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color my BART

metro-red-line.jpgOne thing that I, as a former Washingtonian (as in DC), couldn’t help but notice when I arrived in the Bay Area in March of last year was how much the BART system resembles the capitol’s Metro system.

The cars appeared identical, although I learned Read the rest of this entry »

Posted on Friday, May 11th, 2007
Under: air travel, BART, Caltrain, connectivity, Funding | 7 Comments »

coping with the “Bay Bridge collapse”


A Caltrans spokesperson mentioned that a journalism student called the other day about a story on the economic impact of the “Bay Bridge collapse” on San Francisco businesses.

The student was politely told that the bridge was still up and running, and that businesses weren’t affected. There will be a quiz later.

You can quibble about the affect of the April 29 MacArthur Maze eastbound I-80-I-580 connector collapse on downtown business on both sides of the Bay, but it does seem that there has been some economic impact from the aforementioned collapse of the Bay Bridge.

Being in the news business, I’m often comparing what people have heard or what people think they heard with what Read the rest of this entry »

Posted on Thursday, May 10th, 2007
Under: air travel, Bay Bridge, driving, Freeway collapse, Safety, taxicabs, Transit vs. driving | No Comments »

microcosmic bus vs. rail at Oakland Airport


At long last, people who don’t mind dragging their bags on and off of BART (or don’t have a car) will have to pay $3, starting March 1, to get from the Coliseum BART Station to Oakland International Airport. Senior citizen and airport employee fares will double as of March 1 to $1 and $2, respectively.

The current $2 charge for AirBART has been in effect since 1985, so one can’t be too shocked that the Oakland port authority decided today to raise it. At least it’s not going to $4 like the bridge tolls.

And consider that the extra $1 is for a good cause: Buying new natural gas buses. I’m guessing hydrogen fuel cell buses would require Read the rest of this entry »

Posted on Wednesday, February 21st, 2007
Under: AC Transit, air travel, BART, Buses, connectivity, Environment, Fare systems, Funding, rail, tolls, transit equity | 31 Comments »

vanishing act at Oakland airport


Upon hearing how someone had set off a metal detector at Oakland International Airport yesterday and promptly vanished, one of my colleagues remarked that if she ever got into trouble with the law, she’d go to the airport to avoid capture.

Kidding aside, it’s somewhat unsettling that twice this year already, someone was able to get past a federalized security system and then Read the rest of this entry »

Posted on Friday, February 16th, 2007
Under: air travel, Security | No Comments »

falling in and out of love with BART


Call me Capricious, but as much as I’m predisposed, I can’t seem to embrace public transit consistently.

I love to sit in one of the Capitol Corridor’s reclining seats with an AC (not to be confused with the bus agency) outlet nearby so I can watch DVDs of old movies uninterrupted on my laptop. Ahhh, this is commuting, I think. Did I mention the little Read the rest of this entry »

Posted on Thursday, February 15th, 2007
Under: AC Transit, air travel, BART, Bicycling, Buses, Caltrain, Capitol Corridor (Amtrak), connectivity, driving, rail, Transit vs. driving | 1 Comment »

flying by the seat of the bowl

low-flow-toilet-dnr-metrokc-gov.jpgOakland International Airport just issued a press release that’s just too good to waste:

Customer surveys and analysis of passenger concerns show that OAK passengers rank the condition and quality of public restrooms high on their Read the rest of this entry »

Posted on Thursday, December 7th, 2006
Under: air travel | 8 Comments »