Five crossing zones along Caltrain tracks on the Peninsula are slated for infrastructure improvements as part of an effort to increase safety.
The intersections — where the tracks cross Brewster Avenue in Redwood City, at Churchill and East Meadow avenues in Palo Alto, and at Rengstorff Avenue and Castro Street in Mountain View — will each have additional time added to their gate-down intervals, meaning cars will have to wait a little longer for trains to pass through. Read More
The next few months are sure to be tense at BART headquarters, with contract talks between management and the agency’s main union groups now under way.
The four-year contracts between BART and its two biggest unions — Service Employees International Union Local 1021 and Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1555 — are set to expire June 30. Talks between the unions — which represent workers such as mechanics, station agents and train operators — and the agency about a new deal officially began Monday. Read More
A high school student struck and killed by an alleged drunken driver after celebrating her 17th birthday. A beloved teacher fatally hit while crossing Vicente Street. A young girl whose legs were crushed by a dump truck on The Embarcadero.
So far this year, five pedestrians have been killed by motorists on San Francisco streets, and pedestrian advocates are wondering why more isn’t being done to improve protections. Read More
Several of Muni’s historic streetcars are in line for a much-needed rehabilitation.
Sixteen of the vehicles, which make up Muni’s popular F-Market line, have been in service since 1993 and are nearing the end of their useful life. These particular vehicles are called Presidents Conference Committee streetcars and are in use 21 hours a day, 365 days a year, according to the agency. Read More
All-electronic tolling on the Golden Gate Bridge began Wednesday, but some drivers may have been a little too eager to take advantage of the lack of congestion.
Some drivers were clocked at speeds of 60 mph going through the now-vacant toll plaza, according to the California Highway Patrol.
That’s more than double the posted 25 mph limit through the toll booths, which are narrow. Read More
UPDATE: San Francisco's Glen Park BART station has reopened about two hours after a person was fatally struck by a train there, BART officials said.
The person was struck around 4 p.m. at the station, located at 2901 Diamond St., BART spokeswoman Alicia Trost said. Medical personnel responded and pronounced the person dead at the scene minutes later, Trost said. Authorities are investigating the incident. Read More
Caltrans on Monday held a grand opening event to celebrate the completion of the long-awaited Devil's Slide-bypass tunnels.
The ceremony was hosted by local politicians, transportation officials, and the wife and daughter of the late U.S. Rep. Tom Lantos, the Peninsula lawmaker for whom the tunnels are named.
Devil’s Slide, a coastal section of state Highway 1 in San Mateo County notorious for rock slides and traffic accidents, will finally be replaced with something a bit more angelic.
Decades in the making, two new tunnels are expected to officially open Tuesday as part of a $439 million transportation project to provide a more reliable link between the towns of Pacifica and Half Moon Bay.
The Public Policy Institute of California released a poll Wednesday showing that likely voters are opposed to spending $68 billion on high-speed rail by a margin of 54 to 43 percent. And who could blame them? They voted in 2008 to endorse a $42.6 billion plan that would require $9.95 billion in state bonds and the rest from the federal government and private funding. Read More
After fighting to stave off reductions to federal tax breaks for public transit commuters, San Francisco is on the verge of strengthening enforcement of a 4-year-old law that requires larger businesses to offer employees commuter benefits.
The Environment Commission will vote Tuesday on new enforcement regulations, which would create a process for how complaints and investigations would be handled to ensure compliance with the 2009 law. Read More