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Archive for September, 2010

BART to riders: tell us when train cars lose their cool

The heat wave the last few days has caused problems for many people, including BART riders on train cars with malfunctioning air conditioner units. The fastest way to get the cooling units fixed, BART says,  is for riders to report the problem through the train car intercom system. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted on Wednesday, September 29th, 2010
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Is AC Transit headed toward a death spiral with latest service cuts?

How dare you cut bus service that riders need to get to jobs, school, doctor’s appointments, social service offices and other places, said Michelle Rousey, an Oakland resident in a wheelchair, to a sober AC Transit board Wednesday night. “It’s not just about the dollar. There are people behind this, ” she said.

Despite pleas like this in a dramatic session, the transit board unanimously voted to slash weekend and late night service in December in what is planned to be the third cut this year. Board members agreed the transit system is headed in a downward spiral and openly expressed worries about where it will end. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted on Thursday, September 23rd, 2010
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Text me the death total: 5,474 died last year in traffic accidents linked to distracted driving

Some 5,474 people died last year in this country in traffic crashes linked to distracted driving practices like texting or making cell phone calls, Obama administration transportation leaders said today at a summit on trying to reduce the carnage. That’s a heavy toll for people not paying attention. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted on Tuesday, September 21st, 2010
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BART Board okays awarding contract to build rail extension to Oakland airport

The BART board this morning gave its final permission to award the contact to build a rail extension to the Oakland International Airport. The $484 million project project has been delayed by funding questions and a long simmering debate about whether it should be scrapped in favor of a cheaper plan for express buses.

The 7-1 vote of the board gave General Manager Dorothy Dugger authority to immediately award contracts to private companies to  build and operate the 3.2-mile cable-propelled tram system on elevated tracks from  the BART Coliseum station to the airport.  Read the rest of this entry »

Posted on Thursday, September 16th, 2010
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