Today’s Headlines

  • SF Voters Reject Prop L, Approve Transpo Funding Props A and B; Alameda County Passes BB (SFGate)
  • Nick Josefowitz Unseats 24-Year Incumbent James Fang on BART Board (SF Examiner)
  • SF Cab Drivers Officially Unionized, Fight Continues Against Uber, Lyft, Sidecar (SF Examiner)
  • Twitter Plans to Build Sky Bridge to Connect Two Headquarter Buildings Over Stevenson Alleyway (Biz)
  • Free Shuttle Takes Bottle Collectors to SF’s Shrinking Number of Recycling Facilities (SF Examiner)
  • Nested Birds Part of Rising Cost of Bay Bridge Demo (ABC); Water Leaks Threaten Corrosion (SFGate)
  • Carl Dubose Charged With Murder in Road Rage Shooting That Killed Mother in Oakland (CoCo Times)
  • Bike Couriers Thrive in Oakland, Despite Predictions of Doom From Internet and Apps (East Bay Express)
  • Bike East Bay Distributes Lights to Night Riders (Oakland North), In Time for Daylight Savings (KTVU)
  • Business Times Explains Why Planned San Jose, Alumn Rock BART Stations Could Be Eliminated
  • Man Struck by Amtrak Train in San Leandro (SFGate); Teen Boy Killed by Caltrain in Palo Alto (SFGate)
  • Malikyar Mirwais, 48, Found Dead on BART Tracks Near Concord Station (SFGate)

More headlines at Streetsblog USA

  • Mario Tanev

    I am happy James Fang lost, but nothing in Nick Josefowitz’ rhetoric really gives me confidence that BART will start focusing on the right priorities when he’s on the board, such as:

    1. More frequent runs in SF in off-peak hours. When there are only two lines running, each at 20 minute frequency, they are not balanced properly. One gap is 5 minutes, the other one 15, or something like that. Certainly more off-peak runs generally would help.
    2. Infill stations (I am looking at you 30th and Mission)
    3. Expansion in SF (Geary, second tunnel)
    4. More late night and early morning service. BART starts at 8 am on Sunday which is ridiculous if you have a flight to catch.
    5. Better integration with other transport modes (Muni, Caltrain). There should be a focus on those who live at Balboa Park, Glen Park, 24th St & Mission and 16th St & Mission to switch to BART rather than the 14 line. Having some sort of unified fare would help, but also having some solid connections. Currently there is no schedule integration whatsoever. When Caltrain runs once an hour at Millbrae, sometimes it departs right before a BART train arrives.
    6. Making revenue on BART parking lots, demand-based pricing.
    7. Going into the real estate game with TOD, in order to fund future transit expansions. The Hong Kong model can work here, so why is BART subsidizing parking lots instead of using the land for estate development

    Cleanliness and working escalators are certainly important, but they are petty vision, really. I don’t know if that was just his rhetoric to get elected or that’s really how narrowly he looks at it. Anyone have any insights?

  • mike_napolis_beard

    I’m just happy that “BART to the Beach” will no longer be a top priority.

  • baklazhan

    I’d like “BART to the Beach” (well, the Richmond) to be a top priority… but I haven’t seen a shred of visible progress for as long as I’ve been paying attention.

  • Gezellig

    As for the last point about working escalators/elevators, as I understand it since Prop A passed there will now be funding for new elevators/escalators at SF Metro stations, which of course BART will benefit from greatly as 6 of the 8 BART stations in SF are also served by Muni Metro. So it’s even less impressive for anyone at BART to point to improvements at those stations since they’re basically being done for them by Muni.

  • njudah

    I spoke with him before the election and I think that he’s someone that we can work with to improve BART. Campaign rhetoric and policy are not the same thing, and let’s face it, Fang didn’t give 2 sh**s about the things that you are talking about (and I agree with). at least with Fang’s corrupt BS out of the way, we can work with someone new. If he ends up being a big failure we can vote him out in the next election.

  • They are in the middle of construction on the trial-run or whatever of the first enclosed and lockable BART descending entryway at the northernmost 19th St station entry. This is supposed to then get replicated on Market St.
    http://www.bart.gov/news/articles/2014/news20140109-0
    http://www.bart.gov/about/planning/19th
    http://www.contracostatimes.com/contra-costa-times/ci_24878520/work-begin-oakland-bart-station-enclosure
    They’re currently building forms for a concrete pour: https://twitter.com/roymeo/status/530095302233960450

  • coolbabybookworm

    I can’t wait, beautiful transit entrances really build a sense of place and help people find and enjoy transit. It also protects the escalators. Hopefully this will be a success and the new board will install them over all the highly used underground station entrances asap.

    One of my favorite examples is the excellent metro system in Bilbao.

  • mike_napolis_beard

    BART expansion in San Francisco is key, but only really if it can loop back to the main line in some way. BART beyond Park Presidio may be a hard sell. It’s certainly something being considered – it’s an option in the online FutureBART.org survey.

  • murphstahoe

    “When there are only two lines running, each at 20 minute frequency, they
    are not balanced properly. One gap is 5 minutes, the other one 15, or
    something like that.”

    I believe this is to facilitate timed transfers on the spur lines that aren’t getting direct service, for example if you are riding from Berkeley to SF, you have to transfer at Macarthur to a Pittsburgh Bay Point train, if the trains were spaced 10 minutes apart in SF, then anyone making those trips suffers a 10 minute transfer penalty.

    I argue that’s worse than the closeness of trains in SF given that BART generally runs on a schedule.

  • Mario Tanev

    I am not saying that the right solution is to screw up BART elsewhere. But BART can provide a lot of capacity that Muni struggles with and making BART a reliable mode for in-city travel should be a priority. Perhaps the right solution is just to have more runs, or to perhaps have some short runs (Embarcadero to Daly City).