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Stories about delays in the Central Subway project piqued the interest of readers in 2019. Here, new interim project manager, Nadeen Dahir, and director of sustainable streets, Tom Maguire, answer questions about the $1.6 billion project. (Lola Chase/Special to S.F. Examiner)

The top 10 best read SF transit stories of 2019

Here are the top 10 most-read transit stories from the San Francisco Examiner in 2019

Stories about delays in the Central Subway project piqued the interest of readers in 2019. Here, new interim project manager, Nadeen Dahir, and director of sustainable streets, Tom Maguire, answer questions about the $1.6 billion project. (Lola Chase/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Earlier this month, Supervisor Gordon Mar introduced a resolution opposing legislation to increase housing density in areas near transit hubs. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

Transit group walks back its comments opposing transit housing bill

That clap-back also may have earned the group the ire of its own members

Earlier this month, Supervisor Gordon Mar introduced a resolution opposing legislation to increase housing density in areas near transit hubs. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
100 years ago an engineer unlocked the Golden Gate Bridge’s beauty. Years later, his career ended in shame.

100 years ago an engineer unlocked the Golden Gate Bridge’s beauty. Years later, his career ended in shame.

Seemingly hyperbolic — yet, actually wholly accurate — words are often used to describe the Golden Gate Bridge, the landmark that defines the City by the Bay.

100 years ago an engineer unlocked the Golden Gate Bridge’s beauty. Years later, his career ended in shame.
Holiday decorations ‘ruled out’ as cause of Richmond District fire

Holiday decorations ‘ruled out’ as cause of Richmond District fire

While the cause of a Richmond District fire that killed a man…

Holiday decorations ‘ruled out’ as cause of Richmond District fire
Muni buses make for dangerous obstacles in the 1997 racing video game San Francisco Rush: Extreme Racing. (Courtesy/Atari)

Buses, trains and (lots of) cable cars: A look at SF Muni vehicles in video games

San Franciscans have shown their frustration with, and love for, Muni in…

Muni buses make for dangerous obstacles in the 1997 racing video game San Francisco Rush: Extreme Racing. (Courtesy/Atari)
Progressive supervisors call for SF planning commissioner to resign

Progressive supervisors call for SF planning commissioner to resign

UPDATE Dec. 24, 2019: Since this column published Monday night, Supervisor Hillary…

Progressive supervisors call for SF planning commissioner to resign
Fire personnel respond to a two-alarm fire on Cabrillo Street in the Richmond District. Photo courtesy Patrick Traughber                                 Fire personnel respond to a two-alarm fire on Cabrillo Street in the Richmond District. (Photo courtesy Patrick Traughber)

One dead in two-alarm Richmond District fire

A man pulled from a burning building in the Richmond District died…

Fire personnel respond to a two-alarm fire on Cabrillo Street in the Richmond District. Photo courtesy Patrick Traughber                                 Fire personnel respond to a two-alarm fire on Cabrillo Street in the Richmond District. (Photo courtesy Patrick Traughber)
Scooter companies are expanding cash payment options by partnering with stores including CVS Pharmacy and 7-Eleven. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

SF e-scooter companies move to accept the good green

Cash payment options becoming more common in The City

Scooter companies are expanding cash payment options by partnering with stores including CVS Pharmacy and 7-Eleven. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
Lyft said only 145 people signed up for its low-income Bikeshare for All program by paying cash. Advocates have noted that the option was available at only one location, making it inconvenient.

Lyft may not end cash on bikeshare after all

Last week Lyft announced it would no longer take cash for its…

Lyft said only 145 people signed up for its low-income Bikeshare for All program by paying cash. Advocates have noted that the option was available at only one location, making it inconvenient.
Erin Smith is the newest candidate for state senate representing San Francisco to emerge. (Courtesy photo)

This rifle-toting Republican is gunning for Scott Wiener’s state senate seat

Hot on the heels of a challenger to incumbent State Senator Scott…

Erin Smith is the newest candidate for state senate representing San Francisco to emerge. (Courtesy photo)
Planning commissioner faces potential consequences after public dispute with DBI

Planning commissioner faces potential consequences after public dispute with DBI

Board of Supervisors president fears City Hall fight creates ‘perception of conflict’

Planning commissioner faces potential consequences after public dispute with DBI
(Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

SF e-scooter fleets allowed to expand

The City is allowing e-scooter companies to release more vehicles on to…

(Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
Two cyclists ride past a delivery truck double-parked in an unprotected bike lane along Valencia Street in the Mission District on Friday, Dec. 13, 2019. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

Increased enforcement drives up citations for Valencia bike lane violations

If you ticket, they will come. The City increased traffic cops along…

Two cyclists ride past a delivery truck double-parked in an unprotected bike lane along Valencia Street in the Mission District on Friday, Dec. 13, 2019. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
Lyft announced this week that its Baywheels bikeshare program will no longer accept cash. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

City could try to stop Lyft from dropping cash payments for bikeshare

A city supervisor hopes to force Lyft to keep accepting cash for…

Lyft announced this week that its Baywheels bikeshare program will no longer accept cash. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
Muni is set to run one-car trains instead of two-car trains following the discovery of an engineering defect on their new trains.

Vital link between two Muni train cars ‘failed’ while carrying passengers

A Muni train carrying passengers suffered a mechanical failure causing two rail cars to reportedly loosen and bump into each other

Muni is set to run one-car trains instead of two-car trains following the discovery of an engineering defect on their new trains.
It’s official: SF e-scooter company workers vote to unionize, a first

It’s official: SF e-scooter company workers vote to unionize, a first

San Francisco e-scooter company Spin may be the first in the nation…

It’s official: SF e-scooter company workers vote to unionize, a first
Train 2068 is the last of Muni’s 68 new light rail vehicles from its previous purchase, and is undergoing testing in December. (Joe Fitzgerald Rodriguez/S.F. Examiner)

Muni lobbies for funding to buy more trains after fixing problems with first batch

Muni’s $1.1 billion new train fleet debuted with multiple problems — but…

Train 2068 is the last of Muni’s 68 new light rail vehicles from its previous purchase, and is undergoing testing in December. (Joe Fitzgerald Rodriguez/S.F. Examiner)
(Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)                                A new Bay Wheels e-bike from Lyft stands at Daggett Plaza on 16th Street on Monday, June 10, 2019. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

Lyft to stop accepting cash for Bay Wheels bike rentals

Renting bikeshare in San Francisco will soon only be possible by phone,…

(Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)                                A new Bay Wheels e-bike from Lyft stands at Daggett Plaza on 16th Street on Monday, June 10, 2019. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
Interim District Attorney Suzy Loftus, Supervisor Rafael Mandelman, Public Defender Mano Raju and Supervisor Vallie Brown are among the prominent names running for a seat on the Democratic County Central Committee. (Examiner file photos)

Big name officials crowd race for tiny Democratic Party board

The San Francisco Democratic Party campaign clown car is rollin’ once again.…

Interim District Attorney Suzy Loftus, Supervisor Rafael Mandelman, Public Defender Mano Raju and Supervisor Vallie Brown are among the prominent names running for a seat on the Democratic County Central Committee. (Examiner file photos)
Legal challenge halts SFPD jurisdiction over dog attacks on federal land

Legal challenge halts SFPD jurisdiction over dog attacks on federal land

Dog owners beware — canine attacks are now consequence-free on federal land…

Legal challenge halts SFPD jurisdiction over dog attacks on federal land