Today’s Headlines

  • Happy Walk to Work Day! (Hoodline)
  • Bay Area Transit Officials to Call on Congress to Put Long-Term Funding in New Transpo Bill (Examiner)
  • City Report Outlines Benefits of Installing GPS on City Vehicle Fleet (SF Examiner)
  • More on the Supervisors Vote to Ban Tour Bus Driver Narration (CoCo Times)
  • SFGate Asks if the Fulton Speedway is “SF’s Worst Speed Trap” Because SFPD is Enforcing Limits
  • Fire Damages Muni Bus Shelter at Haight and Fillmore (Hoodline)
  • GJEL, Momentum Mag Make Cases Against California’s Proposed Mandatory Helmet Law
  • BART Seeks Public Input on Fare Increase Coming in January (SF Examiner, KQED)
  • BART Launches “BARTable” Website Listing Fun Happenings Near Stations (ABC)
  • Burlingame City Council Looks to Improve Crosswalks, Parking Signage on Broadway (SM Daily Journal)
  • San Mateo Police Use License Plate Scanners to Nab Criminals, But Privacy Rights of Concern (SMDJ)
  • Los Angeles Mayor Proposes “Sustainable City pLAn” With Goals for Less Driving (Streetsblog LA)

More headlines at Streetsblog USA

  • murphstahoe

    What’s the status of AB192 anyway – in committee? At what point do I need to start hounding my state rep?

  • theqin

    I thought BART already paid for an advanced automated control system… what happened to the GETS GS AATC system it paid for? Are we being asked to pay for it again?

  • theqin

    I assuming you mean SB192 (bill is originating in the senate and not the assembly). According to:
    http://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billNavClient.xhtml?bill_id=201520160SB192

    It is currently referred to the commission on Transportation and Housing. It hasn’t been set for a hearing, which I believe means either it will get heard and voted upon by the commission (and if approved by a majority vote the legislature would vote on it in the future), or if it doesn’t have a hearing it dies at the end of the current legislative year. But maybe someone else with more legislative experience knows better.

  • My worry about the whole Walk to Work Day thing is that it may cause people to underestimate how dangerous it normally is to walk in SF since there’s fewer cars on the streets.

  • murphstahoe

    I’d be more worried that MUNI gets a couple hundred less bucks in revenue, and that cyclists will think it’s easier to get a bike rack than it actually is.

  • jonobate

    Never got installed. I don’t know if BART ever got the money back or not.

    http://www.bart.gov/news/articles/2006/news20060616a

    Developing ATC systems from scratch is really, really hard, which is why every sensible railroad in the word deploys a proven standard such as ERTMS. I don’t know if that is an option for BART given that everything in their system is custom, but it would certainly have worked for Caltrain, who instead chose to homebrew their own CBOSS system. I’ll be very surprised if Caltrain are able to complete their CBOSS project without massive delays and cost overruns.

  • theqin

    What is the penalty for delays? If I remember correctly PTC has to be implemented by the end of 2015 by federal law.

  • jonobate

    Ha, yeah, that’s not going to happen. The freight railroads are even further behind than Caltrain, and are currently lobbying for extending the deadline to 2020.

  • There’s a noticeable difference?

  • SFnative74

    And…what, they might feel like they would want to walk to work again another day?

  • SFnative74

    There is! Only 3082 cars crossed my path today compared to the usual 3089.

  • Andy Chow

    Many metro systems have CBTC moving block signal system. One of the systems is SelTrac used by Muni as well as other true metro systems around the world.

    ERTMS is an interoperability standard, and not a product. Not sure BART needs ERTMS since there are other factors preventing BART from inter-operating with any other rail systems.

    I think the difficulty for BART is the ability to inter-operate with its existing signal/train control system.