Police temporarily closed down Third Street between Howard and Market streets to vehicles Thursday morning due to downed Muni overhead wires. The two overhead wires were dangling on the road near Jesse Street around 10:15 a.m.Crews placed flares next to the wires as Muni buses navigated the shutdown street. Only Muni buses were allowed on the two-block strip of Third Street, a crucial downtown traffic artery.
No one was injured, a commanding police officer said at the scene.
Pedestrians were allowed to use the sidewalks. Read More
Ambulances have responded this morning to a crash near San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park involving a vehicle and possibly a pedestrian, the Fire Department said.The crash was reported at 8:20 a.m. at the intersection of Park Presidio Boulevard and Fulton Street, according to the fire department.No other details were immediately available. Read More
More than 16 percent of Muni drivers were at fault in at least one accident last year, and a handful of them were in three avoidable collisions in 2010 alone.
But of the 348 drivers who were in preventable collisions in 2010, only seven might be fired.
Those who remain employed have to make sure to avoid being at fault in another accident within 12 months, after which their records will be cleared. Read More
Fruit vendors, book stores, technology centers and take-out restaurants might someday replace the drab, mostly featureless environs of BART stations.
Today, the agency’s board of directors could authorize negotiations with a private company on a proposal that would transform stations into commercial centers. If the board approves the negotiations, the two sides will have three years to figure out how to bring in retail opportunities. Read More
Muni is investigating a bizarre Jan. 20 accident in which one of its parked and empty trolley buses rolled down a hill and smashed into several parked cars in Daly City.The operator of the bus said he had applied the emergency brake on the 60-foot-long vehicle before leaving it unattended on a downhill slope at Mission Street and San Jose Avenue, an area popularly called Top of the Hill, according to officials from the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency and Daly City police. Read More
Caltrans crews have finished excavation work on two tunnels on the San Mateo County coast that will allow motorists to bypass Devil’s Slide on state Highway 1 beginning next year.More than 314,000 cubic yards of soil, clay and rock has been removed during excavation of the two tunnels, which run beneath San Pedro Mountain just south of Pacifica, Caltrans District 4 Director Bijan Sartipi said.The tunnels are each 30 feet wide and about 4,200 feet long.Crews are continuing to work on installing electrical systems, insulation and lining on the inner tunnel walls. Read More
The San Francisco Department of Public Works is performing maintenance on the Great Highway today, work that was supposed to have started Monday, a spokesman said.The department was scheduled to begin a weeklong maintenance project Monday morning, but the work was postponed until 9 a.m. today.Great Highway will be closed to vehicle traffic between Lincoln Way and Sloat Boulevard from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for one week.Workers will be trimming back vegetation from the medians to improve visibility and will be removing sand from the roadway. Read More
An Outer Richmond blogger’s persistent coverage of Muni’s 38-Geary bus line helped lead to some much-appreciated scheduling changes in his neighborhood.Earlier this month, Aaron Kitashima, who runs a blog called Akit’s Complaint Department, began posting stories about the paucity of transit service at 48th Avenue, the starting point for the 38-Geary — the Bay Area’s busiest bus line. From 5:30 to 8 p.m. every Saturday, Muni did not run any inbound buses from 48th Avenue, forcing some passengers to walk as far as eight blocks to catch a bus. Read More
Bay Area airports are in a wait-and-see mode after a terror attack at Moscow’s Domodedovo Airport that killed dozens of people earlier Monday.“It gives everyone in our industry a pause to review security,” San Jose International Airport spokesman David Vossbrink said.At least 35 people were killed and at least 140 were injured in Monday’s explosion, believed to be a suicide bombing, according to the latest reports. Read More
If last year’s elections proved anything, it’s that San Francisco voters overwhelmingly approve of two things — legalizing marijuana and putting a stop to the plushy benefits enjoyed by Muni’s transit operators.
In November, nearly 65 percent of San Francisco voters approved Proposition G, an initiative aimed at reforming work rules for Muni operators. Read More