Today’s Headlines

  • Underground the Hairball? (SFGate)
  • Tracking BART Crime Made Easier on Unofficial Website (SFChron)
  • BART San Jose Extension Opening Date Unclear (EastBayTimes)
  • Caltrain Fares and Parking Fees Set to Jump (SFExaminer, EastBayTimes)
  • Market Street to Remain Open During Castro Street Fair (Hoodline)
  • Filling Oakland’s Potholes (Hoodline)
  • Decorative Crosswalks for Irving Street (Hoodline)
  • Fight Continues over Sausalito Ferry Dock (MarinIJ)
  • Brisbane to Vote on Housing (Curbed)
  • Candlestick Point Hit-and-Run Suspect Arrested (SFExaminer, SFBay)
  • San Jose Man Seriously Hurt by Car Crash While Waiting for Bus (SFBay)

Get state headlines at Streetsblog CA, national headlines at Streetsblog USA

  • thielges
  • RE: the Hairball
    First of all, the bike folks need to discuss the overflowing encampment issue with the Homeless Czar.
    As for the Hairball…good God. Let’s first try to get one city infrastructure project completed on time and on budget. How about getting the DTX up and running or rail under Geary to serve tens of thousands of commuters and daily riders before we think about spending billions to make Portola “more visible.” Also, don’t think for a second that any housing going up over 280 will be anything other than market rate (maybe a few BMRs thrown in to get the project signed off).

  • jonobate

    Don’t underground the hairball, demolish the hairball. Bring the US-101 entrance and exit ramps down to meet Caesar Chavez at right angles and demolish all the other flyovers. The intersection of Ceasar Chavez with Potrero/Bayshore would become a regular at-grade intersection, with protected bike lanes on both roads. Cheaper, safer, and more pleasant for non-motorized users than undergrounding.

  • Right, because the millions of people who drive in the Bay Area don’t want a pleasant experience either.

  • Corvus Corax

    Absolutely! I, for one, want a pleasant drive over to 23rd Ave to watch the waves breaking there. And I want a car-carrying ferry from Potrero Hill to Twin Peaks. Am I asking too much? I don’t eat bread, so I don’t care about the dustbowl that is covering the entire mid-west. I don’t miss the pleasant drives in Florida.

  • Felt good to block that idiot…

  • Jeffrey Baker

    In other news, BART July ’17 ridership continues to decline year-over-year by 2% vs July ’16, but ridership at the new extension to Warm Springs is up 10% vs. last year Fremont station alone.

  • jonobate

    I have to assume you guys are talking to someone I’ve already blocked, because I’m only seeing one side of a conversation

  • Corvus Corax

    Something that was not mentioned in the article, but is, I think, of critical importance, is the fact that the freeway interchanges there are nearing the end of their projected lifespan. So there will expensive work to be done there, no matter what is ultimately decided.

  • p_chazz

    This is why BART ridership is declining. Crazy ass people setting fire to their shoes. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/8f8a73a9e7cfe033462061cf7ab523b6abd5ffecf5dff0bfe1408f59486a5352.jpg

  • p_chazz

    That wouldn’t work. To receive federal highway funds, freeways must be built to Federal highway standards, which means no cross traffic. I do think that interchange is due for an update.

  • jonobate

    I’m not suggesting creating cross traffic on the freeway. Only the exit ramps would come down to meet Ceasar Chavez; the eight general lanes of the freeway would continue to pass over Ceasar Chavez as they do today.

    In any case, there’s no legal reason why US-101 couldn’t be at-grade; it *is* at-grade further north where it runs on Van Ness and Lombard. You’re thinking of interstates, which do have to be grade separated.

  • p_chazz

    Agree. A more simple diamond type interchange with signalized right angle intersections where the ramps meet Cesar Chavez is needed.