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
A woman is in critical condition after being a struck by a Muni train Thursday afternoon.
The victim, an Asian woman in her 60s, was struck by a K-Ingleside train heading west at the intersection of Ocean Avenue and Westgate Drive, police Officer Albie Esparza said.
The incident occurred around 3:15 p.m.
The woman is listed in critical condition, Esparza said.
The details of the crash are under investigation. It is not clear if the woman was crossing the intersection or waiting for the train, Esparza said. Read More
If Bay Area transit agencies want to hang on to $129 million in anticipated funding for the coming fiscal year, they will need both houses of the Legislature to engage in a broad bipartisan compromise — not exactly a hallmark of California politics.
The November passage of Proposition 26, which mandated that certain state fees and tax allocations be approved by two-thirds of the Legislature, threatens a complicated 2010 gas-tax swap that reinstated California’s transit assistance program. Read More
A summit scheduled next weekend aims to identify sustainable funding for Caltrain and ensure the transit agency’s long-term success.Save Our Caltrain, organized by Friends of Caltrain, will be held Jan. 29 and feature speakers such as Sierra Club Executive Director Michael Brune and Caltrain Joint Powers board of directors Chairman Sean Elsbernd.The event will address ways the transit agency can increase ridership, improve service and create long-term funding. The summit will take place at SamTrans headquarters, 1250 San Carlos Ave. in San Carlos. Read More
As The City’s transit agency continues to investigate ways to increase parking costs for motorists in downtown San Francisco, it’s backing off on efforts to charge its own employees to park.In April, the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency, which oversees parking and Muni, approved a measure to make its employees pay for parking in agency-owned lots and garages. The proposal was projected to generate $1.3 million annually for the agency, and was originally set to be implemented by Sept. 1. The SFMTA is currently facing a $21.2 million deficit for this fiscal year. Read More
Unruly students may be to blame for a recent rise in crime on Muni vehicles.For the first quarter of this fiscal year, which ran from July through September, there were 268 crimes recorded on Muni property, a 16 percent rise from the previous quarter’s totals, according to the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency’s latest quarterly report.Other, less-serious actions, categorized as “security incidents,” increased from 342 reports to 409 reports this quarter, a 19 percent hike, according to the report. Read More
In less than a week, five trains derailed at a Muni storage facility, a development operators say is due to a lack of investment, raising concerns about potential injuries and damage.Between Jan. 9 and Friday, five light-rail vehicles slipped off the tracks at Muni’s Green Division rail yard, which is located near the Balboa Park BART station and acts as the departure point for trains. Read More
Travelers looking to take a sun-drenched vacation in Cancun or a trip to the mountains near Vancouver might soon see some cheaper flights out of San Francisco International Airport.
In a bid to attract more international carriers, SFO officials are proposing to slash operating fees by about 33 percent for airlines flying to and from Mexico and Canada. Currently, carriers serving SFO from those two destinations pay $1,500 in operating fees, the same amount as flights from all other countries around the globe. Read More
After achieving a high-water mark recently, Muni’s on-time performance rate fell to its lowest level in the past five quarters. For the first quarter of this fiscal year, which covered July through September, Muni’s vehicles arrived as scheduled 72 percent of the time, a drop from the 75 percent recorded two quarters prior. Muni has a mandate to record an 85 percent rate. Read More