Today’s Headlines

  • Police Brace for More Protests in Oakland Today Over BART Shooting (Merc, KTVU, Beyond Chron)
  • VTA Set to Approve Funding for BART Project Today (VTA Watch)
  • Study: Public Transit Riders Save an Average of $8,368 A Year by Not Driving (SF Examiner)
  • Muni Catching A Lot More Fare Evaders (SF Gate)
  • N-Judah Chronicles: 2009 "May Not Be So Bad" For Muni Riders
  • Schwarzenegger, Legislators to Try, Try Again on the Budget (SF Gate)
  • Republicans, Corporate Lobbyists Behind Efforts to Gut CEQA (Sac Bee
  • Port of Oakland in Fight Over $5 Million in Clean Air Funds (Coco Times)
  • Lack of Good Press for the Bus and its Riders (Santa Rosa City Bus via Streetsblog Network)
  • San Rafael Gets Interirm Public Works Director (Marin IJ


Photo: BART

Transit Agencies Need to Get Out of the Fare Collection Business

From nine to nearly noon today, at BART headquarters in Oakland, the agency’s Board of Directors and staff had an impassioned discussion about raising fares and parking fees to close projected budget deficits. “Across the country, ridership is down, from four to five percent for rail, and ten percent for buses,” explained Grace Crunican, BART’s General […]

BART Will Study Second Transbay Tube, West Side Extension

Updated 11:06 p.m. with comments from BART Board-elect Nick Josefowitz. BART says it will formally study the decades-old ideas of building a second Transbay tube and extending service to SF’s western neighborhoods. Ellen Smith, BART’s acting manager for strategic and policy planning, recently told a SF County Transportation Authority Board committee (comprised of SF supervisors) […]

The Oakland Airport Connector: BART’s Little Engine that Could?

The fatigue is palpable, but the battle over BART”s Oakland Airport Connector (OAC) is nowhere near its conclusion. That’s the message coming out of yet another marathon hearing today at the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC), the region’s transportation planning body, over the merits of the airport connector, which I would argue has now become the […]

Mission Transit Lane Removal Nudged Closer to Reality

Last April, businesses on Mission Street started to gain some traction in pushing against SFMTA’s “red carpet” bus-only lanes, which they claim—contrary to the available evidence, it should be noted—are hurting their bottom line. The result: Supervisor David Campos asked the SFMTA to “make a radical shift in the program,” as he put it in […]