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Archive for March, 2011

Should cities collect a crash tax from out of towners involved in auto crashes? Sacramento repeals its tax

You get into a car crash outside your home city. You’re upset. You know this will be expensive. Then it gets worse. You find out  you could be forced to pay several hundred dollars of a local tax imposed on drivers from out of town to finance the local fire department’s responses to auto collisions. Some cities are levying these so-called crash taxes, but the Sacramento City Council voted yesterday to repeal its new fee before anyone paid it. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted on Wednesday, March 30th, 2011
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BART board endorses governor’s budget plan

The BART board is urging support for Gov. Jerry Brown’s proposed much debated state budget plan, which extends some taxes and spares public transit from deep cuts. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted on Friday, March 25th, 2011
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AC Transit board holds meeting in Richmond Wednesday to provide easier access to West Contra Costans

If you’re a West Contra Costa resident with something on your mind to tell  the AC Transit Board, Wednesday is your opportunity. The bus system board that usually meets in downtown Oakland will meet 5 p.m. Wednesday (March 23) at the Richmond City Council chambers, Community Services Building, 440 Civic Plaza. The board usually holds one meeting a year in West Contra County to make it easier for people from that area to attend. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted on Monday, March 21st, 2011
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Why did the turkeys cross the busy road?

 

“We may not know why two wild turkeys crossed Ygnacio Valley Road in Walnut Creek this afternoon but they managed to traverse the busy thoroughfare thanks to alert drivers.”  Read on to finish this item provided by Elisabeth Nardi, our Walnut Creek reporter at the Contra Costa Times. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted on Thursday, March 17th, 2011
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Does Daylight Saving drive us down the wrong road?

We all got up an hour earlier today because Daylight Savings Time saves energy. Right? Not everyone agrees. A Tuft’s University teacher says we don’t really save energy in part we make extra driving trips to stores, golf courses and other recreational outings  during that extra hour of sunlight. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted on Monday, March 14th, 2011
Under: driving, Environment | 1 Comment »

No fare hike for BART, but AC Transit eyes increase

BART won’t need a train fare increase this year, but AC Transit will hold a public hearing 4 p.m. April 27 on a plan to raise its basic bus are from $2 to $2.10, and boost the youth pass from $15 to $20 per month. That was the upshot of news from the two transit agencies in the last 24 hours Read the rest of this entry »

Posted on Thursday, March 10th, 2011
Under: AC Transit, BART, Buses, Fare systems | No Comments »