Transit

President Donald Trump and Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden have taken different approaches to transit and infrastructure funding. <ins>(Yuri Gripas/Abaca Press/TNS)</ins>

Bay Area transit has big hopes for a Biden administration

The best chance for local agencies to get relief may be a change in federal leadership

President Donald Trump and Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden have taken different approaches to transit and infrastructure funding. <ins>(Yuri Gripas/Abaca Press/TNS)</ins>
BART Ambassadors are being called on to assist riders in social situations that don’t require police force. <ins>(Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)</ins>

Unarmed BART ambassadors program formalized with a focus on community service

Public safety and police reform are key elements in campaigns of Board members Dufty and Simon

BART Ambassadors are being called on to assist riders in social situations that don’t require police force. <ins>(Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)</ins>
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Worst case scenario for BART budget could include severe service and staffing cuts

But rail agency will first try 7-Point Plan to mitigate financial shortfalls

(Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
San Francisco has failed to reduce traffic deaths enough to meet its Vision Zero goal. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

San Francisco not on track to meet Vision Zero goals by 2024

Hamstrung by state laws, dwindling budget and limited resources, SFMTA tries to chart path forward

San Francisco has failed to reduce traffic deaths enough to meet its Vision Zero goal. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
City officials want to install more red light cameras but the process is costly and time consuming. (Shutterstock)

Transit officials push for more red light cameras

SFMTA says ‘capital crunch’ and dragging timelines make expanding the program cumbersome

City officials want to install more red light cameras but the process is costly and time consuming. (Shutterstock)
A regional proposal calling for people to work from home could have negative effect on downtown San Francisco and San Jose, according mayors of those cities. <ins>(Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)</ins>

Mayor London Breed: We ‘cannot support’ MTC telecommute mandate

Proposal to require more employees to work from home could harm downtown and low-wage workers

A regional proposal calling for people to work from home could have negative effect on downtown San Francisco and San Jose, according mayors of those cities. <ins>(Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)</ins>
The de Young Museum has argued that it needs more vehicle access to accommodate visitors who cannot travel by foot or on bike. <ins>(Samantha Laurey/Special to S.F Examiner)</ins>

As museums re-open, cars return to the Music Concourse

City tries to find middle ground, while institutions ask for more vehicle access

The de Young Museum has argued that it needs more vehicle access to accommodate visitors who cannot travel by foot or on bike. <ins>(Samantha Laurey/Special to S.F Examiner)</ins>
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Mission Street gets a new paint job

Temporary transit-only lanes are complete. Will faster, less crowded Muni service follow?

(Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
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Without more federal aid, SFMTA may start dipping into ‘rainy day’ reserves

Financial forecast bleak, with a $32 million operating budget deficit expected this fiscal year

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Cyclists ride along at Middle Drive and Metson Road, which will soon be closed to vehicles as part of a new Slow Streets section in Golden Gate Park on Friday, Sept. 18, 2020. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

All approved Slow Streets to be completed by October’s end

SFMTA restarts implementation following denial of CEQA appeals

Cyclists ride along at Middle Drive and Metson Road, which will soon be closed to vehicles as part of a new Slow Streets section in Golden Gate Park on Friday, Sept. 18, 2020. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
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Alameda Co. DA to reopen Oscar Grant death investigation

By Eli Walsh Bay City News Foundation Alameda County District Attorney Nancy…

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Manny Yekutiel, left, owner of Manny’s, helps a customer in January of 2019. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

Mayor nominates Manny Yekutiel to SFMTA Board

Cafe owner expected to bring small business perspective to transit agency

Manny Yekutiel, left, owner of Manny’s, helps a customer in January of 2019. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
Caltrain’s financial future heavily dependent on federal funding and sales tax ballot measure

Caltrain’s financial future heavily dependent on federal funding and sales tax ballot measure

Ridership return for Peninsula rail agency slower than anticipated

Caltrain’s financial future heavily dependent on federal funding and sales tax ballot measure
Appeals of emergency projects including Slow Streets were denied by the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

After weeks of delay, SFMTA emergency response projects can continue

Board of Supervisors denies five appeals against CEQA exemptions

Appeals of emergency projects including Slow Streets were denied by the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
Muni fare inspectors, shown here in 2019 and out of action since the pandemic began, are coming back, with a focus on high ridership lines. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

Fare inspectors returning to Muni with new uniform, different approach

Absent thus far during the pandemic, Muni fare operators will be back…

Muni fare inspectors, shown here in 2019 and out of action since the pandemic began, are coming back, with a focus on high ridership lines. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
A bill signed into law by Gov. Gavin Newsom Monday will make it easier to win approval for projects such as protected bike lanes, pedestrian safety improvements and light rail and bus lanes. (Jessica Christian/S.F. Examiner)

New law makes sustainable transit easier, faster and cheaper to implement

SB 288 will add a number of climate-friendly infrastructure projects to CEQA exemption list

A bill signed into law by Gov. Gavin Newsom Monday will make it easier to win approval for projects such as protected bike lanes, pedestrian safety improvements and light rail and bus lanes. (Jessica Christian/S.F. Examiner)
Despite coronavirus, BART ends FY20 with a surplus

Despite coronavirus, BART ends FY20 with a surplus

Rail agency also set aside $65 million in reserves to help offset this year’s budget

Despite coronavirus, BART ends FY20 with a surplus
Buses on Geary Boulevard, The City’s busiest transit corridor, have remained full during shelter-in-place. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

Emergency transit-only lanes on Geary could help ease crowding on buses

SFMTA proposal intended to help commuting essential workers

Buses on Geary Boulevard, The City’s busiest transit corridor, have remained full during shelter-in-place. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
The COVID-19 pandemic has made working for Muni more stressful and dangerous. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

SFMTA cuts wellness program for Muni operators during pandemic

BackFirst provided preventative care for chronic disease plus help with diet, exercise and stress

The COVID-19 pandemic has made working for Muni more stressful and dangerous. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
From the Panhandle to Ocean Beach on car-free roads

From the Panhandle to Ocean Beach on car-free roads

New Golden Gate Park road closures create more space for people

From the Panhandle to Ocean Beach on car-free roads