Today’s Headlines

  • Under-Staffed Pavement to Parks Program Struggles to Meet Demand for Public Space (SF Examiner)
  • Castro Residents Say Jane Warner Plaza Sees Increasing Bad Behavior (KTVU)
  • Helmet Cam Video Shows Red Light-Running Driver Hitting Motorcyclist Who Lands on His Feet (SFist)
  • ABAG Official Accused of Stealing $1.3M in Streetscape Funds Bought $1.5M Beach House (SFGate)
  • ABAG Insurance May Cover Lost Funds (Biz)
  • Wider Sidewalks, Bike Corrals Planned for Contentious Development at 16th Street BART (SocketSite)
  • Urban Life Signs: Alignment for Second Transbay BART Tube Along Third, Geary Streets is Most Desired
  • Judge Says “Ride-Share” Drivers Should Be Employees (Biz); Lyft Stencils Ads on Sidewalks (Hoodline)
  • SMART Larkspur Extension Could Be Funded By President’s New Federal Transpo Budget (Marin IJ)
  • U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx Shares His Transportation Vision at Google (MercuryABC)
  • San Bruno, Millbrae Police Target Distracted Driving, Issue More Than 50 Citations (SFBay)
  • Bay Area Traffic Congestion May Be the Most Predictable in the Country (Mercury News)

More headlines at Streetsblog USA

  • CamBam415

    This headline is incorrect/misleading and likely overly optimistic: ” SMART Larkspur Extension to Be Funded By President’s New Federal Transportation Budget”

    Specifically, the Larkspur Extension was included in the Presidents PROPOSED budget, which is far from a done deal. The proposed budget was more of a political statement than a working financial statement. And while SMART is always (blindly?) optimistic that this funding will come through as part of the New Starts program, lets be real here: a public transit funding request for a dark blue county/region is not likely to be looked upon favorably by a Republican controlled congress. So, maybe the funding will materialize and maybe it won’t. Let’s not say its funded until the funds have been approved by congress and approved for distribution.

    What is more interesting however, is whether or SMART will successfully will manage to squirm out of their obligation to build the parallel bike/ped pathway as promised on that Larkspur extension. SMART is currently doing all it can to dodge that responsibility and is trying to get the CEQA clearance without the pathway which would likely kill (at least for 20 years!) the likelihood of getting this vital section of the pathway built. Note that the $20M in Federal funding doesn’t include funds to build the pathway too…