A barge that was intentionally run aground on San Francisco’s waterfront Tuesday morning leaked a “small amount” of fuel into the Bay and is now docked in Oakland, authorities said. Read More
A heavily traveled commuter route in San Francisco remains closed Wednesday morning while Caltrans crews work to remove debris scattered across the roadway, according to the California Highway Patrol.The connector between northbound U.S. Highway 101 and northbound Interstate Highway 280 has been closed since just after midnight, when the CHP received reports of debris dangling from a sign over the slow lane. Read More
Facing mammoth budget deficits for 20 years to come, the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency may ask city voters to increase vehicle registration fees, raise parcel and sales taxes, hike off-street parking rates or create a new “transportation utility fee.”
With salaries and benefits growing faster than agency revenues, the SFMTA must generate an extra $50 million each year, while also reducing annual expenditures by $30 million, according to Chief Financial Officer Sonali Bose. Read More
A crackdown on illegal cabs in San Francisco is signaling the start of a larger effort to turn around The City’s oft-criticized taxi industry.
In addition to efforts to halt illegal cabs from trolling city streets, efforts are under way to solve the persistent complaints about how it is nearly impossible to find a cab on Friday or Saturday nights, during large events or any time at all in certain areas of San Francisco. Read More
Caltrain trains are running 30 minutes late on the Peninsula after the software to switches on the tracks failed, according to transit officials.The first report of a faulty switch between the Belmont and Hillsdale stations was reported around 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, according to Caltrain spokeswoman Christine Dunn. Read More
BART police will have spiritual counselors to advise them under a new volunteer chaplaincy program beginning Tuesday.
BART police Chief Kenton Rainey will swear in four local clergy members at noon Tuesday in Oakland, marking the first time the transit agency has offered the service for its police officers and their families, according to agency spokesman Jim Allison. Read More
Peninsula train service was stalled on Caltrain for nearly 90 minutes Monday afternoon when crews discovered a deceased passenger on board a train.An unresponsive 61-year-old male passenger was found on the #151 train headed for San Francisco around 2 p.m.Crews noticed the passenger when they arrived at the Hillsdale Station in San Mateo, according to Caltrain spokeswoman Christine Dunn. The train, however, was taken out of service and not able to continue north until the coroner arrived on scene.Passengers aboard #151 were transferred to #155 at 3 p.m. Read More
A wind advisory is in effect for the San Mateo-Hayward Bridge, a California Highway Patrol Officer said.The advisory was issued at 4:03 a.m. in response to the strong winds and rain, Officer Ralph Caggiano said.A wind advisory for the Bay Bridge, which was issued at 12:33 a.m., is still in effect and another wind advisory could be issued for the Richmond-San Rafael later Monday, Caggiano said.The CHP recommends motorists exercise caution while driving and are urging drivers to reduce speed and allow distance between cars on the road. Read More
Each day, Muni’s 30-Stockton bus carries more than 22,000 passengers, providing a crucial public transportation option for residents in San Francisco’s northern neighborhoods.And it is my personal nemesis. Read More
While Bay Area transit agencies grapple with unprecedented budget shortfalls and passengers experience service cuts and fare hikes, workers enjoy benefits well above the national average.The region’s 28 transit agencies face a shortfall of $8 billion over the next 25 years, and benefits like pensions, health care and workers’ compensation make up 34 percent of total operating costs, according to the Metropolitan Transportation Commission.The high cost of wages and benefits are not unique to public sector debt, but the Bay Area’s problems are uniquely acute. Read More