An epic winter storm charging eastward Wednesday across the United States has caused flight cancellations at San Francisco International Airport.The bulk of the cancellations involve flights to and from Chicago and New York, SFO duty manager Doug Yakel said. He did not know how many planes would stay grounded Wednesday, saying the airport is in wait-and-see mode. Read More
As a second-year law student at the University of San Francisco, Arthur Gaus should have plenty of work to occupy his time. However, instead of dedicating all his hours to the intricacies of our legal system, he spends much of his day worrying about where to park. Read More
Muni workers will have to pay to park just like the rest of us.Last year, the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency, which operates Muni, approved regulations that would require employees to pay to park on department property. On Tuesday, the agency’s board of directors amended The City’s transportation code to allow parking control officers to issue $55 citations for any agency worker not complying with the new regulations.The board was supposed to amend the code last month, but delayed the ruling following an outcry from SFMTA workers. Read More
The San Francisco Unified School District board of education tonight will discuss a proposal to reduce yellow school bus service to nearly a dozen schools, a district spokeswoman said.The district is considering cutting the number of school buses that serve The City’s schools from 44 to 25 over the next three years, spokeswoman Gentle Blythe said.The service reduction is a response to recent budget cuts and also aims to align the bus routes with the new student placement policy approved by the district last year, Blythe said. Read More
Employee errors appear to be the cause of an unattended Muni bus rolling down O’Farrell Street and smashing into a light pole on Van Ness Avenue, blocking traffic during Tuesday’s morning commute.No one was hurt in the 8:38 a.m. incident, according to spokesman Paul Rose of the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency, which operates Muni. The front windshield of the bus was cracked from the impact, and the vehicle straddled the median, blocking north- and southbound traffic on Van Ness. Read More
Due to long-term construction underway on the Dumbarton Bridge, Caltrans began closing lanes in each direction on the bridge Monday night to facilitate the seismic retrofit that is expected to be completed by August 2012.Motorists should expect overnight lane closures in either direction during the ongoing construction work, with up to two of the three bridge lanes in each direction affected. Read More
Later this year, BART is expected to award a contract for a $3 billion train replacement initiative that will add 700 all-new cars to the rail system over the next decade.With most of its trains nearing the end of their useful lives and the first new trains scheduled to arrive by 2013, agency officials are already working on determining the new vehicles’ design, capacity and amenities. But when it comes to testing possible new seats, the contrasting needs of suburban and urban riders make the task a little more complex than just choosing new upholstery. Read More
Eight of Muni’s drivers were involved five or more accidents in 2010, but because most of the collisions were determined not to be their fault, they’re still behind the wheel.
Last year, two drivers were involved in seven accidents each, three were in six, and three more were in five apiece, according to data provided by Muni in response to a public-records request. Read More
Every morning, a familiar phenomenon begins to take place in the small San Francisco neighborhood of South Park.
Cars begin flooding the narrow South Park street, queuing up in long lines to find a coveted spot in the half-block of the thoroughfare that lacks meters and isn’t zoned for residential parking. Just a block away, scores of metered-spots remain empty, but these commuters are interested in only one thing — all-day free parking. Read More
Even though The City is eight months behind on its promise to offer discounted Muni passes for low-income students, some city officials are contemplating even bigger plans: offering free Muni rides for all schoolkids. Read More