods busting all the motorists speeding, running red lights, talking on their cell phones, etc since this is where the real carnage is happening. What is it going to take to get this city to wake up to what is really killing and maiming us?

  • Anonymous

    The Caltrain ‘plan’ for adding two future tracks at San Bruno requires demolishing the two newly built platforms, adding the new tracks in their place, then rebuilding the platforms outside of the new tracks. It’s insane and completely wasteful. Even more insane is that they locked in the 75mph curve at San Bruno, which is the slowest curve on the entire corridor.

  • Anonymous

    I don’t know why someone being mugged in the tunnel is worse than someone being mugged outside the tunnel. In any case, it seems like a poor justification. They could do what’s done on the GGB, with video monitoring and automatic gates–which would take care of both the safety and homeless sleeping arguments.

  • Anonymous

    BART finally ended their strike and the train caught on fire in Orinda. Which was nothing compared the railyard in Hayward catching fire which shut down the entire Fremont line for a couple of months.

    The bigger “reliability” complaint with BART is that the lines need so much maintainance that they can’t run late night service, which would be a monster hit.

  • Mario Tanev

    Are you serious?

    A good rail system minimizes failures, but also ensures that a single failure doesn’t impact the entire system. Equipment failures do happen in good systems, but they don’t cause a ripple effect.

  • Greg

    Are you saying the cops should be ticketing the bikers who run the stop lights on Market?

  • Andy Chow

    Not true. The new tracks would be built on the east of the tracks already in place, which was where the temporary tracks were. They would only have to rebuild or move the northbound platform.

    Even if everything is green light for HSR, there would be no need of the extra tracks in San Bruno for at least 10 years.

    Caltrain had the option to build the other tracks or widen the platform if the money is available. If you guys are so eager to have a 4 track system, show Caltrain the money. Things could’ve been (and can still) far worse with no HSR, no blended scenario, and no money for electrification or Transbay, given the teabaggers in Washington and poor polling for HSR in California.

  • Andy Chow

    A good system minimizes failures by keeping reliable equipment, and not building a lot of expensive things that don’t get daily use of.

    Passing tracks are expensive if the intended purpose is for train failures. Instead of that, why not more crossovers. Caltrain has two passing tracks between Redwood City and Atherton that aren’t used daily, yet won’t help if a train breaks down in San Mateo, but I think it would be operationally advantageous and less costly to have more crossovers so at the event of single tracking wherever it occurs the delays will be reduced.

  • I support ticketing motorized and unmotorized vehicles which are creating hazardous situations.
    (PS: Though there has been a cyclist-caused fatality on Market & Castro, it wasn’t caused by running a stop light.)

  • jimmy

    They do…

  • Anonymous

    That would cost money. Maybe they should make the bike freeway a toll road to have money for such niceties.

  • Anonymous

    *insert sad trombone sound*

  • Anonymous

    The cyclist-caused fatality was caused by running a red light.

  • 94103er

    I’ll look forward to bike tours of Goat Island in 2015!

  • [citation needed]

    His own (ill-advised) posting about it immediately after the event said otherwise: http://sfist.com/2012/04/05/cyclist_who_struck_pedestrian_at_ca.php

    And further from http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/04/25/chris-bucchere-cyclist-charged-felony_n_1452946.html
    “While prosecutors believe Bucchere entered the intersection on a yellow
    light, witnesses reported seeing him run several stop signs and red
    lights immediately beforehand.”

  • @Roy – The witness statements are a little garbled, since the red lights are over the hill from this intersection. At any rate, a yellow light was caught on video, end of story.

    But here we are, trolled by @Greg and @p_chazz with yet another round of lies about that incident, in response to yet another motorist-caused fatality.

  • Anonymous

    There is already video monitoring in that tunnel

  • Anonymous

    Are you saying that ticketing on the wiggle (no fatalities) is more important than market/octavia (many fatalities)?

  • Anonymous

    I was referring to the pedeztrian who died at the Embarcadero who was killed by a red light runner, but that part somehow got omitte. Sorry for the confusion.

  • Anonymous

    The wheelchair was crossing against the light.

  • Anonymous

    I reviewed the documents and you’re actually correct – only one of the two platforms would be demolished and rebuilt.

    It’s still insane, though. There is plenty of room for four tracks at this location, they would be useful for Caltrain as soon as they were built (overtakes/operational flexibility), and HSR would probably have funded it as a connectivity/’bookends’ project. So why didn’t Caltrain investigate that option?

    I’m more concerned about them locking in the 75mph curve. That doesn’t affect Caltrain right now but it will affect both Caltrain and HSR once HSR deploy the safety upgrades required for 110mph operation.

  • gneiss

    Good grief that incident took place three years ago! Since then, we have had several dozen fatalities from cars drivers killing pedestrians and cyclists and hundred of injuries, but *no* visible, high profile, crackdown from the police on bad motorist behavior. We are always told there’s no money in the budget for that. But somehow, Park Station managed to come up with the funds for a 2 week, 2 officer cyclist ‘sting’ where they staked out Waller St. (a flat, one block, slow speed street in the lower Haight) for 2-4 hours each day to give out tickets to cyclists who rolled through stop signs. I mean, there isn’t a single recorded fatality along that street or in the wiggle, just “complaints” from neighbors. WTF?

  • gneiss

    Yeah – so a person in a wheelchair making a mistake in this “pedestrian friendly” city gets the death penalty. Good to know.

  • Anonymous

    Well, we both know that the unreliable equipment for Caltrain is the cars. As in the private motor vehicles driving onto the tracks with reckless abandon. Yes, it happened AGAIN tonight.

    Grade separation can’t happen soon enough, but as annoying as it is that the tracks weren’t built grade separated to start with, it’s annoying that people make left and right turns onto railroad tracks. Isn’t that on the DMV exam – “Do you turn onto active railways – Yes/No”

  • Anonymous

    roymeo says ” Though there has been a cyclist-caused fatality on Market & Castro, it wasn’t caused by running a stop light.”

    To which pchazz responds “The cyclist-caused fatality was caused by running a red light.”

    and when called on it says “I was referring to the pedeztrian who died at the Embarcadero who was killed by a red light runner”

    Come on chazz, don’t bullshit a bullshitter.

  • Greg

    Cyclists’ continued defense of Bucchere speaks volumes. That dude is a class A jerk. But, since he rides a bike, you defend him. Strange.

  • mikesonn

    You don’t understand, not that I’m surprised. That is not the case, not even close. Knock if off, Greg.

  • Sean Rea

    SFPD needs to stop picking random intersections where few (if any) collisions happen. Stick to the dangerous ones, and cite all the infractions as they happen, without bias.

    I am fine with a few cyclists getting cited if it means we see SFPD crack down on speeding drivers / drivers texting / drivers failing to yield / etc.

  • Sean Rea

    But is he? Do we really know what happened, other than the fact that Gascon and the SFDA went above and beyond in their efforts to paint him as guilty before he had a trial? No wonder he made a plea deal — you’d have had a very hard time finding an impartial jury.

    And if he actually is guilty, then he deserves the punishment. But I have serious qualms with the handling of the case. Whenever a car hits a cyclist/pedestrian it’s an “accident” and you rarely hear about it again.

  • Greg

    So a few bikers can get tickets if, in exchange, the cops crack down and ticket cars for speeding, texting, failing to yield, etc. This is like a negotiation? You allow a few bikers to get cited for, what, 500 cars? How about the cops ticket everyone for breaking every law they break – peds, cars, bikers, etc.? I’ll take that over the status quo.

  • @Greg – More lies. Nobody is defending Bucchere, certainly not me. I’m defending the truth, which should be obvious to anyone with at least a room-temperature IQ.

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