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BART to give away free tickets Thursday morning

BART tomorrow will give away 60,000 pairs of free tickets to encourage holiday shoppers to travel by rail over the next three weekends.  The tickets will be given out  between 6 and 9 a.m. tomorrow at six stations. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted on Wednesday, December 1st, 2010
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Snowbound in Seattle

I don’t like to begin long trips uncertain if I can complete them. But that’s how things looked Tuesday as my wife and I set out to fly for Thanksgiving from Oakland to Seattle, where a heavy snow storm had crippled road traffic in a city unaccustomed to snow drifts and ice-covered streets .  

It’s the holidays, though. We packed extra sweaters and headed out on the adventure. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted on Wednesday, November 24th, 2010
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Snow closes two Sierra highway passes for winter

Caltrans  today closed Ebbetts Pass on Highway 4 and Sonora Pass on Highway 108  for the winter due to heavy Sierra snow. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted on Monday, November 22nd, 2010
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Manslaughter man sues parents of bicyclist he killed

A Connecticut man convicted of manslaughter for running over a boy at high speed in a car is suing the boy’s parents for not making the 14-year-old wear a helmet. Read on if you find the lawsuit galling, as some Connecticut officials do. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted on Thursday, November 18th, 2010
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Westbound I-580 to close for three hours late tonight

Motorists on  westbound I-580 in Livermore will encounter an unusual traffic obstacle late tonight -  a three hour freeway closure. The closure of all westbound freeway lanes at North Livermore Avenue will last from 12:01 to 3 a.m. Thursday, and repeat the same hours early Friday. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted on Wednesday, November 17th, 2010
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San Francisco eyes road tolls for cars leaving downtown in rush hour

Drivers leaving downtown San Francisco in the afternoon rush hour could be forced to pay a road toll of $6 , under a proposal to reduce traffic congestion. Also being eyed is a morning and afternoon road toll of $3  for those crossing the border between San Francisco and San Mateo counties. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted on Thursday, November 11th, 2010
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Contract deal spares AC Transit riders from more cuts

AC Transit is calling off plans for a third service cut this year after a new contract settlement was reached in arbitration to save the bus system $38 million over three years.

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Posted on Wednesday, November 10th, 2010
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New group rallies today to fight for funds for AC Transit

Public transit advocates are staging a rally in downtown Oakland at 5:15 p.m. this evening to push elected East Bay officials to fight for greater funding to undo service cuts in the AC Transit bus system.

The rally at the intersection of 14th Street and Broadway is the debut of a coalition called the AC Transit Accountability Campaign. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted on Tuesday, November 9th, 2010
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The ills of free or cheap parking: Ask Donald Shoup

The high cost of parking irritates many motorists these days, but some say free or cheap parking is a bad thing. Donald Shoup, a UCLA professor of urban planning, has become the academic godfather of those who blame free parking for causing congestion, pollution, urban sprawl and other auto-related ills. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted on Monday, October 18th, 2010
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BART warns riders of service delays east of Lafayette this weekend

BART is in a rare postion of advising riders this weekend that they might be better off driving their cars rather than taking BART trains between the Lafayette and Pittsburg/Bay Point stations. Starting at 9 p.m. tonight, a track construction project  will delay passengers at least 10 minutes and possibly up to 30 minutes if they’re traveling east of the Lafayette station.

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Posted on Friday, October 15th, 2010
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