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Archive for August, 2010

Feds push MTC to check transit projects for civil rights compliance

The federal government is telling the Bay Area’s transportation commission to take a more active role in checking whether proposed public transit projects would have unfair impacts on minorities and low-income people. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted on Friday, August 27th, 2010
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AC Transit to appeal court-ordered arbitration in contract dispute

The AC Transit Board voted last night to appeal a court order forcing the transit district into arbitration with its prolonged contract dispute, and also decided to appeal an injunction forcing the bus sytem to return to old work rules and contract provisions in operating the district. The decision is the latest twist in the confict over the board’s effort to wring cost-cutting concessions out of its unionized bus drivers and mechanics as the district struggles with financial problems and service cuts.

  Read more about it later today at . AC Transit reiterated last night that  it is going to look in the coming weeks at cutting weekend bus service and other money saving options to offset the higher cost of operating the district under the old contract provisions. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted on Thursday, August 19th, 2010
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Commuter nightmare creates “Obooma” incident

You know you’re having a bad commute day when your trip by seaplane accidentally violates restricted air space around the president’s Air Force One and military jets are scrambled as result. That’s what happened Tuesday afternoon to a pilot and passenger who flew into Lake Washington next to Seattle.

The sonic booms caused by the fighter jets triggered an avalanche of 911 calls and the production of “Obooma” t-shirts for sale online. Read about it here. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted on Wednesday, August 18th, 2010
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If you build a transit village, will they come? More transit oriented development near BART stations

A new parking garage is going up at the Richmond BART station as part of a trend of building transit-oriented development near rapid transit stations. Work began Tuesday on a six-story parking garage that will free up space for construction of 100 homes at the station, reports Katherine Tam in the Contra Costa Times.

The parking garage at McDonald Avenue and 15th Street is part of the city’s 16-acre Richmond Transit Village. The project is  is aimed at revitalizing downtown Richmond and easing congestion and air pollution by providing homes and businesses close to BART. If BART is so near, residents of the transit villages won’t drive so much, the thinking goes. A similar strategy is behind transit village projects finished or underway near the following stations: Pleasant Hill, Dublin, west Dublin (the station under construction), El Cerrito Del Norte, Fruitvale, South San Francisco and Union City. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted on Saturday, August 14th, 2010
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Fernandez, AC Transit board president, won’t seek re-election

Rocky Fernandez, the AC Transit board president, won’t seek re-election in the  financially beleaguered public bus system.  “It’s with a heavy heart that I have decided not to seek re-election to represent Ward 4 on the board,” Fernandez said in a statement released over the weekend. “Right now, I need to step back on focus on my career.”

He was elected in 2006 in a ward including San Leandro,  Castro Valley, San Lorenzo, Ashland, and the part of Hayward east of the Nimitz Freeway. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted on Monday, August 9th, 2010
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BART cops and K9’s visit stations for National Night Out

BART police officers, their K9’s, and some transit board members are visiting four train stations from 4 to 7 p.m. today to promote crime prevention on National Night Out.

The officers will distribute child fingerprint kits for parents, key chain whistles and crime prevention bulletins at the Pleasant Hill, Fruitvale, Fremont and 24thStreet/Mission stations. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted on Tuesday, August 3rd, 2010
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