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SPUR Talk: High-Speed Rail on its Way to Northern California

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High-Speed Rail construction is well underway in the Central Valley, said Ben Tripousis, Northern California Regional Director for the California High Speed Rail Authority, during a forum at the San Francisco Bay Area Planning and Urban Research Association’s (SPUR) Mission Street center. “The High-Speed Rail question has shifted from ‘if’ to ‘when,'” he told the packed house at today’s […]

BART Will Study Second Transbay Tube, West Side Extension

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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) […]

This Week: Supes Debate Free Muni for Youth vs. Maintenance

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This week, the Board of Supervisors revisits whether to fund free Muni for youth or Muni maintenance, and the SF Bicycle Coalition hosts a ride to envision protected bike lanes on Second Street. Here are all the highlights from the Streetsblog calendar: Monday: SFMTA North Beach Meeting: Central Subway Tunnel Boring Machine Options. The SF Municipal Transportation […]

Muni’s Next Train Fleet: Breda Disqualified From Another Contract

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As Muni seeks its next-generation fleet of light-rail vehicles to serve the metro system, the manufacturer of its current, notoriously unreliable train cars has been barred from competing for a new contract. Italy-based AnsaldoBreda, which produced the LRVs that Muni riders use today, was the only one of four prospective manufacturers which didn’t meet the new […]

SF Transit Riders Union Holds First Meeting, Debates Priorities

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Photo: Troy Holden Roughly two dozen attendees came out to the inaugural meeting of the San Francisco Transit Riders Union (SFTRU) on Thursday evening and had a spirited — at times heated — debate about how to make the fledgling organization a vocal constituency representing the diverse interests of Muni riders. Billed as an opportunity […]