Today’s Headlines

  • SF Parks Truck Driver Kills Mother Laying in Grass in Holly Park (SF ExaminerSF Gate)
  • Bay Area Bike Share Has 2,500 Members, Ridership Data Available Next Week (CBS)
  • What To Do When You Can’t Return Your Bay Area Bike Share Bike (SF Weekly)
  • BART and Unions Exchange Accusations, Will Resume Negotiations Next Week (SF GateKTVU)
  • Pouring of Transbay Terminal Concrete Foundation Begins (SF ExaminerSF Business TimesKTVU)
  • Muni Bus Driver Stabbed in Leg By SF Resident David Choy in Tenderloin (Mercury NewsCBS)
  • Six Hospitalized After Head-On Crash Between Van and School Bus in San Jose (KTVU)
  • Class Action Lawsuit Filed Against Lyft: Drivers Are Not Contractors (KQED, SF Business Times)
  • Vibrant Bay Area: Expand Bay Area Bike Share to Include Vallejo and Marin Ferry Terminals
  • Burlingame City Council Approves Broadway Grade Separation Study (Daily Journal)
More headlines at Streetsblog Capitol Hill
  • It’s hard to do justice to just how appalling this incident is.

    Why is it not Park and Rec policy to prohibit their vehicles from being driven faster than 5mph when off-road in a city park? (Not to mention a city park filled with people on a sunny day?)

    If it is indeed true that many people have previously reported reckless driving by this city employee, and Park and Rec did nothing about it, the top manager of Park and Rec should be fired.

  • Ted King

    Re: Grade Separation Study approval
    http://www.smdailyjournal.com/articles/lnews/2013-09-05/burlingame-council-oks-grade-separation-study/1774790.html

    What puzzles me is the need for a study at all. CalTrans should have suitable plans sitting on a shelf somewhere from back in the 1980’s or 1990’s. The level crossings on the peninsula have been in various planners’ crosshairs for ages. Somebody needs to dig through CalTrans’ archives to see what they have in the way of plans for those crossings and publish the results of the search on the web.

  • Richard Mlynarik

    Pouring of Transbay Terminal Concrete Foundation Begins

    Dig a completely worthless hole that cannot ever serve as a functional train station, fill it up. Repeat. Profit!

    All at the low, low, low cost of $4 billion of your public dollars.

    For a Bus Station in the Sky with a “slap some lipstick on that pig” non-functional “park” three stories up in the air.

    Death really is too kind a fate for anybody involved in this fiasco and fraud.

    Straight from the horse’s mouth:

    News that the Transbay Terminal is something like $300 million over budget should not come as a shock to anyone.

    We always knew the initial estimate was way under the real cost. Just like we
    never had a real cost for the Central Subway or the Bay Bridge or any
    other massive construction project. So get off it.

    In the world of civic projects, the first budget is really just a down payment. If people knew the real cost from the start, nothing would ever be approved.

    The idea is to get going. Start digging a hole and make it so big, there’s no alternative to coming up with the money to fill it in.

    Hey, but it’s cheaper than the Bay Bridge, so nothing to see, move along, and keep digging holes. The worst possible outcomes the highest possible costs. Heckuva job, Bay Area Transportation Leaders!

  • mikesonn

    CalTrans or Caltrain?

  • Richard Mlynarik

    Caltrain, like all the local welfare agencies masquerading as transportation agencies, is run for the sole benefit of its contractors and employees.

    So of course the contractor mafiosi need millions more to re-study and re-study, and then build random stuff ad-hoc with no strategic planning, no cost control, and no cost effectiveness.

    Look not further than the disastrous grade separation they just blew out in San Bruno. It makes the system worse (in fact, it makes many of the most desirable ways to operate Caltrain impossible, or only possible with hundreds of millions of do-over), it’s compatible with no service plan, it blew out its budget by millions, and it serves no purpose other than to enrich those who “designed” and constructed it.

    And whatever you do, don’t look at the $250 million (minimum, guaranteed-to-exceed) outright, systematic, unambiguous, rent-seeking, staff-abetted, contractor-enriching fraud that is Caltrain CBOSS. Over twice the price anybody anywhere else in the world would pay. Guaranteed to blow out cost and schedule. Incompatible with every other signal system in the world. But very very very very very very profitable.

  • Ted King

    CalTrans

    [A] They have the budget and [B] their turf includes highways like US-101 and CA-82 / ECR. A traffic jam at a level crossing can easily extend to either one of those routes. So a grade separation could be considered as a congestion mitigation measure for nearby intersections.

    NB – I’ve worked in San Mateo near 25th Ave. and at the San Carlos Airport (SQL) which required walking along Holly St. My train riding on the peninsula corridor predates Caltrain.

  • Anonymous

    Agree with @KarenLynnAllen:disqus: this is utterly appalling. Words cannot do justice for my sympathies for this woman’s husband, kid when it grows up, family, and friends. Nor can they do justice for my anger at this jerk who was driving clearly out of control, Parks & Rec for the fact that we even have maintenance guys driving everywhere with huge trucks when they should be using trikes or at least golf cart-like vehicles (can’t we get cars out of our parks!), and our car culture in general where these vehicles have so taken over our cities and our lives that we literally cannot get away from them and are not safe from them *anywhere*. I’m just so sick of it all and can’t write anymore ….

  • Jimbo

    Great! Now I have to be careful when I’m relaxing at the park also. Even the park is not safe anymore because of some dumb ass motorist.

    I am just sick of cars everywhere you go, reckless drivers are there ready to kill you at any moment.

    And the line at the gas station is just ridiculous. Gas prices are up but looks to me like it should be $10 a gallon since motorists are still eagerly awaiting in line to gas up their cars.

  • Timmy

    I’m also appalled about this. It seems that the recent cyclist tragedy on Folsom has attracted about a hundred times as much outrage here but, if anything, this is even worse.

    What are things coming to if you cannot even lie on the grass in a park without constantly looking around?

  • Anonymous

    Broken link on the last item (Broadway grade separation)