Today’s Headlines

  • Driver With Medical Emergency Hits Man on Bike, Causes Bus Crash at Eighth and Balboa (Richmond)
  • Man Hospitalized After Being Struck by Muni Train at Third and Carroll Streets (SF Examiner, CBS)
  • Transbay Developers Threaten to Sue if Supes Approve Transit Tax They Agreed to (SFGate, SFBG)
  • Supervisor Farrell Proposes Getting Rid of City-Owned Car Fleet in Favor of Car-Share (SFGate)
  • SFCTA Launches Survey on How to Improve Late Night Transportation in SF (NightlifeSF)
  • Muni Operator Restroom Opens Eight Months After Phelan Bus Loop’s Completion (Ingleside Light)
  • BeyondChron: BART Board Member James Fang Faces Tough Election Challenge From Nick Josefowitz
  • Oakland, BART Officials Hold Press Conference for New Parking Garage at MacArthur Station (Mercury)
  • Bike East Bay Pushes for Continuous Protected Bike Lanes in Telegraph Ave Redesign (EBX)
  • In NYC, Protected Bike Lane Redesigns Improved Vehicle Traffic Flow on Some Streets (CityLab)
  • Growing Line of Tourists Waiting to Park at Golden Gate Bridge Lookouts Deemed “Urgent Matter” (CBS)
  • Bill Murray Drives Taxi in Oakland While Cabbie Plays Saxophone in Back (Live105)

More headlines at Streetsblog USA

  • CamBam415

    Here are a couple more articles from the North Bay:

    1. Another small step in Bodega Bay trail
    http://www.pressdemocrat.com/home/2707707-181/another-small-step-in-bodega

    2. Santa Rosa likely to get $8.2 million grant for Jenning Avenue railroad crossing
    http://www.pressdemocrat.com/home/2715536-181/santa-rosa-likely-to-get

    3. Ruling good news for Caltrans’ Willits bypass work (Why are we spending $210M on this rural Highway boondoggle?)
    http://www.pressdemocrat.com/home/2714296-181/ruling-good-news-for-caltrans

  • Andy Chow

    Last month, I took a brief trip to the Golden Gate Bridge from the Sunset via Muni. The bus got stuck in traffic in the visitor plaza because of the cars. The Golden Gate Bridge visitor plaza is a well used stop for the 28 line.

    The best kept transit secret is the PresidiGo shuttle. There’s a free shuttle from the visitor plaza to the Presidio Transit Center, and another shuttle from the transit center to downtown SF. The downtown shuttle is free for everyone during off peak hours and weekends. The shuttle use the Broadway tunnel and makes very few stops.

  • p_chazz

    In answer to your last question, it’s because the good people of Willits are sick and tired of having a major highway cut their town in half, along with all the carnage that entails, and they would like to have a liveable, walkable downtown same as anybody.

  • ¤ Good thing we spent all that money on Doyle Drive.

  • If Prop L passes,they can build a parking garage for all those motorists! Well, at least on the SF side. Sorry, Marin, you’ll have to pass your own Prop L.

  • CamBam415

    Thanks p_chazz for answering my rhetorical question. Let me be less subtle. We should not be spending $210M on small town highway boondoggles when the state/Caltrans has more pressing transit needs. Seriously, Willits is 4,800 people. We can’t even keep what we have in working order, we shouldn’t be building more.

  • Phil

    Actually, the bypass is for inter-regional traffic, for tourism, and for the 164,000 California residents who live in Humboldt and Del Norte Counties who must drive through Willits to get to services not available behind the “Redwood Curtain.”

  • gneiss

    How is this ‘bypass’ helping anything? Traffic going to Route 20 is still required to go through the center of town. By some estimates, 75% of the traffic backups in Willits are from local travel out to the coast and will continue even after construction is complete.

    Not to mention that there are no plans to make the current road in Willits any better. The 4 lane 40 mph road will still be there – just as unpleasant as before construction started.

  • EastBayer

    Well, it doesn’t look so bad to me: http://goo.gl/maps/HGZBD

    Maybe narrowing the lanes to add a bike lane would help.

    I do suspect that the Willits economy gets a boost from people stopping on their way through.

  • murphstahoe

    The bypass is going to kill Willits. It was created in another time,
    when the logging and rail drove the economy. With that not what it was,
    the drive through traffic keeps the retail in Willits alive.

    This isn’t necessarily favored by Willits, it’s the brainchild of Caltrans. A city with nothing but boarded up storefronts isn’t very livable. This already happened to Cloverdale when they put in the bypass there, the main strip in Cloverdale has never recovered and people there drive to Healdsburg and Windsor for services. Willits residents will be getting very familiar with Ukiah.