Today’s Headlines

  • Resolution Setting Bike Theft Reduction Goals Headed to Full Board of Supes (SF Examiner)
  • More on Supe Breed’s Bike Tweet Snafu (SFGate, SFBG, UA); Avalos and Campos Nail It (SFist)
  • More on the Temporary Embarcadero Protected Bikeway (Bay Bikers)
  • Bicycle Rider Killed by Driver in San Mateo County ID’d as Former Amazon CFO (CoCo, CBS)
  • CPUC Approves First State Ride-Share Regulations in Country (SF Examiner, SF Weekly)
  • GG Bridge Committee Approves Plan for $26M Movable Concrete Divider (NBC, ABC)
  • BART, Unions Squabble Over Meeting Dates as Cooling-Off Deadline Approaches (CBS)
  • BART Quietly Starts Training Managers to Run Trains During Possible Strike (KTVU)
  • Crime on BART Goes Up Despite New Ban Policy; Police Blame Increased Ridership (Oak North)

More headlines at Streetsblog Capitol Hill

  • mikesonn

    The median on GGB will be case study showing medians increase travel speeds, they do not calm traffic.

  • Ted King

    Re: BART train operator training

    The KTVU (Chan. 2) link below is muddled. I found a link for KGO (Chan. 7), also below, that’s clearer. Basically, BART management can’t train NEW operators until there’s a strike. But they can re-certify former operators that are now managers. It’s a way of putting some pressure on the unions by showing that BART’s management has a Plan B.

    BART: Managers could learn to operate trains for strike (, 13 Sept. 2013)

    BART appears to be training managers to run trains (KGO aka, 19 Sept. 2013)

    P.S. Yes, this could lead to a lawsuit. While re-certification is often classified as a training activity there may be some fine print in the rulebook that separates ab initio training from refresher training / re-certification. Also, BART may be in violation of California’s Sunshine Laws if they haven’t made their rulebooks available on their website. I suspect that a watchdog group could find some lame rules that came from one side or the other in this labor dispute.

    NB – I’m not an attorney, no connection to BART, just a railfan and transit geek.

  • Anonymous

    I suspect that increased speeds are exactly the point. See: Doyle Drive.

  • mikesonn

    Doyle Drive has a 35 mph speed limit. Traffic routinely goes 55-60mph.

  • Anonymous

    I think medians are intended to reduce head on collisions, not slow down traffic.

  • mikesonn

    You fail to see my point, though I’m not surprised.