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

By dcuff
Sunday, November 27th, 2011 at 11:27 am in Bay Area Toll Authority, Bay Bridge, Bridges, Caltrans, Metropolitan Transportation Commission, Safety, seismic safety

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 »

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Was Caltrans culture prepared to deal with technician who falsfied inspection data?

By dcuff
Wednesday, November 23rd, 2011 at 9:07 am in Bay Bridge, Caltrans

A state Senate transportation committee on Tuesday offered an unusual forum to question whether Caltrans did enough quickly enough when it discovered one of its technicians had falsified inspection data on construction projects. State Sen. Mark DeSaulnier, D-Concord, asked whether the Caltrans culture built around hard data and orderly procedures was prepared to deal with a case when a renegade worker acted outside the norm. Read the rest of this entry »

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Federal civil trial begins Monday in Mehserle case over use of force at BART station

By dcuff
Monday, November 21st, 2011 at 9:35 am in BART

Johannes Mehserle, the former BART police officer convicted of involuntary manslaughter for killing Oscar Grant in 2009, is back in the news as a federal civil trial begins Monday in San Francisco into allegations that he and four other BART police officers used excessive force in roughing up a train rider. The confrontation occurred at the BART Coliseum station in November 2008, seven weeks before Mehserle’s shooting of an unarmed Grant was caught on video and sent around the world via the Internet. Read the rest of this entry »

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Bay Bridge to turn 75 on Saturday

By dcuff
Wednesday, November 9th, 2011 at 3:39 pm in Bay Area Toll Authority, Bay Bridge, Caltrans

The workhorse of Bay Area bridges  – the Bay Bridge - turns 75 years old on Saturday without any big fuss.  A modest invitation-only celebration will be held Thursday morning on Treasure Island, but it is not open to the general public. Read the rest of this entry »

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Caltrans to install last deck section Friday for suspension span of new Bay Bridge

By dcuff
Friday, October 28th, 2011 at 8:28 am in Bay Bridge, Caltrans

Caltrans contractors on Friday will install the 28th and last segment of the suspension span deck on the new Bay Bridge eastern span, reaching another milestone in the $6.3 billion project. Lifting into place the last deck segment enables contractors to push ahead with preparations to begin stringing cable for the self anchored suspension span later this year. Read the rest of this entry »

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BART trains to stop for one minute in Great Shakeout

By dcuff
Tuesday, October 18th, 2011 at 3:58 pm in BART

All BART trains will stop for one minute at 10:21 a.m. Thursday as part of the Great California ShakeOut, a statewide earthquake preparedness event. Read the rest of this entry »

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License to cheat: Trucker resorts to James Bond trick trying to avoid NY bridge toll

By dcuff
Saturday, October 15th, 2011 at 8:53 am in Bridges, tolls

It seems everywhere with bridge tolls has toll cheats. No wonder then that a trucker made headlines with his ruse to hook up a cable to flip over his license plate over to avoid an electronically collected $65 toll on the George Washington Bridge entering New York. Read the rest of this entry »

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

By dcuff
Friday, October 7th, 2011 at 7:16 pm in BART, Bridges, Safety

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 »

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Where’s Linton: BART’s versatile spokesman still not back

By dcuff
Wednesday, September 28th, 2011 at 8:00 pm in BART

Linton Johnson, the all-purpose public voice of BART,  remains on leave more than a month since his public relations war with protesters put him even more under the spotlightRead the rest of this entry »

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BART, AC Transit to redraw ward maps for electing board members

By dcuff
Tuesday, September 27th, 2011 at 2:10 pm in AC Transit, BART, redistricting, Uncategorized

The BART and AC Transit board are ramping up efforts to redraw  boundaries of political districts from which the directors are elected. An AC Transit board committee meets a 4 p.m Tuesday in Oakland discuss the options. Read the rest of this entry »

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