Today’s Headlines

  • Why SF Is Putting Pedestrians First On Market (Politico)
  • SF Explores Banning Cars Right Turn On Red (SFExaminer)
  • BART Looks To Upgrade Fare Gates (SFExaminer)
  • Video: Bike Thief Caught In the Act (Twitch)
  • Report: Ride-Hail Rise Tanked Wheelchair Access To Taxis (SFExaminer)
  • Boat Tram Coming To Embarcadero (SFGate)

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  • “Having too many trains operating at once, he says, can create bottlenecks—particularly on surface streets, where trains share the road with cars and often get stuck at red lights.”

    Welcome to San Francisco Muni. Sadly, if the SFMTA cut service on its lines in similar fashion, riders would expect wait times much longer than a minute or two since the system is already unreliable.

  • re: BART fare gates

    I lived in NYC and used the subway daily. The “iron maiden” gates work just fine, not to mention that most stations have these, as well as turnstiles to exit, plus regular gates.

    Major problem with BART is that many fare gates don’t work to begin with. I guess you get what you pay for (500k per gate).

  • Richard Mlynarik

    What exactly is the problem here that you are trying to solve?

    What is the cost of your “solution”? Show your work.

    Provide order-of-magnitude costings demonstrating how BART ridership and cost efficiency will be enhanced by further extension of prison and surveillance architectures and models into its civic realm.

    Bonus extra credit question: Are there alternative solutions that may address the “problem” more simply, or at lower cost? (Hint 1: the very idea of “fare gates” and “paid areas” represent billions of dollars revenues to such actors as rent-seeking defense contractor Cubic Systems, rent-seeking civil engineering contractors, and a small circle of well-connected construction contractors.) (Hint 2: Urban and suburban rail systems exist outside New York City (and London, surely your other possible example) — indeed some others even exist outside the USA!)