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Archive for July, 2011

Metropolitan Transportation Commission votes to leave Oakland for San Francisco

The agency that oversees transportation funding and planning in the Bay Area has decided to leave Oakland for a new regional government headquarters in San Francisco. Oakland political leaders aren’t happy with the 12-2 vote by the Metropolitan Transportation Commission. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted on Thursday, July 28th, 2011
Under: Metropolitan Transportation Commission, Planning | No Comments »

S.F. recommended to get regional government headquarters

A key vote is set for Wednesday on choosing between Oakland or San Francisco as the site of a Bay Area regional government headquarters for transportation, air pollution and planning agencies. The Metropolitan Transportation Commission will consider a staff recommendation to pick a building at 390 Main Street in the south of Market district in San Francisco. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted on Monday, July 25th, 2011
Under: Metropolitan Transportation Commission | No Comments »

Should employers have to offer help for workers’ commute costs for transit, cycling, and carpools?

A bill sent to the governor aims to reduce greenhouse gases and auto congestion by giving regional governments the authority to require employers to offer subsidies to workers who commute by bus, rail, bicycle, carpool and other low-emission means. Bay Area public transit and regional governments backed the bill, but it was opposed by the California Chamber of Commerce. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted on Thursday, July 21st, 2011
Under: Carpooling, driving, Environment, global warming | No Comments »

Carmegeddon a bust: Angelinos prove they can leave cars at home in a pinch

Fears of a traffic nightmare dubbed Carmeggedon evaporated over the weekend as Southern Californians proved they can severe their ties to the auto for at least a couple of days when a portion of Intersate 405 was closed for a construction project. It wasn’t too much of a surprise as Bay Area residents have proved in recent years that they can do without a major artery – the Bay Bridge – when it was temporarily closed for construction work. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted on Monday, July 18th, 2011
Under: driving | No Comments »

Can smart driving campaign reduce greenhouse gases?

We’re from the government and we’re here to help you drive smarter and cleaner to reduce greenhouse gases. Can it work ? Can the Bay Area pioneer new gains in the climate change arena with a $4.5 million public education campaign to get motorists to slow down and change their driving behavior?   Read the rest of this entry »

Posted on Thursday, July 14th, 2011
Under: driving, global warming | No Comments »

BART surveys public on riding bikes to stations, and taking them on trains

BART asks  the public to take part in an online survey on how to encourage more people to ride bicycles to train stations. The number of BART riders using bikes to reach stations has increased from 2.5 percent to 4.1 percent of all passengers since 2002, the train agency reports.  Read the rest of this entry »

Posted on Friday, July 8th, 2011
Under: BART, Bicycling | No Comments »