Today’s Headlines

  • More on Muni Double Berthing (SFExaminer)
  • A Look at Munis New Rail Cars (SFChron)
  • Valencia Gets its Bike Counter (SFist)
  • More on Transbay Bailout (SFExaminer)
  • Old Potrero Power Plant Planned for Mixed Use Housing (SFChron)
  • Luxury Apartment Boom in Oakland (EastBayTimes)
  • Caltrain Electrification Costs Rise (SMDailyJournal)
  • Fifth Fatality on Caltrain Tracks this Year (MercNews, NBCBayArea)
  • Parking or Housing for San Mateo Parcels? (SMDailyJournal)
  • San Rafael Council Asks Sonoma Marin Train to Preserve Walking Path (MarinIJ)
  • Dog Walking Art in Duboce Park (Hoodline)

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  • Rogue Cyclist

    “John Haley, the [SF] Municipal Transportation Agency’s transit director. ‘With more [rail]cars, we can start having some fun, trying some new things.’”

    Interesting way of putting it.

  • RE: new MUNI rail cars.

    It’s about time the Breda cars were retired. Broken doors, HVAC issues, etc. However, it doesn’t make sense to skip stations, especially in the Market St. subway. Instead, MUNI should skip surface stations, at least during the commute rush. There’s no reason why the L train has to stop every 2 blocks on Taraval. As for longer trains, this can only happen in the subway and the 4 stations along the Embarcadero. The Third St. line and surface stops cannot handle more than 2-car trains. Forest Hill/WP is maxed at 3-car trains. During rush, MUNI should run the max length in the subway and combine the M/L route. Once the Central Subway opens, combine the K/L during rush, turning back at 22nd/Taraval.

  • I’m glad he’s enjoying himself at riders’ expense.

  • RichLL

    Interesting that the 3rd Street K/T “streetcar to nowhere” cannot accommodate longer trains because that was the last line to be built. You’d think they would have built that for growth.

    Then again, it’s the least-used line, so maybe it doesn’t matter.

  • p_chazz

    I remember when everyone was looking forward to the Breda cars when the Boeing-Vertol cars had reached their end of life. Le plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose

  • Once it’s up and running the T will essentially replace the #15 bus along most of its original route. To save costs, the underground stations will be built to only accommodate 2-car trains, to fit with the current surface platforms. The Folsom/Brannan/2nd/4th platforms are much longer and can easily handle 3-car trains. If MUNI pulled its head out its tunnel it could run the new LRVs from WP to 4th/King as 3-car trains and then phase out the Bredas along the surface portions of the K/L/M.