It looks like it may be more than just new tolls contributing to the decline of Bay Area carpoolers.The number of multiperson vehicles crossing the Bay Bridge dropped almost 8 percent between the 2009 and 2010 fiscal years, a decrease that was more than twice as much as overall drop in bridge traffic. That drop-off does not factor in a new $2.50 toll that has caused carpooling numbers to further plummet. Read More
SamTrans officials quietly launched the Clipper card this week, giving commuters who use multiple forms of a transit a new option.
All San Mateo County Transit District buses were set to start accepting the card — which allows riders to access at least seven public transit services across the Bay Area — on Wednesday, district spokeswoman Christine Dunn said.
“We’re doing a soft launch,” Dunn said. “Which means we will be accepting Clipper on all of our buses, but we’re going under the radar so far.” Read More
One man is struggling for his life after his car veered off Juniper Serra Boulevard early Tuesday morning and struck a tree.The man had to be extricated from his 2003 Honda sedan by the San Francisco Fire Department, San Francisco Police Officer Albie Esparza said. He remains in the hospital with life-threatening injuries. Read More
Inclement weather in the Bay Area and other parts of the country is causing flight delays at local airports Tuesday.San Francisco International Airport has a ground delay program in effect for arriving flights. Many arrivals were behind schedule by more than an hour early Tuesday morning, but delays had dropped to an average of 40 minutes by 11 a.m., airport duty manager Charles Navigante said.Stormy weather elsewhere in the country, such as in Chicago and Newark, N.J., is also affecting departure times from San Francisco, Navigante said. Read More
Three people were injured in a crash on San Francisco’s Junipero Serra Boulevard early Tuesday morning, a police spokesman said.The two-car crash was reported at about 5:20 a.m. on southbound Junipero Serra Boulevard just south of 19th Avenue, near Interstate Highway 280, San Francisco police Lt. Troy Dangerfield said.The cars involved, a 1996 GMC and 2003 Honda, somehow sideswiped one another, and both vehicles went off the roadway. One vehicle hit a tree and the other went down an embankment, Dangerfield said. Read More
Frank Sieple pushed his 6-year-old twin sons up and down the corridor of Terminal 1 at SFO in a baggage cart for five hours Monday, hoping to catch a flight to Long Beach.The trio were scheduled to leave San Francisco International Airport at 10 a.m. to board a five-day Mexican Riviera cruise for Christmas, but weather-related delays hampered their plans and those of thousands of others hoping to travel for the holiday. Read More
The financial plan to pay for the Doyle Drive rebuild has come under criticism from a state agency.
The roadway, which is a key artery to the Golden Gate Bridge, is being rebuilt and funded through a private consortium of investors and construction firms that will be responsible for the $488 million second phase of the project. Read More
Mandatory 15 mph speed limits near all school zones, increased investment on injury prediction models, and focused enforcement efforts in dangerous areas are all part of a new initiative aimed at reducing serious and fatal pedestrian injuries in San Francisco by 25 percent during the next five years.On average, 22 pedestrians are killed each year in San Francisco and 800 are injured, a rate that means over two walkers are hurt every day on city streets. Almost 50 percent of all traffic deaths in San Francisco are pedestrians, which is more than four times the national average. Read More
BART trains are expected to resume regular service Monday morning after crews worked overnight to repair an electrical problem that crippled the transit system Sunday, a spokesman said.Workers spent the night and early morning in BART’s Transbay Tube where a power loss at around 1:50 p.m. prompted officials to shut off all power to a set of tracks used by East Bay-bound trains for the rest of the day. Read More
Mechanical problems are causing Caltrain delays in both directions Monday morning, a Caltrain spokeswoman said. The problems have prompted the cancellation of southbound train No. 210 at the Menlo Park station. Riders on that train were able to board southbound train No. 216, which is 10 minutes late.Two other southbound trains and one northbound train are behind schedule by up to 15 minutes, Caltrain spokeswoman Christine Dunn said. Read More