BART will review its safety protocols and announce new initiatives to protect passengers and employees — measures that take on new significance in the wake of last week’s bombing attack in Boston and a thwarted railway attack in Canada.
At the Thursday board of directors meeting, BART officials will discuss new communication strategies, upcoming training programs and efforts to improve relationships with other agencies. All of the proposals are aimed at improving safety conditions for workers and passengers, with specifics to be discussed in more detail at the meeting. Read More
A woman was taken to a hospital for a psychiatric evaluation after jumping onto the train tracks at a San Francisco BART station on Monday night, an agency spokeswoman said.The woman, who is in her 50s, apparently jumped in front of a train around 9:50 p.m. at the 24th Street Mission station, BART spokeswoman Alicia Trost said.The train traveled over her but did not make contact with her, Trost said.“There were no visible injuries,” she said. Read More
The 24th Street BART station in San Francisco is closed this evening after a person was hit by a train there, BART officials said.
BART officials announced major delays due to a medical emergency followed by station closures shortly before 10 p.m.
The person's condition is unknown and it is unclear how long the station will remain closed. Read More
The first day of work furloughs for air traffic controllers passed without incident at San Francisco International Airport, as no delays were reported at the hub Monday.
As part of a series of spending cuts enacted earlier this year due to gridlock in Washington, D.C., the Federal Aviation Administration announced mandatory days off for airline workers across the nation beginning Sunday.
Although other airports — particularly on the East Coast — suffered delays due to the work reduction, SFO did not experience any notable setbacks, according to spokesman Doug Yakel. Read More
Tunnel-boring machines for Muni’s Central Subway project are set to arrive in San Francisco this week, with digging expected to begin in June.The two massive machines — which each are more than 300-feet long — will take about four to six weeks to assemble once they arrive from China, according to Sarah Wilson, an engineer on the project. Once built, the machines will be dropped into a launch box below Fourth Street, where they will start drilling at about 40 feet per day, Wilson said. Read More
Clearer protocols for exiting buses, different seat colors for disabled passengers, anti-graffiti material on ceilings and new floors are all features of the 80 recently rehabbed Muni buses set to hit the streets next week.
Muni’s 800 buses currently make up the oldest fleet in North America, and the aging vehicles are prone to breakdowns and malfunctions. As part of a $19 million rehabilitation project, the 80 buses will now have another four years of usefulness added to their lifespan, according to John Haley, Muni’s director of transit. Read More
The ban on overnight parking for recreational vehicles on city streets was approved months ago, but now the exact streets for the prohibition have been decided.
The ban targets vehicles that are more than 22 feet long or 7 feet tall, and it includes the hours between midnight and 6 a.m. The Board of Supervisors approved the restrictions in late September, but the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency, which manages parking, is now moving forward with the exact streets. Read More
SACRAMENTO — The California agency overseeing the state's effort to build the nation's first high-speed rail line received a boost Thursday when a judge approved a settlement in a major lawsuit that sought to block the project.
However, the rail authority also faced a setback that could delay work and add to the project's soaring costs. Read More
More cabs will roll onto the streets this year, despite concerns from taxi drivers about the uncertain future of the industry.
Based on recommendations from an independent report, the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency’s board of directors approved a plan Tuesday to add 120 taxis in 2013 and 200 in 2014. Depending on market needs, more cabs would be added in 2015 and the years after, eventually raising the total number of taxis in San Francisco from the current 1,620 to 2,300. Read More
DALLAS — A computer system used to run many daily operations at American Airlines failed Tuesday, forcing the nation's third-largest carrier to ground all flights across the United States for several hours and stranding thousands of frustrated passengers at airports and on planes.
Flights already in the air were allowed to continue to their destinations, but planes on the ground from coast to coast could not take off. And travelers could do little to get back in the air until the computer system was restored. Read More