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Archive for April, 2010

Recession impact: fewer motorcycle deaths?

People seem to be cutting back on many things in the recession, including riding motorcycles and getting killed on them. Fatal motorcycle accidents nationwide declined in 2009 for the first time since 1997, and a new study suggests  one reason for the dip is bikers cutting back on recreational riding to save money.

Read the study here. Motorcyclist accident fatalities peaked in 2008 with 5,290 deaths nationwide. But with most of the numbers in, it looks like there was a drop of about 10 percent  in 2009, reports the Governor’s Highway Safety Association. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted on Friday, April 30th, 2010
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Oprah says: No texting while driving

Texting or making phone calls without hands-free devices is dangerous. It kills.  You’ve head it before. Now Oprah is ramping up the message by using her television show tomorrow to promote the first “No Phone Day” aimed at making cars a “No Phone Zone.”

Read here about the television show host teaming up with the federal government to take on distracting driving.

Meanwhile, read here about how many Californians aren’t adhering to the state ban on texting while driving.

And read a story here about how 6,000 people died from traffic accidents linked to distracted driving in 2008.   

Posted on Thursday, April 29th, 2010
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Can bus rapid transit transform cities? Councils consider route decisions

The Oakland City Council tonight takes its first crack at defining the route and bus stops for a new speedy bus serviced aimed at transforming public transit in the East Bay. It’s called bus rapid transit.

Preliminary preferences for routes for the $234 million project, known as BRT for short, go before the Oakland council tonight, Berkeley City Council on April 27, and San Leandro City Council May 17. Read about it here. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted on Tuesday, April 20th, 2010
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Caltrans boss jumps to Contra Costa agency

You might wonder why the head of Caltans  – one of the biggest highway agencies in the world – left his job to become chief of Contra Costa County’s congestion management agency. 

When he started his new post today, Randy Iwasaki took on a much smaller budget and work force to manage as the new executive director of the Contra Costa Transportation Authority.

The switch makes sense to Isawaki, who says he’s glad to work in a county where local voters have stepped up to approve local funding for transportation projects.

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Posted on Friday, April 16th, 2010
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More transit pain: Higher fares proposed for East Bay paratransit vans that carry disabled riders

In another sign of the tough times in public transit, higher fees are proposed for East Bay paratransit vans that carry disabled riders who live in western Alameda and Contra Costa Counties.

 A public hearing on the proposal to raise the basic fare from $3 to $4 for trips 12 miles or less will be held from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. today at AC Transit headquarters, 1600 Franklin St., Oakland. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted on Wednesday, April 14th, 2010
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