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Archive for September, 2009

Death on the highways: Texting, twittering and calling

The evidence keeps piling up  – along with dead and mangled bodies – that use of electronic communications devices while driving is taking a heavy toll. But it’s not like Americans are going to go back to the days of pulling off the road to make calls from a phone booth.

So what are the best actions for drivers and lawmakers to take to minimize the carnage from use of cell phone calls, texts and tweets on the highways?  Read the rest of this entry »

Posted on Saturday, September 26th, 2009
Under: Buses, driving, hands-free driving, Safety, trucks | No Comments »

Want bike-friendly cities? Ask European visitors for ideas

Ever wonder what Europeans can teach us about creating bike-friendly cities? A delegation of European transportation experts are checking out the Bay Area cycling scene, and then sharing their ideas in public forums in Oakland Monday and San Francisco Tuesday.

Now America has Lance Armstrong, but the European cities seems to be light years ahead of ours in providing safe, connected trails and routes to get around on bicycles. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted on Friday, September 25th, 2009
Under: Misc. Transportation | No Comments »

BART must wait for bill to create citizen review of its police

BART  must wait for state lawmakers’ approval  for setting up a program for citizen review of the BART police force.

Before the Legislature adjourned last weekend, its leaders decided not to attempt a rush job to approve a bill that BART needs to carry ahead with its plan to hire an auditor and appoint a citizens board to monitor transit police. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted on Tuesday, September 15th, 2009
Under: BART | No Comments »

Wait announced for Caldecott Tunnel contract

The opening of bids to add a fourth bore to the Caldecott Tunnel has been delayed from last Friday to Sept. 29, Caltrans reports.

The postponement was sought by bidders who wanted more time to study addendums to the contract specifications. Caltrans figured the extra 18 days would give contractors more time to understand the details of the big digging job and possibly submit lower bids, according to a spokesman for the agency. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted on Monday, September 14th, 2009
Under: driving | No Comments »

No huge BART crowds on bridge-closed, bridge-open day

BART officials were thinking that Tuesday might attract the largest crowds ever to the train system because Caltrans had announced plans late Monday to extend the Bay Bridge closure by one day until 5 a.m. Wednesday.

It never happened, though. Of course, the extended bridge closure didn’t last long either. Caltrans opened the Bay Bridge 7 a.m. Tuesday after crews finished bridge repairs earlier than expected. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted on Wednesday, September 9th, 2009
Under: BART, Bay Bridge | No Comments »

Paddle kayak or Web surf? Best way to view Bay Bridge work

Photo of new Bay Bridge eastern span under construction by Flickr user ToastyKen used under Creative Commons attribution license.

It’s the best show in town this Labor Day weekend, but the replacement of a 300-foot-long section of the Bay Bridge above Yerba Buena Island is very hard to see in person unless you’re a contractor, transportation dignitary, or working member of the media. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted on Friday, September 4th, 2009
Under: Bay Bridge, Bridges, Caltrans, Misc. Transportation | No Comments »

Coping without Bay Bridge for four days

How will you change your travel plans when the Bay Bridge is closed for four days, starting 8 p.m. Thursday? We at the Capricious Commuter invite you to drop us a line.

Tell us about your advance plans and then tell us how it actually turns out over the long weekend. With our common dependence on bridges in the Bay Area, it’s a big deal – practically and psychologically – when our busiest bridge has a 300-foot-long  gap sliced open and a giant filling rolled in to replace it and create a new bridge detour. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted on Wednesday, September 2nd, 2009
Under: BART, Bay Bridge, Bridges, driving | No Comments »