Recent attacks on taxi drivers have reignited the debate about the safety of cabbies in San Francisco. In recent months, taxi drivers have been stabbed, beaten and robbed while on the job. Early Saturday morning, a cabbie was robbed at gunpoint after picking up two men who hailed his cab in the Bayview district, according to police.Last month, a Metro Cab driver was knifed in the back after passengers refused to pay the fare. And Jan. 28, a passenger punched a cabbie several times in the face at Arkansas and Mariposa streets before fleeing the scene. Read More
BART resumed normal service throughout its system for Tuesday evening commute following the latest service outage, agency officials said.A power outage that occurred at 1:15 p.m. at the Montgomery Street station temporarily knocked out BART’s speed-control system, forcing trains to travel below 25 mph between San Francisco and the East Bay, according to agency spokesman Jim Allison. Trains are capable of traveling up to 80 mph. Read More
BART has resumed normal service in time for Tuesday’s evening commute, officials said.
A power outage that occurred at 1:15 p.m. at the Montgomery Street station temporarily knocked out BART’s speed control system, forcing trains to travel below 25 mph between San Francisco and the East Bay, according to agency spokesman Jim Allison. Trains are capable of travelling up to 80 mph on the system. Read More
The job status of Muni’s executive director, which has been in question for the past month, is likely to be decided Wednesday.Nathaniel Ford, who took over as chief of the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency in January 2006, is considered the leading candidate for the top position at the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority, a department that manages transportation operations at the two main airports in the nation’s capital. Read More
Just when BART riders were told that a train derailment Sunday would not affect their Monday morning commute, two separate incidents delivered delays.A mechanical trackside problem in downtown San Francisco and police activity at West Oakland station caused delays of about 15 minutes or more Monday morning.The trackside mechanical problem between the Embarcadero and Montgomery stations was remedied around 6:45 a.m., spokesman Linton Johnson said.The police activity was cleared up as of 9:30 a.m., an agency dispatcher said. Read More
BART passengers who listen to their iPods or read books on their Kindles should be aware of potential criminals while traveling on the rail system, as the number of thefts related to electronic devices nearly doubled from 2009 to 2010, according to the transit agency.
In 2009, BART recorded 88 thefts related to devices such as laptops, iPods, BlackBerrys and Kindles. In 2010, that number increased 88 percent to 166 cases. Read More
Last month, Joseph DeBorba went to the add-fare machine at the temporary Transbay Transit Center, hoping to put $100 on his Clipper card.
DeBorba’s first attempt at the reload failed. As did his second and third attempts. Finally, the next day, on his fourth try, DeBorba was able to put $100 on his card.
It was only a few days after that when he realized that $400 had been taken out of his bank account — yet he only had loaded $100 worth of travel fare on his card. Read More
A BART train derailment in Concord disrupted service Sunday well into the night.
BART crews worked to remove the disabled train from the tracks Sunday night with a crane, and officials remained optimistic that normal service would be restored in time for the morning commute.
Buses carried passengers between the Pleasant Hill and Pittsburg-Bay Point stations Sunday. If the tracks could not be cleared in time, the same thing would be done on a larger scale this morning, BART spokesman Linton Johnson said Sunday. Read More
Part of a BART train in Concord headed toward San Francisco derailed this morning, causing major delays and some minor injuries, according to the agency.BART spokesman Linton Johnson said wheels on the eighth and ninth cars of a 10-car train just leaving Concord station and headed to San Francisco International Airport came off the tracks at about 9:20 a.m. Johnson called it a “slow-speed derailment.” Read More
Part of a BART train in Concord headed toward San Francisco derailed this morning, causing major delays but no injuries, according to the agency.BART spokesman Linton Johnson said wheels on the last two cars of a 10-car train headed to San Francisco International Airport came off the tracks at about 9:20 a.m.The 65 people on the train, including some children, were evacuated, Johnson said.“It’s probably a very scary incident for folks, but no injuries,” Johnson said. Read More