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Two Caltrans workers fired from inspection unit had stolen gov construction materials, fed probe finds

Just two weeks after disclosures that a Caltrans technician had falsified inspection data on agency construction projects, a federal report says that the worker and his boss stole goverment construction materials for a project at the supervisor’s personal property. The new report, disclosed by the Sacramento Bee, is fueling an East Bay lawmaker’s suspicions that there is a problem in the culture of a Caltrans section that does tests to assure the structural integrity of foundations of new bridges, walls and other projects. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted on Sunday, November 27th, 2011
Under: Bay Area Toll Authority, Bay Bridge, Bridges, Caltrans, Metropolitan Transportation Commission, Safety, seismic safety | No Comments »

Gov. signs BART safety bill, vetoes red light camera, bike safety bills

California bike safety advocates and critics of cameras that catch red-light runners were disappointed by the governor’s vetoes, but BART officials are pleased he signed a transit safety bill. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted on Friday, October 7th, 2011
Under: BART, Bridges, Safety | No Comments »

Guilty plea in hit and run death of Martinez bicyclist

The son of a Martinez cyclist killed in a hit and run accident in 2008 saw some measure of  justice Wednesday when an SUV driver pleaded guilty to the crime. It took authorities a year and a half to identify the driver, who hid the vehicle in a relative’s garage.  Read the rest of this entry »

Posted on Thursday, June 16th, 2011
Under: Bicycling, Safety | No Comments »

Smile kids, you’re on car camera. Don’t get killed by cars backing up.

The federal government proposes a rule to reduce the accidental deaths of two children a week on average from car backovers. The rule would require  back-up cameras on new cars and trucks, effective in 2014.

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Posted on Saturday, December 4th, 2010
Under: driving, Safety | No Comments »

Text me the death total: 5,474 died last year in traffic accidents linked to distracted driving

Some 5,474 people died last year in this country in traffic crashes linked to distracted driving practices like texting or making cell phone calls, Obama administration transportation leaders said today at a summit on trying to reduce the carnage. That’s a heavy toll for people not paying attention. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted on Tuesday, September 21st, 2010
Under: driving, Safety | No Comments »

How to make the S-curve safe on the Bay Bridge

The Bay Bridge has had nearly an accident a day on the new S-curve that opened after Labor Day modifications of the span. There was another crash there Friday even though Caltrans added new safety measures on the curve during the recent six-day closure of the bridge.

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Posted on Saturday, November 7th, 2009
Under: Bay Bridge, Caltrans, driving, Retrofitting, Safety | 2 Comments »

Transit workers behaving badly? Did they do really do that?

Running a public transit system is dependent on the labor of many workers, but what happens when one of those workers goes rogue.

 Read about a San Francisco Muni worker allegedly punching a teenage girl in San Francisco, and misdemeanor charges being filed against a BART train operator for allegedly making lewd advances to a female passenger he invited into his cab on a moving train. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted on Friday, November 6th, 2009
Under: BART, rail, Safety | No Comments »

How to prevent car versus bicycle crashes that kill and maim?

As we in the Bay struggle with conflicts between cars and bicyclists sharing the same road, so does the public in Los Angeles County. Check out this story about a doctor on trial for four felony accounts related to a collision with some bicyclists who allege the physician tried to harm them.

“Though data suggest that cycling fatalities have actually fallen nationwide,” reads the LA Times story, “one new study suggests that the injuries cyclists suffer in traffic accidents are becoming more severe.” Read the rest of this entry »

Posted on Friday, November 6th, 2009
Under: Bicycling, driving, Safety | No Comments »

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
Under: Buses, Caltrans, driving, Freeways, Safety | No Comments »

How did the Bay Bridge closure affect you?

We invite our readers to post comments below about how the Bay Bridge closure affected them during the five and a half days the span was out of service. 

Did the closure change your travel plans? Did the closure try your patience? Was it understandable Caltrans took so long to fix a Labor Day repair that failed Tuesday? Do you feel comfortable traveling on the bridge after the repairs are finished?

Let us know below, and if you leave your name and city of residence, we may use excerpts of comments in a news story.

 

   

Posted on Monday, November 2nd, 2009
Under: Bay Bridge, Bridges, Caltrans, rail, Safety | No Comments »