Today’s Headlines

  • SFMTA Blames Uber and Lyft for Making Traffic Worse (SFExaminer)
  • Surveillance Video Shows Context on Pit Bull/Cable Car Incident (SFExaminer)
  • Pedestrian Struck and Killed in North Oakland (SFChron, EastBayTimes)
  • Another Hit and Run, in San Jose (SFGate)
  • Scott Wiener Pushes Housing Development on State Level (Curbed)
  • 20 Minute Delays on BART (SFGate, EastBayTimes)
  • More Delays for Warm Springs/South Fremont BART (EastBayTimes)
  • Forgotten Trails of San Francisco (Hoodline)
  • Developers Seek Support for Multi-Use Project at Millbrae Station (DailyJournal)
  • Larkspur Extension of Sonoma Marin Train Approved (MarinIJ)
  • Discounts Planned for Start of Sonoma Marin Train Service (MarinIJ)
  • Commentary: Transit Solutions are Simplistic (SFExaminer)

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  • mx

    Boy am I sure glad the SFMTA Board is working on its station naming policy. Reading today’s headlines, it’s obvious there’s definitely nothing more important for them to be focusing on.

  • murphstahoe

    Re OAC: Now they are placing the blame on Uber/Lyft for missing ridership projections. The reason is the fare, plain and simple. To assume that those Uber/Lyft riders would be on BART/OAC in the absence of Uber/Lyft is pretty weak.

  • RichLL

    Nice little transit system you have there. It would be a shame if it had a little accident. Pay me some bitcoin and I’ll protect you.

  • mx

    A Forbes reporter is reporting that the hackers claim they have 30GB of SFMTA data they’re threatening to release.

    https://twitter.com/iblametom/status/803309068035231744

  • Jeffrey Baker

    Oh gosh, what if we find out the buses are sometimes late? Not sure if we can survive these revelations.

  • Jeffrey Baker

    The commentary in that article is right on point. OAC was built with federal “shovel-ready” money at the same moment that AC Transit was slashing service. What’s more “shovel-ready” than driving buses on existing routes? Nothing! And we still haven’t regained any but a tiny fraction of the services that were cut from AC Transit six years ago.

    Streetsblog didn’t ask about OAC in the recent softball interview of Radulovich http://sf.streetsblog.org/2016/11/17/exit-interview-director-tom-radulovich-reflects-on-20-years-with-bart/ . Would have been interesting to discuss.

  • Both SFO and Oakland International are extremely vulnerable to sea level rise. San Jose International is not. My guess is SFO will be defended. Runways will be raised, even floating runways implemented. It will be extremely expensive. My guess is Oakland International will not be defended. As Oakland runways become more and more routinely flooded, East Bay travelers will take BART to SFO, or they’ll travel around much of California on the Capitol Corridor and San Joaquin train lines. (Perhaps even via high speed rail, but no one should hold their breath awaiting it.) A decade or two from now, running an expensive fixed rail line to a largely abandoned destination will be seen as an unusually stupid waste of money.

  • Jeffrey Baker

    Building a berm around the airport sounds like just about the easiest thing to do. Why do you think they’d allow an actively-used airport to be flooded when a simple fix exists?

  • RichLL

    Or perhaps a tidal barrier near the GG Bridge, like the one in London’s Thames Estuary, which can open to let through shipping?

    There is quite simply no way the Bay Area is going to lose a major airport.

  • I’d be proud to call that much speculation my own.

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