Today’s Headlines

  • Protesters Disrupt BART Board Meeting (NBCBayArea, Kron4)
  • Cars on Richmond Sidewalks (SFChron)
  • The Electric Bike Share Takeover (Wired)
  • A Profile of Hayes Valley (SFWeekly)
  • Swing Bombing San Francisco (Hoodline, SFWeekly)
  • Old East Oakland Warehouse Reborn (BizTimes)
  • What’s the Difference Between Uber and Lyft? (TheRinger)
  • More Reactions to Salesforce (SFGate)
  • Old Saturn Ad Shows why Cars are Bad for Cities (Curbed)
  • Silicon Valley Economy and the Housing Crunch (EastBayTimes)
  • Mill Valley Hates Turquoise Storefront (Curbed)
  • Commentary: Time for a 2nd Transbay Tube (BizTimes)

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    In addition to adding a second tube – which I think is critical and should include conventional rail – we should be looking at ways to encourage more office development in the East Bay, particularly in Oakland, which is better served by regional rail and freeways than San Francisco.

  • Adding a ton more office space can be good and bad for the East Bay. Traffic is already a nightmare on its clogged freeways that really cannot support a huge surge in volume. Displacing the load to side streets isn’t a solution either. On the other hand, increased urban rail in the area coupled with better connections to SF and expansion within SF should get more people out of their cars at least when it comes to commuting. If mass transit is infrequent and unreliable most people will take their chances on the road. A new tube must also be linked to expansion in SF as well as the east bay. Don’t forget a huge swath of SF needs faster and better linked transit. The major problem with BART is that it keeps building these huge commuter rail stations surrounded by acres of parking that only encourage driving. It’s about time BART invests in urban transit and focus on areas that are already dense or could be upzoned with stations more closely spaced and trains running more frequently than every 15 minutes.

  • The more I read about a second tube and reviewing BART’s history of misguided expansion efforts, suffice it to say if a second tube is ever built it will be generations from now. Too little, too late.