Today’s Headlines

  • Caltrain Approves Purchase of 16 Rail Cars From LA’s Metrolink (SFBayGreen Caltrain)
  • Muni Looking to Create App Allowing Riders to Pay Fares With Smartphones (BI)
  • Castro Street Makeover Completion Delayed Until Mid-October (BAR)
  • Three Shuttle Stops Proposed to Replace Daytime Car Parking on Castro and Church Streets (BAR)
  • Stanley Roberts Finds People on Bikes Behaving Badly at Polk and Market Streets
  • Growing Uber Looks to Build New Headquarters in Mission Bay (SF Examiner)
  • Electric Scooter Share “Scoot” Expanding in Neighborhoods Like the Mission (Mission Local)
  • Citymapper, Popular Worldwide Transport App, to Expand to SF (Softonic)
  • SFFD Official Demoted After Using Emergency Lights to Flee Minor Car Collision in Sonoma (SFGate)
  • With Booming Economy, Bay Area Driving and Highway Congestion Apparently at All-Time High (CBS)
  • Army Veteran Earns Medal for Saving Man Who Fell on BART Tracks in Orinda (SFGate)
  • Couple Sues San Carlos Over Instituting Rush-Hour Parking Ban on Holly Street (Mercury News)

More headlines at Streetsblog USA

  • Matt Laroche

    Re: Caltrain buying Metrolink cars.

    The $15 million cost looked high on the rail cars, as Caltrain had been talking about $4 million for 11 cars. They ended up getting 16 cars, and they’re Bombardier Bi-Levels (like the newer cars that Caltrain runs).

    The cost breakdown is:
    $5.6 million for 16 rail cars (350k/car)
    $6.064 million for rehabilitation of 16 rail cars (379k/car)
    $1 million for spare parts
    $1 million for platforms
    $100k for new wheels
    $100k for engineering support
    $1.036 million for staff and contingency.

  • gneiss

    Watching the Stanley Roberts piece again points out the absurdity of treating people riding on bikes as if they are car drivers. In each case where he scolds the person on a bike for failing to yield to pedestrians there was absolutely no danger to them. These people riding bikes were interacting with the pedestrians the same as if they were on a multi-use path, with slow, deliberation motions that didn’t interfere with them by waiting until there was a gap and moving through it. What Stanley fails to recognize, is that hitting a person walking carries just as much risk of injury for the person on the bike as well. How many times do we need to say this – bicycles are *not* cars and can treat interactions with people walking differently than if you were driving a car.

  • murphstahoe

    Also – when the cyclist runs the red, 2 pedestrians do the exact same thing right in the frame.

  • chetshome

    Agreed. Some of them get a little closer to the peds than I would, but it doesn’t look like any of them break stride at all. Stanley seems to have in mind some specific meaning of “yield” that I don’t get.

  • thielges

    Caltrain could save a bundle skipping or seriously trimming back that $6M rehab item. The MetroLink cars are currently serviceable. Maybe they don’t have all of the Caltrain-specific bells and whistles but does that really matter? This is just a stopgap measure until electrification comes on line. Riders won’t care if the cars aren’t painted Caltrain red and white.

    When Caltrain borrowed Chicago Metra cars a few years ago they worked just fine without needing extensive mods. Good thing because they went back to Metra after the loan.

  • Some of that looks a bit like a Right on Red, after stopping.

  • Probably the legal “you can’t go if anyone’s in the crosswalk at all” definition.

  • Matt Laroche

    Sounds like you know more than I do about the current shape of the Metrolink trains. Do you have a link for them still being serviceable?

  • Richard Mlynarik

    Caltrain MASSIVELY, MASSIVELY pads every single capital project and engineering contract with huge quantities of unspecified and unspecifiable overheads which are used to keep the staff and the army of perma-temp in-house consultants rolling in it.

    A million for “staff”? (To do … umm .. we’ll get back to you on that. ) That’s nothing?

    A signal project for a tiny little 50 mile shuttle line with no junctions? Anywhere else in the world, under $100 million. At Caltrain, more than $250 million.

    An electrification project coming in at nearly three times comparable projects in expensive first world locations? MMMMMM … somebody’s making out.

    Feed the beasts!

  • murphstahoe

    which is clearly strictly enforced by SFPD at places like 24th/Noe

  • p_chazz

    I saw typical bicyclist disrespect of pedestrian space. It is extremely disconcerting to see bicyclists coming at you from all directions out of the corner of your eye. It makes for a hostile street environment for peds.

  • murphstahoe
  • gneiss

    The bicyclists were coming from *one* direction. And they were all respecting the primacy of pedestrian right of way by not interfering with their walking. And news flash p_chazz – if they hit a pedestrian at the speeds they were going, the only injuries would be minor. Not like with drivers of cars, where even low speed collisions can cause extensive injuries.

  • thielges

    No link, just common sense. Fleet operators never run their vehicles totally into the ground whether they’re running a navy or a handful of mattress delivery trucks.

    I’d expect what happened here with the Caltrain budget item was that they asked their operations division what they want to budget to bring the carriages into Caltrain so they quoted the max rehab to bring the equipment to new condition. That’s overkill.

  • KWillets

    I’m surprised he spent time at that intersection without noticing the drivers blowing the mandatory right turn and driving down the bus lane practically every light cycle. SFPD tickets there once a week, and they often end up with a block-long stack of pulled-over cars.

  • JeffreyY

    Citymapper already works in SF: https://citymapper.com/sfbayarea/superrouter

  • Michael Mathews

    While I’m happy to work with cyclists so that I can cross and they can keep going, I don’t really want even minor injuries when I’m out running errands, thank you.