After initial reports that work might not be done until the end of this year, crews have now started adding a bike lane to a stretch of Oak Street as part of a project approved last October.
On Thursday, workers began adjusting traffic lanes on Oak Street to allow for the creation of a bike lane on a three-block stretch between Scott and Baker streets, according to Paul Rose, a spokesman for the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency, the project coordinator. Read More
Several portions of legislation passed by voters to give The City more bargaining leverage with Muni operators have been overturned by the California Public Employment Relations Board. 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.
Major corridors such as El Camino Real are set to benefit from transit improvements, as are hubs in Daly City, San Mateo and East Palo Alto. Read More
The plan to add more parking meters to several San Francisco neighborhoods will receive scrutiny today from a Board of Supervisors committee.
The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency, which manages traffic policies in The City, is looking into the possibility of adding more parking meters in neighborhoods that include the Mission District, Potrero Hill and South of Market. The agency originally proposed to add around 5,000 meters to those neighborhoods, but balked on that project after backlash from local residents. Read More
The overextended bike parking facility at Caltrain’s Fourth and King station is poised to receive an array of improvements, including new security features and expansion work that will nearly double the capacity at the site.
The storage facility at the Caltrain station, which offers valet parking services, is outfitted to hold 100 bikes. But the popular center regularly exceeds that number on busy weekdays. Read More
BART’s hiring of an outside consultant for nearly $400,000 to lead its latest set of contract negotiations has its two biggest unions decrying the move as being disruptive and carried out in bad faith.
In October, BART approved a $99,000 pact with Thomas Hock of Veolia Transportation Services to engage in labor talks with its five unions, whose contracts are set to expire June 30. The contract was just below the $100,000 threshold that would have required approval by the BART board of directors. Read More
A revamped Polk Street proposal that would include safety upgrades at intersections but few improvements for cyclists has garnered support from residents and merchants.
The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency, which manages traffic policies, outraged merchants along the bustling corridor this year by proposing to reduce parking in favor of more access for cyclists. Following the backlash, the agency came back with six new options — three each for portions of Polk Street north and south of Geary Street. Read More
A new San Francisco startup is aiming to find a use for Muni’s decommissioned buses while also helping to address The City’s chronic homelessness.
Lava Mae, founded by entrepreneur Doniece Sandoval, proposes to transform old Muni buses into mobile showers and toilets for use by homeless residents.
Every BART police officer will be outfitted with a portable video camera, unruly passengers could face bans from district property and station agent booths might be redesigned as part of the transit agency’s new strategy for improving safety conditions for workers and customers. Read More
Transportation officials said Wednesday that it is still too early to determine if a batch of broken bolts on the new Bay Bridge eastern span will prevent the planned Labor Day opening, since major answers about the repairs are still two weeks away.
In March, inspectors discovered more than 30 broken steel rods — which bolt the bridge’s deck to its tower piers for seismic safety — on the new eastern span. Originally, officials said the problem would not interfere with the planned opening of the span, but they backed off that assertion earlier this month. Read More
In an effort to increase privacy measures, the duration for which regional officials can keep personal information obtained by the Clipper card is set to be reduced.
Currently, the Metropolitan Transportation Commission, which oversees the universal transit payment system, can retain personal travel data for up to seven years for cards that are registered. Read More
BART will review its safety protocols and announce new initiatives to protect passengers and employees — measures that take on new significance in the wake of last week’s bombing attack in Boston and a thwarted railway attack in Canada.
At the Thursday board of directors meeting, BART officials will discuss new communication strategies, upcoming training programs and efforts to improve relationships with other agencies. All of the proposals are aimed at improving safety conditions for workers and passengers, with specifics to be discussed in more detail at the meeting. Read More
Labeling a band an institution — implying it is past its prime — is a dangerous game. But if any group is capable of wearing the tag without insult, it’s Built to Spill, playing a two-night stint at Slim’s this weekend.
Led by chief songwriter Doug Martsch, the Boise, Idaho, group’s devotion to all things guitar — from fuzzy, distorted riffs to angular and precise compositions — has created the template for indie rockers of the past two decades and is embraced by new groups such as California X and Cymbals Eat Guitars. Read More
Despite its deceptively low-key title, Muni Contract 1300 will cover construction of the vast majority of the agency’s Central Subway project, including three stations, the trackway and a train-control system.
It’s also about $100 million more expensive than originally anticipated.
That overrun will eat up about half of the contingency funds available for the project, which will extend the T-Third Street light-rail line 1.7 miles from South of Market to Chinatown. Read More
The first day of work furloughs for air traffic controllers passed without incident at San Francisco International Airport, as no delays were reported at the hub Monday.
As part of a series of spending cuts enacted earlier this year due to gridlock in Washington, D.C., the Federal Aviation Administration announced mandatory days off for airline workers across the nation beginning Sunday.
Although other airports — particularly on the East Coast — suffered delays due to the work reduction, SFO did not experience any notable setbacks, according to spokesman Doug Yakel. Read More