A long-awaited plan to improve PG&E’s pipeline safety testing is set to be approved by state regulators Thursday.
The company developed the enhanced safety guidelines after the 2010 pipeline explosion in San Bruno that killed eight residents and destroyed dozens of homes. PG&E’s proposal includes strength testing on 780 miles of pipeline, replacing 185 miles of pipeline segments and automating 228 valves. Recording instruments also would be inserted into an additional 199 miles of pipeline to evaluate performance. Read More
Perhaps not surprisingly, Caltrain’s $1.5 billion plan to transition away from diesel vehicles in favor of electrified tracks has garnered kudos from the Sierra Club.
In spring, local, regional and state transportation agencies jointly approved the electrification plan, which will allow Caltrain to run quicker, more efficient service between San Francisco and San Jose while also cutting down on air and noise pollution. Most crucially, the electrification of Caltrain will allow the state’s high-speed rail network to be integrated into the Peninsula. Read More
There are no more barriers to the Golden Gate Bridge transit district’s moveable median project. Read More
The long-awaited plan to transform a section of Jefferson Street into a pedestrian-friendly thoroughfare is expected to begin next month.
A key segment of Fisherman’s Wharf, Jefferson Street attracts 40,000 to 75,000 pedestrians a day, but its sidewalks are crowded and traffic congestion is often difficult to manage. To deal with the crowds and get the area prepped for next year’s America’s Cup regatta, a redesign is under way to reduce automobile traffic, remove parking spots, widen sidewalks and add greenery to a two-block section from Hyde Street to Jones Street. Read More
With California’s high-speed rail project still expecting to receive tens of billions of dollars in federal funding, a new report from Washington, D.C., highlighted concerns about the plan’s financial assumptions. Read More
With the U.S. surgeon general recently weighing in on the benefits of walking, and Chicago and New York City developing robust safety programs, local activists are wondering why The City is not doing more to bolster its long-awaited pedestrian action plan. Read More
Flocks of migrating birds and their fragile habitats in the South Bay are costing BART nearly $5 million more in its rail extension efforts.
The transit agency’s Warm Springs project crosses through the 450-acre Fremont Central Park, a Bay shore setting that is home to 500 different bird species, all of which are protected by state and federal wildlife agencies. Read More
BART passengers who park at a station could soon have to shell out a little more cash.
Lots at BART stations frequently fill up during the early-morning commute, a situation that has the agency considering an increase in its parking rates. Daily fees at the 32 stations with parking range from free to $5, but most cost just $1.
As part of a proposal under review, prices could increase by 50 cents twice a year wherever demand is high. For now, the agency is considering capping prices at $3, except for West Oakland, where parking is $5. Read More
After two years of ups and downs, The City’s low-income youths and their families and advocates can finally take a deep breath, relax and enjoy the moment.
On Tuesday, the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency’s board of directors accepted $1.6 million in regional grant funding that will clear the way for a 16-month pilot project to provide free Muni service to 40,000 low-income youths. The program is scheduled to begin in March. Read More
Despite lingering concerns from business and church groups, a plan to enforce parking meters on Sundays is set to make its debut next month.
Starting Jan. 6, The City’s 29,233 parking meters will be operational from noon to 6 p.m. on Sundays, providing $1.9 million annually for the perennially cash-strapped San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency. Read More
An odyssey that began more than a year ago could finally be resolved today, when a funding plan could be approved to provide free transit to low-income youths in The City.
In April, the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency’s board of directors, which governs policy for Muni, approved a 22-month pilot project that would give free rides to about 40,000 low-income youths. However, that vote was contingent upon receiving $4 million from regional transit planners the Metropolitan Transportation Commission. In July, the MTC rejected the request. Read More
Automobile and cycling speeds have both decreased and safety has not been a major issue since a controversial bike lane was installed on John F. Kennedy Drive in Golden Gate Park. Still, disability activists continue to oppose the project.
In spring, a 1.5-mile bike lane that separated cyclists and vehicles using parking spaces — the first of its kind here — was installed on the road. The goal was to make the roadway accessible and safe to all users, including pedestrians and cyclists of all abilities. Read More
Agencies eye basing fares on income, not age or disabilityA struggling 19-year-old service worker barely earning enough to make ends meet has to pay $64 for her monthly Muni pass. A wealthy 66-year-old homeowner from Pacific Heights can purchase that same fare for $22.
With debate swirling in recent months over a proposal to provide free Muni service for The City’s low-income youths, a larger regional conversation has begun about the possibility of basing some transit fares on a customer’s ability to pay. Read More
Muni’s list of preferred alternatives for removing its Central Subway tunnel-boring machines in North Beach doesn’t include an option popular with the community and could result in the agency resorting to a method strongly opposed by many locals.
As part of its $1.6 billion expansion project, which will extend underground Metro service from the SoMa District to Chinatown, Muni originally proposed to bring up its tunneling machines on Columbus Avenue, a plan that would result in a lane closure on the busy thoroughfare for most of 2013. Read More
Talks are beginning to start up again over a controversial plan to install 5,000 parking meters in new San Francisco neighborhoods, nearly one year after the proposal was shelved following a harsh community pushback. Read More