BART General Manager Dorothy Dugger, presiding over an agency that has a budget surplus of $10 million to $28 million, has announced her resignation, with her last day scheduled for April 22.
Dugger will be paid $958,000 to buy out her contract. Read More
BART service was back to normal by 12:30 a.m. this morning after a train struck a person in Oakland Tuesday night, which temporarily closed a station and led to delayed train service, a BART spokesman said.
The operator of the Pittsburg/Bay Point bound train reported hitting someone shortly after 10 p.m. as it entered the Rockridge station, spokesman Jim Allison said. Read More
Every motorist in San Francisco has some story to tell about being unjustly ticketed by The City’s parking control officers, with tales frequently ending in feelings of helplessness, anger, and frustration.
Cory Logan has similar stories of parking woes, but instead of blathering to his buddies about them, he has set up a website to track and record instances of unjustified traffic citations in San Francisco. Read More
Bicycling down Middlefield Road in unincorporated North Fair Oaks can be a white-knuckle journey, as cyclists weave between speeding SUVs and parked cars crowded in front of shops and taquerias. Read More
In Tuesday’s San Francisco Examiner, Jonathan Last’s op-ed about induced traffic demand begins with a clear description of how a new lane or widened sector of freeway can lead to more regional traffic by causing more people to drive more often. For example, if my elderly aunt lives 40 miles away via a congested freeway I might visit her twice a year. But if the freeway is widened, thereby cutting the trip time in half, I might visit her four or five times a year. Read More
Like many sects, traffic planners have their dogmata. One of their doctrines is that adding capacity to highways is futile because it merely creates more traffic. This phenomenon is called “induced demand,” or, more colloquially, “if you build it, they will come.” The theory is simple: Traffic systems that suffer from congestion have latent demand — that is, a universe of drivers who would use the freeway, but don’t, because of the traffic. Read More
Gas prices in San Francisco have risen by more than 25 cents in the past month, and ongoing unrest in the Middle East is likely to drive those costs higher. But area motorists say the prices would have to really soar before they would consider ditching their vehicles. Read More
When a major crash shuts down U.S. Highway 101 in San Mateo County, it doesn’t take long for the traffic mess to spread to local roads. Desperate for an alternate way to get home, motorists take to city streets, which quickly become just as chaotic as the gridlocked freeway. Read More
San Francisco entrepreneur Sean Shakirov just launched a personal chauffeur service called My Shofer in the Bay Area. Read More
If a motto summed up the Obama presidency, it might be, “Life is short. Eat dessert first.” His policies are all about self-indulgence in the present, to be paid for with either long-run economic decline, or painful sacrifices by future generations. Read More