Today’s Headlines

  • Drivers Injure 12-Year-Old Boy in Bayview, Woman in 20s at Seventh and Townsend (SFGate, SFBay)
  • The Fell and Oak Partially-Protected Bike Lanes Are Finally Complete (Hoodline)
  • Muni Unveils New Low-Floor, 60-Foot-Long Hybrid and Electric Buses (SFBay, SFGateSFMTA)
  • Mayor Takes the Muni Bus Photo Op, But Won’t Take the 22-Day Muni-Riding Challenge (Medium)
  • Broke Ass Stuart: “Muni is ours and riding it is part of what it means to be a San Franciscan (Examiner)
  • “Muni Forward” Service Boosts, Name Changes Start Saturday; Hoodline Has the Scoop on the Haight
  • More on the Chinatown After School Program Teaching Kids to Be “City Street Investigators” (KTVU)
  • Berkeley to Hold Bike Plan Meeting as “Bikes in Berkeley” Festival Returns (Berkeleyside)
  • Raul Missael Juarez, 23, Killed By Distracted Driver in Unincorporated Bay Point (SFBay)
  • Palo Alto Man on Bike Hits, Kills Woman in Her 60s (Palo Alto Online)
  • Belmont Driver, 90, Turns and Hits Man on Bike; Police Blame Man for Pretty Much Everything (DJ)
  • Menlo Park Commission Reaffirms Vote for Unprotected Bike Lanes on El Camino Real (Almanac)

More headlines at Streetsblog USA

  • shamelessly

    The SFBay article about the new buses mentions that they’re part of “a five-year replacement plan with New Flyer America Inc., and King County Metro in Washington state.” Any idea why King County, Washington is involved? Please tell me we’re not once again getting a deal on old technology when another transit agency is upgrading to the modern age?

  • mx

    No they are new buses. We’re buying them with King County Metro essentially.

  • Andy Chow

    King County Metro purchased options from New Flyer and Muni is buying buses off King County’s option. This is an alternative from seeking bids independently. New Flyer can provide buses to Muni quicker and cheaper by extending the production line for trolley buses.

    There are only a handful of agencies running trolley buses in North America, and only one manufacturer that is able to produce a bus that meets Buy America requirement. The vehicle chassis is used within Muni and by many transit agencies so it simplifies parts and maintenance.

  • shamelessly

    Thanks for the explanation! That sounds like a smart way to go.

  • FYI, that’s “Menlo Park PLANNING COMMISSION Reaffirms Vote…” (not Council)