This Week: Workplace of the Future, Vigil Ride, BART Extension Meeting

sblog_calendar1Here are this week’s highlights from the Streetsblog calendar:

  • Monday today! Designing for the Unknown. When we think about the workplace of the future, are we thinking about the right things? What if we expanded our imaginings to include things like artificial intelligence, autonomous vehicles, 3D printing or even the influence of Star Wars? Join SPUR Monday, today, June 27 at 12:30, 654 Mission Street S.F. for an unusual talk about designing for the unknowns of the future. Free for SPUR members, $10 for non members.
  • Monday tonight! SF Bicycle Advisory Committee meeting. The committee meets monthly to consider bicycle transportation projects and policies to make recommendations to the Board of Supervisors, the SFMTA, and other City and County agencies. This month’s Bicycle Advisory Committee meeting will include updates regarding SFMTA’s Bicycle Strategy, proposed safety improvements to The Hairball and Bay Area Bike Share’s expansion. Monday, tonight, June 27, 6:30-7:30 p.m., City Hall, Room 408, 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place, S.F.
  • Tuesday BART to Livermore Draft Plan Open House. The San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) District is currently studying extending BART service to a new station within the I-580 median at Isabel Avenue in Livermore. BART is also evaluating three alternatives to a full BART extension. The City of Livermore is seeking community input on the Isabel Neighborhood Plan. Get involved today to make sure your voice is heard. Tuesday, June 28, 4-7 P.M., the Robert Livermore Community Center.
  • Tuesday Community vigil ride. San Francisco Bike Party (SFBP) is organizing a vigil ride to remember the two women killed by hit-and-run drivers last Wednesday evening. From SFBP’s Facebook page: “Two cyclists lost their lives in SF within a few hours of each other due to serious car collisions this past Wednesday. We will hold a community ride to pay our respects to our fallen community members. The ride starts at the statue at Baker and Fell, and will then proceed to Golden Gate Park around 30th, before heading to SoMa and 7th and Howard. Riders are asked not to bring music bikes, but candles and art are encouraged.” Tuesday, June 28, 7-8:30 p.m., Panhandle, Corner of Baker and Fell, S.F.
  • Thursday Vision Zero Committee Meeting. The Board of Supervisors, in their role as Transportation Commissioners to oversee the SF County Transportation Authority, meets regularly to receive updates on the City’s progress towards achieving Vision Zero, the goal of zero fatalities and serious injuries on our city’s streets by 2024. This is an opportunity to make public comment and urge the City to do more to meet Vision Zero. Thursday, June 30, 2-3:30 p.m., City Hall, Room 263, 1 Dr Carlton B Goodlett Pl., S.F.
  • Thursday SPUR San Jose Member Party. Hosted at downtown’s San Pedro Square Market, the party will have live music, entertainment, and cocktails and small plates from local vendors. Thursday, July 30, 5-9 p.m. San Pedro Square Market, 87 N San Pedro Street, San Jose. Members only. Purchase tickets online.
  • Friday Bicycle Coffee uptown Oakland cafe grand opening. Celebrate the new Uptown Oakland location with music, free pour-over coffee, and $1 draft beers. Friday, July 1, starting at 9 am. 1745 San Pablo Ave, Oakland.

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  • Rogue Cyclist

    Not extending BART to downtown Livermore is such a wasted opportunity. It doesn’t look like that will change at this stage of planning.

  • keenplanner

    Extending BART to Livermore is a huge waste of transportation funding. BART is so expensive to build, and their rolling stock is all custom made, making construction prices crazy high, always more than twice the price of standard high-speed rail.
    Are there enough people to justify extending this BART line? Where does BART plan on putting them?

  • p_chazz

    Livermore has been paying into the BART District for almost 50 years and has gotten little to no service. People from eastern Alameda and Contra Costa counties deserve to receive an adequate level of service, or they should be removed from the BART District.

  • Joe Brant

    By that logic, BART should be extended to every rural corner of Alameda and Contra Costa Counties. After all, those people pay taxes; they must be served, no matter how cost-ineffectively.

  • p_chazz

    I said that eastern Alameda and Contra Counties should get an adequate level of service, not that every rural corner of Alameda and Contra Costa be served–that’s a straw man argument. Of course, we could just remove them from the BART District. No need for them to pay for service they are not getting. Also, there are fewer and fewer rural corners in eastern Alameda and Contra Costa counties as this area develops.

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  • Elias Zamaria

    There is one event today that is not mentioned in this post: a workshop about extending bike share to Haight-Ashbury. More info at

  • Jame

    100% agreed! So stupid that they are going to drop it off at the freeway! And of course no connection to the ACE train. So another missed opportunity.

  • murphstahoe

    they got an extra huge parking garage in Dublin.

  • Another missed opportunity indeed. How many incomplete transfers are there now?

  • SF has been paying since Day 1. I don’t see any BART line under Geary or 19th Ave adding relief to one of the most congested transit corridors on the west coast. But, a suburban station in the middle of a freeway that will only encourage driving makes more sense, I guess.

  • RichLL

    Dublin is the second-fastest growing city in California, behind only Santa Clarita. As such, BART there surely makes sense.

    Since probably over 90% of local travel there is done by private vehicle, realistically station parking is crucial if we want to wean people off driving all the way to the Bay.

    Moreover Dublin is the south-eastern terminus of BART, so people from East of there will drive to Dublin to take BART, having no other reasonable choice

  • RichLL

    Do you have daily ridership figures for ACE versus I-580 and BART?

    A connection for HSR, on the other hand, could have viable numbers.

  • RichLL

    Encouraging driving only to BART rather than driving all the way to Oakland, SF or San Jose seems like a reasonable aim.

  • Jame

    ACE is pretty popular, and more importantly and easy connection to BART from ACE would make it easy for central valley people to get to offices on the BART line in Dublin, Pleasanton, Oakland, SF….and save some car trips. If you are going to any points not in South Bay, ACE is useless for you. If you could transfer to BART, you could likely save a car trip. It is stupid not to connect logical destinations, when you are spending all that money on infrastructure to only stop a mile or 2 short. See Central Subway project.

  • RichLL

    But ACE is just 4 trains a day in each direction, running only in the weekday rush hours. It’s more a glorified commuter shuttle on rails than a transit system.

  • murphstahoe

    That’s what I just said

  • Jame

    The ACE station could expand. But more importantly the ACE station is in the middle of downtown Livermore which is already a destination. The current station alignment of the freeway drops you off in the middle of nowhere.

    And TOD around a BART / ACE station downtown makes sense from a development perspective. There is already nearby housing in walking distance and opportunity for more.

    If we plan to develop smartly we need to take the opportunity to place stations in logical places where there is already useful development.

  • Jame

    Sure, but creating another park and ride station is not good development either. I support BART or other transit connecting to BART in Livermore, only if if is downtown. All other locations are not logical or sustainable.

  • murphstahoe

    How is this relevant to the discussion of whether the BART station should be downtown? The ACE station is just gravy

  • RichLL

    Jame raised the matter of ACE and so I addressed it, in a gravy-like manner.

    The debate about whether freeway or downtown locations make more sense in a location where everyone drives is a debate we can have, but I don’t think the answer is so clear. We should ask the people who live there rather than ideologues who do not,

  • murphstahoe

    Presumably you reject the idea of regional planning – as in “9 million people live in the Bay Area, ask the people who live there”.

    In the end, it’s going in the Freeway because that will be an advantage to the rancher who owns the land north of the freeway and wants to develop it and sell people on easy access to BART. Which is bad for the region and frankly bad for Livermore.

  • RichLL

    I doubt that anyone who lives in, say, Healdsburg, would care either way about which transportation options are available to the good people of Livermore.

    Your conspiracy theories abut landowners aside, I feel comfortable about such issues being decided by local voters and taxpayers, rather than by interventionist ideologues who think they know what is right for others.

    But then I’m one of those old-fashioned people who trust my fellow Americans rather than technocrats and bureaucrats, so what do I know?

  • Jame

    Based on the overall regional plan, downtown Livermore is identified as a “primary development area.” A BART station downtown seems to be the sort of primary development we would want to encourage, right? Particularly as a catalyst for other development.

    We all know how terrible traffic is right now, why are we using mid-century (1900s) urban planning principles to build transit for the 21st century?

  • RichLL

    Well, I don’t know, but if the voters, commuters and taxpayers want one thing and the bureaucrats, technocrats and ideologues want a different thing, then who trumps whom?

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  • Andy Chow

    First the cost is too high, and that the city isn’t sure whether they want it in downtown. The Isabel portion is less problematic regarding alignment.


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