Today’s Headlines

  • DTX Route Approved (SFExaminer)
  • 16th Street BART Gets Heavy Duty Cleaning (Curbed)
  • Muni Bus Operator Remains Critical (SFGate)
  • Salesforce Transit Center Park Path Breaking (SFGate)
  • BART Transbay Repairs (EastBayTimes)
  • Vote on Central SoMa Plan (Hoodline)
  • More on the Millennium Tower’s Problems (SFChron)
  • Driverless, Electric Cars Will Exacerbate Sprawl (SFChron)
  • Pedestrian Injured in Berkeley (Berkeleyside)
  • Commentary: A Bold Path on Climate (SFExaminer)
  • Commentary: Let’s See Where Scooters Take Us (FoxNews)
  • Commentary: Pro-parking BART Candidates (EastBayTimes)

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

  • Sean

    I missed the old Oakland Tribune. EB Times is way too conservative, this BART board editorial is whack.

  • John Murphy

    Not that we could actually get this to happen, but I could see this as an optimal model for self driving fleet cars.

    A steep “initial” fee, to get into the car. Then a fee per minute, which starts low but then after a certain number of minutes starts to increase.

    The net effect is that you don’t plan on taking these cars to go a quarter mile because you want to avoid the initial charge, you might take it to go 2 miles, but you won’t take it to go 20 miles. This would at least try to make it a last mile solution, not an end to end solution.

    Couple it with lower fares on heavy transit – BART/Caltrain/express buses/ferries – perhaps even offering a discount on the transit fares if you started or ended your trip with a self driving car trip that meets some criteria, longer than a few blocks (which we prefer walking) and shorter than X.

  • Kevin Withers

    The existing BART board is what defines whack…

  • thielges

    > This would at least try to make it a last mile solution, not an end to end solution.

    And that’s the catch: people like their one-seat end-to-end automobile based solutions. Make that trip in a personal pod where you can eat, smoke, crank up the music, etc. and that solution is even more attractive.

    European railways have somewhat addressed this personal private space need with couchette carriages. That makes sense for longer trips but not really practical for shorter journeys.