Transit

Many San Francisco residents expressed support in a survey for the idea of integrating BART and Caltrain, the Bay Area’s two regional commuter rail systems. (Shutterstock)

Survey suggests merger of BART and Caltrain could be popular

Bay Area commuter rail systems have been hit hard by loss of riders during pandemic

Many San Francisco residents expressed support in a survey for the idea of integrating BART and Caltrain, the Bay Area’s two regional commuter rail systems. (Shutterstock)
An expanded, permanent Shared Spaces program allowing businesses to open outdoor seating in public areas could help the economy, but cost The City millions in parking revenue and other expenses. <ins>(Jordi Molina/ Special to S.F. Examiner)</ins>

Shared Spaces could cost cash-strapped SFMTA more than $10M a year

Program intended to boost small business could come at a cost for struggling city transit agency

An expanded, permanent Shared Spaces program allowing businesses to open outdoor seating in public areas could help the economy, but cost The City millions in parking revenue and other expenses. <ins>(Jordi Molina/ Special to S.F. Examiner)</ins>
Vehicles pass through the intersection of Park Presidio and Geary boulevards on Tuesday afternoon, April 20, 2021, San Francisco, Calif. (Photo by Ekevara Kitpowsong/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Man killed by hit-and-run driver at Geary Boulevard and Park Presidio

A driver struck and killed a pedestrian in the Richmond Distrit before…

Vehicles pass through the intersection of Park Presidio and Geary boulevards on Tuesday afternoon, April 20, 2021, San Francisco, Calif. (Photo by Ekevara Kitpowsong/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Red concrete lanes along Van Ness Avenue are part of a long-anticipated Bus Rapid Transit project intended to speed up travel times and increase reliability. <ins>(Jordi Molina/Special to S.F. Examiner)</ins>

Van Ness Avenue BRT to finally begin service early next year

SFMTA say ‘the end is in sight’ on lengthy construction project

Red concrete lanes along Van Ness Avenue are part of a long-anticipated Bus Rapid Transit project intended to speed up travel times and increase reliability. <ins>(Jordi Molina/Special to S.F. Examiner)</ins>
A BART memo proposes spending nearly $10 million for enhanced cleaning in the system’s cars and restrooms.<ins>	(Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)</ins>

BART to emphasize increased service and cleaning in next fiscal year’s budget

Agency’s future could depend on getting riders back on the train

A BART memo proposes spending nearly $10 million for enhanced cleaning in the system’s cars and restrooms.<ins>	(Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)</ins>
Temporary high-occupancy vehicle lanes will be added to sections of state Highway 1 and U.S. Highway 101, including Park Presidio Boulevard, to keep traffic flowing as The City reopens. <ins>(Ekevara Kitpowsong/Special to S.F. Examiner)</ins>

Transit and high-occupancy vehicle lanes coming to some of The City’s busiest streets

Changes intended to improve transit reliability as traffic increases with reopening

Temporary high-occupancy vehicle lanes will be added to sections of state Highway 1 and U.S. Highway 101, including Park Presidio Boulevard, to keep traffic flowing as The City reopens. <ins>(Ekevara Kitpowsong/Special to S.F. Examiner)</ins>
A construction worker rides on top of materials being transported out of the Twin Peaks Tunnel as work continues at West Portal Station on Thursday, August 16, 2018. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

SFMTA’s poor track record on capital projects risks losing ‘public trust’

Supervisors say cost overruns and delays could jeapordize future ballot revenue measures

A construction worker rides on top of materials being transported out of the Twin Peaks Tunnel as work continues at West Portal Station on Thursday, August 16, 2018. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
Dr. Stephen Gamboa, pictured with his family, says keeping John F. Kennedy Drive in Golden Gate Park car-free is crucial for public health. (Courtesy photo)

Safe streets have emptied my emergency department — we should keep them

By Dr. Stephen Gamboa I was at my church picnic in Golden…

Dr. Stephen Gamboa, pictured with his family, says keeping John F. Kennedy Drive in Golden Gate Park car-free is crucial for public health. (Courtesy photo)
Roger Marenco, president of operators union TWU Local 250-A, speaks at a news conference outside the Muni Kirkland Yard announcing Muni will not be increasing fares on Wednesday, June 10, 2020. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

SFMTA’s union leader encourages riders to say ‘thank you’ to their Muni operators

A conversation with Roger Marenco, president of Transport Workers Union of America, Local 250A

Roger Marenco, president of operators union TWU Local 250-A, speaks at a news conference outside the Muni Kirkland Yard announcing Muni will not be increasing fares on Wednesday, June 10, 2020. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
Muni’s K-Ingleside line will return six months earlier than previously announced. <ins>(Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)</ins>

K-Ingleside train to return on May 15

Announcement comes on the heels of pressure from Supervisor Myrna Melgar

Muni’s K-Ingleside line will return six months earlier than previously announced. <ins>(Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)</ins>
Passengers ride the 49-Van Ness Muni bus on Friday, March 12, 2021. (Jordi Molina/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Supervisors Preston and Haney to introduce legislation to pilot Free Muni

Legislation calls for board to fund three-month program to offset fare revenue loss

Passengers ride the 49-Van Ness Muni bus on Friday, March 12, 2021. (Jordi Molina/Special to S.F. Examiner)
The City has struggled to conduct outreach in some neighborhoods as it works to expand Slow Streets — such as this section of Page Street in the Lower Haight — to underserved neighborhoods. <ins>(Jordi Molina/Special to S.F. Examiner)</ins>

SFMTA approves new slow streets in ‘underserved’ areas but struggles with outreach

The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency Board of Directors approved a new…

The City has struggled to conduct outreach in some neighborhoods as it works to expand Slow Streets — such as this section of Page Street in the Lower Haight — to underserved neighborhoods. <ins>(Jordi Molina/Special to S.F. Examiner)</ins>
Police lights (Courtesy photo)

A dangerous, deadly 24 hours on San Francisco streets

Three vehicle collisions kill one person, leave another two with life-threatening injuries

Police lights (Courtesy photo)
BART passengers may see more frequent service by this fall. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

BART service increases possible as soon as September

Proposal would double weekday, daytime trains and extend system operating hours

BART passengers may see more frequent service by this fall. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
A Muni bus driver looks in the mirror as passengers board along Market Street on Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2020. (Samantha Laurey/ Special to S.F. Examiner)

Violence against Asian and Pacific Islander Muni riders and operators increases

SFMTA launches educational campaign and beefs up security on vehicles

A Muni bus driver looks in the mirror as passengers board along Market Street on Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2020. (Samantha Laurey/ Special to S.F. Examiner)
(Examiner file photo)

Scaled-back Sunday Streets to return this month

Events seek to welcome visitors and create more open space in communities hardest hit by pandemic

(Examiner file photo)
Increased BART service, including a new South Bay connection, could be in the works under President Biden’s proposal.<ins></ins>

Bay Area transit poised to benefit from Biden infrastructure bill

Capital projects could come ‘off the shelf’ with federal funding

Increased BART service, including a new South Bay connection, could be in the works under President Biden’s proposal.<ins></ins>
BART board director Lateefah Simon speaks at a news conference for BART’s anti-sexual harassment Not One More Girl campaign at West Oakland BART station on Friday, April 2, 2021. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

BART launches campaign against gender-based violence

#NotOneMoreGirl seeks to combat sexual harassment on public transit

BART board director Lateefah Simon speaks at a news conference for BART’s anti-sexual harassment Not One More Girl campaign at West Oakland BART station on Friday, April 2, 2021. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
Karl Aguilar, a partner at Papenhausen Hardware in West Portal, says business is down, and it could be because Muni trains have stopped running in the area. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

Without Muni Metro, businesses uncertain about future

Some merchants blame sales losses on lack of train service

Karl Aguilar, a partner at Papenhausen Hardware in West Portal, says business is down, and it could be because Muni trains have stopped running in the area. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
A cyclist rides near multiple Muni buses along Market Street on Friday, Jan. 15, 2021. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

Collision along Market Street injures five, including police officer

Five people, including a San Francisco police officer, were hospitalized following a…

A cyclist rides near multiple Muni buses along Market Street on Friday, Jan. 15, 2021. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)