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Franklin of BART board to run for Oakland city council

BART Director Bob Franklin announced he’s running for Oakland City Council in November – a decision forcing him not to defend his BART seat in the same fall election.

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Posted on Monday, January 9th, 2012
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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
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AC Transit Board to shop for new buses and new general manager

The AC Transit Board tonight will consider adopting procurement criteria for 143 new buses it plans to buy, beginning the process to  recruit general manager candidates, and taking measures to improve on-time performance of buses on the busy 1R route. The meeting starts at 5 p.m. at AC Transit headquarters, 1600 Franklin St. Oakland. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted on Wednesday, February 9th, 2011
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I-680 freeway fix in San Ramon Valley: little now, more later

Caltrans will close two of the four lanes on southbound Interstate 680 in Alamo for three or four hours today – starting at 10 a.m – to repair a hole in the pavement. A major rehabilitation of the entire freeway in the San Ramon Valley is being planned for summer of 2010.

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Posted on Wednesday, November 4th, 2009
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Death on the highways: Texting, twittering and calling

The evidence keeps piling up  – along with dead and mangled bodies – that use of electronic communications devices while driving is taking a heavy toll. But it’s not like Americans are going to go back to the days of pulling off the road to make calls from a phone booth.

So what are the best actions for drivers and lawmakers to take to minimize the carnage from use of cell phone calls, texts and tweets on the highways?  Read the rest of this entry »

Posted on Saturday, September 26th, 2009
Under: Buses, driving, hands-free driving, Safety, trucks | No Comments »

Paying to save time on toll lanes

Would you pay to save time driving the freeways? Would paying a toll to use an express lane seem less painful if you knew it was helping ease freeway traffic congestion for the masses?.

Bay Area residents are getting closer to finding out. A plan to create an 800-mile network of express lanes open to carpools for free and others for a toll easily passed two big hurdles in the last week. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted on Wednesday, April 29th, 2009
Under: Buses, Carpooling, driving, Freeways, tolls, Transit vs. driving | No Comments »

AC Transit is latest expected to boost fares

The AC Transit board tonight is expected to raise fares in the latest of a series of public transit fare increases sweeping across the Bay Area and California.

For anyone who wants to attend, the meeting is scheduled to start at 5 p.m. at AC’s headquarters at 1600 Franklin St, Oakland. The basic fare is proposed to rise from $1.75 to $2 on July 1. 

It’s too bad, many transit advocates say, that fares are going up after a year in which ridership made strong gains as many people, frustrated by higher gas prices, left their cars at home and rode the bus or train.

AC Transit board members have said a fare increase is a bitter but necessary medicine to combat the sharp decline in sale tax revenues that provide much of bus operating funds. AC leaders also grumbled that their district  took a $25 million hit in the state’s raid on transit funds to balance the state’s budget. Based on those repeated statements, a good guess is the board will adopt the fare hike.

You also can expect some public grousing though. Some district critics are incensed that AC Transit is going after a fare hike even though the district won voter approval in November to double a parcel district from $48 to $96 annually in most of the district.  Other transit systems in the East Bay don’t collect parcel taxes to hep them cover operating costs, critics note.


Posted on Wednesday, March 11th, 2009
Under: AC Transit, Buses, Fare systems | 2 Comments »

Possum not playing; it leaves BART line dead in its track

Service on one of BART’s busiest train lines was disrupted for an hour in Contra Costa County this morning by a possum.

The marsupial paid with its life when it wandered into a track switching mechanism near Concord, burning out the switching motor and halting train service between Concord and Pleasant Hill until repairs were made.

“I’ve been here four and a half years and this is the first time I’ve heard of this happening,” said BART spokesman Jim Allison.

BART created a bus bridge to shuttle passengers past the temporary service blockage.  



Posted on Tuesday, March 3rd, 2009
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Obama provides recipe for pothole relief

The people who live on bumpy Charles Hill Road in Orinda have something to cheer about because of President Barack Obama’s economic stimulus package.

Orinda – which ranks lowest among Bay Area cities for local road conditions – plans to spend some of its job stimulus money to fix the narrow, winding road where drivers regularly steer around potholes and big cracks.

The condition of Charles Hill Road is not an isolated problem. Cities and counties throughout California are struggling to hold roads together as voters resist tax and fee hikes, and road maintenance funds heavily dependent on sales tax decline as people drive less and buy less. 

“Our street has gone from being really bad, to downright dangerous,” Nancy Katz, a Charles Hill Road resident, wrote in an email. “From huge and deep potholes that wreck your car, to the fact that we all now try to work around them (so we don’t further wreck our cars) so we drive around them, which has many of us driving in the middle of the street.” Read the rest of this entry »

Posted on Friday, February 20th, 2009
Under: BART, Buses, driving, fuel, Funding, Safety | 3 Comments »

BART hopes to ride stimulus bill to the Oakland Airport

BART’s plan for a rail link to the Oakland International Airport may get back on track with money from the federal job stimulus bill.

Back in November last year, I reported that the plan for a 3.2-mile-long elevated tramway hit a dead end for lack of funding. BART needed private partners to share in project costs, but failed to attract any allies amid deteriorating economic conditions and sharp declines in airline passengers.

Now President Barack Obama’s economic stimulus bill may come to the rescue of the proposed rail link between BART’s Coliseum station and the airport. BART now pegs the project cost at $529 million, a higher cost than earlier estimates because of inflation. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted on Friday, February 13th, 2009
Under: AC Transit, BART, Buses, Caltrain, global warming, rail | 3 Comments »