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Archive for February, 2010

Bike racks to ease “bumping” of bus riders

 Bicyclists who want to board an AC Transit bus are shut out sometimes because the racks mounted on buses only carry two bikes. If you’re the third cyclist trying to board a bus, you’re out of luck.

AC Transit is providing relief: a new type of bike rack with room to fit three bicycles. It took a change in state law to make the new rack possible.

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Posted on Sunday, February 28th, 2010
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What is justice for cyclist killed by motorist who lost control of her car?

Contra Costa County prosecutors have filed vehicular manslaughter and gross negligence charges against a  Danville woman  who  lost control of her car, running over and killing a Walnut Creek bicyclist on Camino Tassajara, a road with fast-moving traffic east of San Ramon.

To be sure, it’s a sad case about a scary accident that underscores the danger of bicyclists and cars using the same roads where autos travels at high speed.  Read reporter Malaika Fraley’s account of  how the widow of  John Greaves, the killed cyclist, is pushing for tough penalties for the auto driver, who was running late to a banquet when the crash occurred June 26. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted on Saturday, February 27th, 2010
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Is a deal near for stable transit funding?

California lawmakers may be close to a deal on providing more stable funding for public transit operators buffeted by state raids on transit funds.

 Not all transit officials, however, are sure the deal is good for public transit. They know, however, it would be better for them than what the governor proposed. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted on Thursday, February 25th, 2010
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Where did that BART parking go? Fourth level of garage closed at El Cerrito Del Norte station

Parking at BART’s El Cerrito del Norte station got more complicated this morning with the hastily announced closure of the top floor of the station parking garage for emergency repairs.

The work is expected to take two or three weeks.  Read about it here.

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Posted on Tuesday, February 9th, 2010
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What’s that ad flashing on the freeway sign?

You’re driving down a Bay Area freeway, and a message flashed on the electronic sign overhead warns of an accident ahead and then invites you to dine at a pizza parlor. Then the sign beckons you to see a new action movie.

Does this seem a little jarring? Aren’t  these state electronic message boards for things like child abduction alerts and traffic reports?

Yes, but Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger wants to change that with a plan to sell space on overhead freeway signs  for advertising. The idea: make money for the struggling state. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted on Monday, February 8th, 2010
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AC Transit to stream live audio of its board meetings in open-government move

AC Transit is joining the ranks of government boards allowing the public  to listen to their meetings on the Web, starting Wednesday. The idea: make government more open and little easier for the public to follow.

Operators of the bus system for much of western Alameda and Contra Costa counties said being more transparent was their motivation for starting to stream live audio of their board meetings, and also archiving the meetings so the public can listen to past meetings by visiting  AC Transit’s Web site. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted on Sunday, February 7th, 2010
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“Wicked” ticket discount coupons offered to BART riders Thursday

BART riders at five stations in Oakland and San Francisco will be given ticket discount coupons for the musical “Wicked” from 6 to 9 a.m. Thursday during a rider appreciation event.

The $30 coupons, plus other goodies, will be given to riders at the Embarcadero, Civic Center, Powell and Montgomery stations in San Francisco, plus the Oakland Civic Center-12th Street station in Oakland.

In a press release, BART said the 50,000 discount coupons are donated by the folks at “Wicked,” now showing at the Orpheum Theatre. The ticket coupons will be wrapped around a download music card of songs from the musical

Posted on Wednesday, February 3rd, 2010
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