The high cost of parking irritates many motorists these days, but some say free or cheap parking is a bad thing. Donald Shoup, a UCLA professor of urban planning, has become the academic godfather of those who blame free parking for causing congestion, pollution, urban sprawl and other auto-related ills. Read the rest of this entry »
Archive for October, 2010
BART is in a rare postion of advising riders this weekend that they might be better off driving their cars rather than taking BART trains between the Lafayette and Pittsburg/Bay Point stations. Starting at 9 p.m. tonight, a track construction project will delay passengers at least 10 minutes and possibly up to 30 minutes if they’re traveling east of the Lafayette station.
Thousands of students at dozens of East Bay schools are walking to school today as part of International Walk and Roll to School Day. Skeptics might dismiss this as something like “international eat your green beans day.”
But many experts say Americans’ shift to drive more and walk and bicycle less is taking a heavy toll on the public in terms of childhood obesity, increased air pollution and traffic congestion. Read the rest of this entry »
The annual visit of the Blue Angels to the Bay Area this week means exciting precision flying shows in the air but heavy traffic traffic congestion on the ground near San Francisco waterfront viewing areas. The Golden Gate National Recreation Area urges people to use public transit, carpools, or bicycles to get around San Francisco for the Blue Angels’ shows scheduled from 3 to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
AC Transit has landed a $5.4 million federal grant to upgrade its system for tracking and planning bus maintenance. The money, AC Transit officials said, will help make bus service more reliable and save the district money.
The competitive grant, announced today, is from the Federal Transit Administration’s state of good repair program, a new initiative to reduce the maintenance backlog at public transit systems. Read the rest of this entry »
AC Transit is having its 50th birthday today. Yes. it’s a half century since the public transit system began service, replacing the privately owned and defunct Key System that ran buses, ferries, and trolleys in East Bay neighborhoods and and across the Bay. Read the rest of this entry »