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more terror money for BART?


Anytime I have an excuse to put up a picture of a blown-up transit vehicle (hey, it’s cautionary, not morbid)…

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U.S. Representative Ellen Tauscher (D-Walnut Creek) got some folks at BART all excited today (as if Spare the Air 5 on Thursday isn’t enough) with the news that the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee had passed the Public Transportation Security Assistance Act, which would grant $3.4 billion over three years to transit systems based on risk, rather than whose Congressional district the system happens to serve.

“Recent reports that al-Qaeda operatives had planned to attack  Read the rest of this entry »

Posted on Wednesday, July 19th, 2006
Under: BART, Funding, Security | No Comments »

driving away the terrorists

When it comes to transit terrorism, the Bay Area, and, for that matter, most of America, can count itself pretty safe.

For the explanation, I defer to Peter Haas, education director of the Mineta Transportation Institute in San Jose. Haas’ expert opinion was being offered to news outlets in the Bay

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Area this week in the wake of the horrific commuter train bombings in India.

Photo by Aijaz Rahi – AP

“In the abstract sense, we’re just as vulnerable. We’ve learned, and it is fairly apparent, that transit properties are vulnerable,” Haas says, while air travel is much more secure because airports are easier to seal off and police.

“Public transportation is a fairly open system, and therefore Read the rest of this entry »

Posted on Thursday, July 13th, 2006
Under: BART, Buses, driving, rail, Security, Transit vs. driving | No Comments »

kiss ‘n’ violate

Reader Frank F. has no love for Alameda County Sheriff’s deputies after getting a picture of his car in front of the Lake Merritt BART Station in Oakland and a hefty ticket for violating bus stop parking rules.

Here’s his story:

I recently received a parking ticket for being dropped off in front of the Lake Merritt BART station on 8th Avenue. There is a very long bus stop with the bus sign behind several trees at the far end of the zone not in front of the BART entrance.

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I very much understand the need to keep the buses moving and the problem with cars and buses at the bus zones. The Lake Merritt Bart station is not that busy with limited number of buses running at 20-minute headways. However it is an easy place to write tickets … Read the rest of this entry »

Posted on Monday, June 12th, 2006
Under: AC Transit, BART, connectivity, Security, Transit vs. driving | 40 Comments »

transit security, and other myths

I just got this e-mail from the Mineta Transportation Institute, created by an act of Congress on the campus of San Jose State, saying that the institute has a program to train transportation professionals in dealing with security issues.
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Posted on Tuesday, May 9th, 2006
Under: Security | No Comments »