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

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Today’s Headlines

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It’s Election Day (SF Appeal, SF Gate, SFist) L.A. Road Rage Doc Convicted of Assault on Bicyclists (LAT, VeloNews, Streetsblog LA) Bicyclist Struck and Killed by AC Transit Bus Driver in Hayward (BCN via ABC7) Driver Arrested on Assault Charges After Nearly Hitting a Parking Officer (Press Democrat) Budget Update on Today’s MTA Board Agenda; […]
Photo: BART

Transit Agencies Need to Get Out of the Fare Collection Business

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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 […]

Today’s Headlines

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New Divisadero Commercial District Designation Removes Parking Minimums for Businesses (Hoodline) SFMTA Now Allows People to Protest Parking and Transit Citations Online (Muni Diaries) Flywheel Taxi App Gets New CEO (SF Examiner); Uber’s PR Problems Are Chronic (SF Examiner) Submission for Market St Prototyping Festival to Display Transit Info Through Lit-Up Totems (Curbed) BART’s Oakland Airport […]

Terrifying BART Shooting Shakes Bay Area

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I was waiting for an inbound BART train Saturday evening at eight in Rockridge when there was an announcement: “severe disruptions due to police activity at West Oakland.” My train arrived a few minutes later. We held in downtown Oakland for maybe 15 minutes. Then we rolled through West Oakland without stopping and accelerated to […]

Muni and BART Dump ‘Dump the Pump Day’ This Year

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The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s promotion of Dump the Pump Day 2008. Flickr photo: Metro Library and Archive The Bay Area’s two largest transit agencies are passing this year on a national event intended to get drivers to ride transit for a day. Muni and BART won’t be participating in National Dump the […]

Today’s Headlines

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Governor’s Gas Tax Scheme a "Bait and Switch" Move to Avoid Funding Transit (Sac Bee) Merc: "What Will It Take to Fix Bay Area Transit Crisis?"  Mayor’s State of City Makes No Mention of Improving Muni’s On-Time Performance (SF Gate) Tentative Nod for Congestion-Based Toll Increases on Bay Area Bridges (SF Gate, Coco Times) "Where […]