Today’s Headlines

  • Women’s March Street Closures and Transit Options (Curbed, KQED)
  • Bay Area Cities Out of Amazon Headquarters II Bid (SFChron)
  • More on New BART Train (SFExaminer, KQED)
  • Transit and Street Projects Coming Online Around the Country (Curbed)
  • Girl Falls Through Platform Gap at Petaluma Station (MarinIJ)
  • Pedestrian Crashes into Robot Car (Curbed)
  • Some Motorists Really Unhappy About Bridge Tolls (SFWeekly)
  • Jumbled Architecture of the Dogpatch (SFGate)
  • Mixed Use Development at Market and Duboce (Hoodline)
  • No Groceries for Hayes Valley (SFWeekly)
  • Fremont Underpass to Get ‘Better’ Sidewalk (EastBayTimes)
  • Commentary: And No Bikes on the San Rafael Bridge (EastBayTimes)

Get state headlines at Streetsblog CA, national headlines at Streetsblog USA

  • Jeffrey Baker

    Regarding the Curbed article, which I recommend, it is remarkable that El Paso is inaugurating a streetcar line with a fleet of PCCs. Whoever masterminded the design of the PCC should get the Medal of Freedom or some such decoration.

  • Eric Johnson

    Self-driving cars are learning so quickly! They’ve just mastered “the pedestrian just came out of nowhere and jumped in front of me!” get out of jail free card.

  • Jeffrey Baker

    I’m as big a pedestrian advocate as anyone, but I don’t think it’s helpful to ignore the reality that there exists a class of insane people for whom flinging themselves at vehicles is not even their most remarkable behavior. After all, the mentally deranged regularly fling themselves at passing pedestrians, so why not cars?

    Self-driving cars are festooned with cameras so I’d be surprised if they were just making it up.

  • david vartanoff

    So the short version is it was a committee established by the various streetcar operators in the 1930s which pushed for a standardized yet flexible design for mass production of newer tech, lightweight bodied cars. The actual patents had to do with the wheel/axle/bogey assembly, thus there were post WWII subway cars with PCC under carriages in Boston, Chicago, and Cleveland.
    Evidently they succeeded.

  • p_chazz

    It was either an insane person or someone trying to pull an insurance scam.

  • Eric Johnson

    Three comments:
    1. This was also covered at It said, “In 2017, GM filed 22 reports with the DMV because of collisions,
    although the Cruise was never at fault, according to the reports.”
    2. Think of your Bayesian priors. We never hear of pedestrians throwing themselves at cars, so we’re supposed to believe that the one time it did happen, it happened to an extremely rare vehicle type?
    3. I’m sure all these companies feel quite comfortable lying to the DMV. Recall that the general counsel of the DMV was previously the general counsel for the disgraced Chuck Quackenbush, the insurance commissioner who was forced to resign.

  • davistrain

    The PCC streetcar is one of three notably successful engineering designs of the 1930s. The Pennsylvania Railroad GG-1 electric locomotive kept trains moving until well into the Amtrak era. I’m not sure how many are still airworthy, but the Douglas DC-3 can be considered to be the first successful passenger aircraft, and many of these were still flying in the 1970s. But the PCC design is still carrying people both in the US and Europe.