Muni has been negligent in responding to pervasive safety problems, and could face fines of $20,000 a day, according to a state regulator that Thursday opened an investigation of the transit agency.
But Muni says it’s being railroaded, claiming to have been blindsided by the charges. The transit leaders claim they have responded to every request made by California Public Utilities Commission, the state agency with oversight of rail and light-rail transit systems. Read More
To many, Muni’s new hybrid buses are successful on several fronts. Not only are they environmentally responsible, but their low floors let passengers board quickly — a crucial element in speeding up the system’s notoriously inefficient service.
However, for the tens of thousands of disabled and senior passengers who take Muni, advocates say that the unfriendly design of the low-floor buses present yet another accessibility obstacle. And with the agency contemplating the purchase of 200 more in the coming years, the problem could become even worse. Read More
A winter wonderland is what people may be thinking about with the possibility of snow in San Francisco.
But also possible is traffic accidents, especially if there is a mix of alcohol with the drivers, warns San Francisco Police Department Capt. Al Casciato, with the police traffic company.
He warned drivers to simply pay attention. Read More
San Francisco International Airport is experiencing two-hour arrival delays today, mostly from flights out of other West Coast airports, due to the rainy weather, according to airport duty manager Lily Wang.
“It’s raining and there are visibility issues,” Wang said. She said there are also shorter delays for departing flights.
The delay schedule began at 11 a.m. and will last through 11 p.m., Wang said, but with the rain expected to continue, travelers should expect similar backups Friday at SFO. Read More
A motorcycle that crashed on the Bay Bridge Thursday afternoon and blocked traffic for about an hour has been cleared from eastbound lanes, a California Highway Patrol officer said.The crash was reported at around 3:45 p.m. and blocked two eastbound middle lanes, CHP Officer Kevin Bartlett said.The motorcyclist suffered minor injuries, Bartlett said.It did not appear that another vehicle was a factor in the crash, Bartlett said. Read More
A motorcycle crash is blocking two lanes of eastbound traffic on the Bay Bridge Thursday afternoon, a California Highway Patrol officer said.The crash was reported at around 3:45 p.m., CHP Officer Kevin Bartlett said.The motorcyclist suffered minor injuries and two middle lanes are blocked as the crash is cleared.A Sig-alert was issued at 4:20 p.m., and Bartlett said the CHP estimates that the lanes could reopen by 4:45 p.m. Read More
Local and federal authorities are conducting emergency training exercises at the Millbrae BART station on Thursday, a BART spokesman said.Officers from BART police, the FBI and the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office are participating in the joint exercise, designed to coordinate response tactics in the event of a public safety emergency on a train, spokesman Jim Allison said."It's any kind of situation that would involve law enforcement needing to access a passenger train," Allison said. Read More
A crash on San Francisco’s 19th Avenue sent one person to the hospital Thursday morning, a fire dispatcher said.The crash was reported in the area of 19th and Holloway avenues at about 5:50 a.m.One person was transported to a hospital, and the southbound lanes of 19th Avenue had to be shut down briefly, the dispatcher said. He did not have additional details on the incident. Read More
Two weeks after a majority of BART’s board of directors asked her to leave, there will be no vote today on the job status of General Manager Dorothy Dugger, a development insiders say indicates she is negotiating a departure on her own terms.
On Feb. 10, the board voted 5-4 in a closed session to oust Dugger, a motion later rescinded due to concerns that it violated the state’s open-meeting laws. The vote was expected to be rescheduled for today — the next regular board meeting — but there is nothing about Dugger’s job performance on the agenda of today’s board meeting. Read More
When a major crash shuts down U.S. Highway 101 in San Mateo County, it doesn’t take long for the traffic mess to spread to local roads. Desperate for an alternate way to get home, motorists take to city streets, which quickly become just as chaotic as the gridlocked freeway.
“If you force people off, you need to tell them what to do,” said Rich Napier, executive director of the planning agency City/County Association of Governments. “You need to help the traffic that’s off [the freeway] because of an incident so you can get ’em out of the neighborhood.” Read More