Today’s Headlines

  • More on Twin Peaks Tunnel Shutdown (SFGate)
  • More New BART Cars Approved (SFGate, EastBayTimes)
  • Leno Talks 2nd BART Tube (Curbed)
  • Internet Plan Could Benefit Transit (SFExaminer)
  • More on New Mobility Report (Hoodline, KGO)
  • Making SoMa’s Freeway Entrances Safer (SFExaminer)
  • Surge in Pedestrian Deaths (MercNews)
  • Where to Get Free Stuff on Bike to Work Day (Curbed)
  • Oakland Begins Clearing Northgate Ave Encampment (Hoodline)
  • Larkspur will use Eminent Domain to Finish Bike Path (MarinIJ)
  • Cost of San Rafael’s Multi-Use Path (MarinIJ)
  • Commentary: Kill the San Rafael Bridge Bike Path (MarinIJ)

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  • re: Twin Peaks tunnel closure
    So, Muni had better have some viable alternatives in place and available to the public prior to any tunnel closure.
    To meet demand of nearly 100,000 riders of the K/L/M a bus bridge will hardly suffice, especially during morning/evening rush. First, some riders will opt to find their way to the already packed N Judah. Second, the Forest Hills station is a major transfer station for bus riders so they will need to find an alternative to transferring to rail. Third, Muni should combine the K/L and M/L surface lines so that riders have the option, albeit a slow option, to transfer to BART at Balboa Park. Fourth, Muni needs to run 3-car shuttles between Castro and Embarcadero at all times to handle the additional transfers at Castro St.
    Let’s check back in the second week of June to see how this all plays out.

  • lunartree

    > Leno Promises 2nd BART Tube

    Did he? It seems like that was a passing comment in an interview. His official platform on his website doesn’t even mention anything transit related either.

  • Roger R.

    Fair enough. I toned down the headline.

  • voltairesmistress

    Very well thought out.

  • I think it’s up there with SW’s “master subway plan” which remains to be seen.

  • p_chazz

    Uber and Lyft will make a killing.

  • John French

    Let’s stop calling it a “second BART tube”.

    We need a second trans-bay tube carrying regional rail services. That is not necessarily a BART tube.

    A tube carrying Caltrain services from Transbay to Oakland (and beyond?) seems a better option (assuming that Caltrain service levels are raised to match BART’s, which should be possible after electrification; even better if we can someday get coordinated transfers at Millbrae/Diridon and a regional fare plan…) A standard gauge rail tube could also carry HSR to Oakland.

  • Yes, indeed. Rather than end in SF, the regional rail can cover East Bay, SF and peninsula/South Bay in one run with more frequent runs closer to residential/job centers and express trains. Welcome to Europe circa 1970!

    You have to understand that not one shovel of dirt will be moved for at least another generation.

  • John French

    A regional rail system which does most of what you describe can be realized without any construction beyond Caltrain electrification, currently in-progress. Bonus points for BART to San Jose (in-progress), and hopefully high-level platforms for Caltrain and maybe some day DTX – but all of that is optional.

    BART and Caltrain could look, from a passenger’s point of view, like a single regional system, with timed transfers and a single fare plan. The barriers to this are not physical or technological.