Today’s Headlines

  • Potential Cuts to ‘Safe Routes to School’ (SFExaminer)
  • BART Releases Photo of Robbery Suspect (SFGate)
  • BART’s Clean Up Crew at Work (SFist)
  • Delay to One Oak Development (SFExaminer)
  • The Housing Struggle for Urban Teachers (Curbed)
  • Which Haight is Better? (SFGate)
  • Hotel Planned for SoMa Parking Lot (Socketsite)
  • Baseball Stadium Coming to Laney College Parcel (SFGate)
  • Breakdown of Cap and Trade Spending (EastBayTimes)
  • San Mateo Supes Pass Crosswalk Cell Phone Resolution (SFGate, Kron4)
  • Electric Vehicle Event in Richmond (EastBayTimes)
  • Commentary: SFMTA Needs to Trash Diesel Buses (SFExaminer)

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  • Sean

    I wish someone would set the record straight on electric buses. ULSD fuel is about half of the equivalent ‘electric gallon’ costs for starters. The wave charging and unreliability for electric buses increases operating costs by requiring more layover and back up standby service, plus they can’t do hills as of yet without wires. Buses very nature is to be out all day, and are supposed to last 12 years or more. No electric bus is as flexible and reliable as a modern diesel. Someday the technology will catch up, but for now politicians should be pushing private car owners to buy electric, which is a smaller vehicle that travels far less miles on average.

  • david vartanoff

    Actually electric trolley buses are far longer lasting than diesel buses. You are correct about flexibility in general although Muni’s 40 ETBs have battery packs allowing them to detour around blockages on the wired routes.

  • Sean

    I was actually referring to electric battery buses. Muni,and King County Metro trolley buses are wonderful, and we should be building more wire. I love the Muni ETIs and I will hate the day we see them go.

  • xplosneer

    This is accurate – and I engineer them. Obviously we are working on these problems. However, the grade issues aren’t as serious for most places for our eBus because it’s a 29 foot, so there’s less weight to carry around than a 40′ Proterra. Unfortunately, SF is one of those places.

  • Or, building more mass transit, thereby reducing the need to own a car in the first place.