Cleaner train cars, fewer transients sleeping in stations and more investment in an overworked maintenance yard are all part of BART’s proposed budget for the upcoming fiscal year.
For the first time, BART is combining its capital budget, which covers long-term improvement projects, with its operating budget, which details day-to-day expenses. The $1.6 billion plan is projected to be balanced for the 2014 fiscal year, which begins July 1. Read More
Bikes could be allowed on BART trains at all times of the day — minus a few restrictions — as part of an initiative that will be voted on by the agency’s board of directors later this month.
Under the current policy, bikes are banned from certain trains during peak travel times, a measure aimed at easing overcrowding. However, after two recent pilot projects during which those restrictions were relaxed, BART is now considering a permanent change. Read More
For Muni to be a reliable transit system consistently used by commuters, travel times need to be significantly reduced -- a point emphasized by the agency’s executive director.
Detailing the cure is the easy part; figuring out how to accomplish that task is something else. Read More
Fewer passengers oppose the presence of bikes on BART, according to feedback collected by the transit agency.
The survey followed BART’s latest experiment with allowing bicycles aboard trains during commute hours.
Normally, bikes are barred from certain trains during peak travel times due to issues with overcrowding. For a one-week span in March, however, restrictions were eased to allow cyclists on board during all times of service, except in the first train car. Read More
Greater frequency on busy lines, elimination or reduction of routes with low ridership and new vehicle models in outlying areas are all part of a major service overhaul approved by SamTrans this week.
Fleshed out over a two-year outreach period, the new service realignment approved by SamTrans’ board of directors Wednesday aims to increase ridership and make service more financially efficient for the San Mateo County bus operator. Read More
In the wake of last week’s deadly Boston Marathon bombings, local law enforcement is on high alert for suspicious behavior — and it’s getting help from the public.
The San Francisco Police Department is taking every precaution to protect city streets from potential terrorist threats, and its best tool might be the eyes and ears of the people it’s watching over. Read More
Tunnel-boring machines for Muni’s Central Subway project are set to arrive in San Francisco this week, with digging expected to begin in June. Read More
Clearer protocols for exiting buses, different seat colors for disabled passengers, anti-graffiti material on ceilings and new floors are all features of the 80 recently rehabbed Muni buses set to hit the streets next week. Read More
For the first time, BART has combined its operating and capital programs into one budget document as a means to better illustrate the agency’s fiscal standing.
The operating budget, which covers day-to-day needs, has produced surpluses in recent years, a far cry from the financial straits facing other local transit systems. However, BART’s capital budget, which covers long-term projects, has a $6 billion shortfall over the next decade. Read More
Potential cost overruns have surfaced less than two months after Muni’s Central Subway extraction project in North Beach was approved, although the agency expressed confidence it would be able to stay on budget. Read More