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S.F. recommended to get regional government headquarters

By dcuff
Monday, July 25th, 2011 at 1:40 pm in Metropolitan Transportation Commission

A key vote is set for Wednesday on choosing between Oakland or San Francisco as the site of a Bay Area regional government headquarters for transportation, air pollution and planning agencies. The Metropolitan Transportation Commission will consider a staff recommendation to pick a building at 390 Main Street in the south of Market district in San Francisco. Read the rest of this entry »

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Should employers have to offer help for workers’ commute costs for transit, cycling, and carpools?

By dcuff
Thursday, July 21st, 2011 at 9:58 am in Carpooling, driving, Environment, global warming

A bill sent to the governor aims to reduce greenhouse gases and auto congestion by giving regional governments the authority to require employers to offer subsidies to workers who commute by bus, rail, bicycle, carpool and other low-emission means. Bay Area public transit and regional governments backed the bill, but it was opposed by the California Chamber of Commerce. Read the rest of this entry »

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Carmegeddon a bust: Angelinos prove they can leave cars at home in a pinch

By dcuff
Monday, July 18th, 2011 at 9:02 am in driving

Fears of a traffic nightmare dubbed Carmeggedon evaporated over the weekend as Southern Californians proved they can severe their ties to the auto for at least a couple of days when a portion of Intersate 405 was closed for a construction project. It wasn’t too much of a surprise as Bay Area residents have proved in recent years that they can do without a major artery – the Bay Bridge – when it was temporarily closed for construction work. Read the rest of this entry »

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Can smart driving campaign reduce greenhouse gases?

By dcuff
Thursday, July 14th, 2011 at 7:30 am in driving, global warming

We’re from the government and we’re here to help you drive smarter and cleaner to reduce greenhouse gases. Can it work ? Can the Bay Area pioneer new gains in the climate change arena with a $4.5 million public education campaign to get motorists to slow down and change their driving behavior?   Read the rest of this entry »

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BART surveys public on riding bikes to stations, and taking them on trains

By dcuff
Friday, July 8th, 2011 at 7:30 am in BART, Bicycling

BART asks  the public to take part in an online survey on how to encourage more people to ride bicycles to train stations. The number of BART riders using bikes to reach stations has increased from 2.5 percent to 4.1 percent of all passengers since 2002, the train agency reports.  Read the rest of this entry »

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Are high gas prices cutting into your July 4 travel plans?

By dcuff
Wednesday, June 29th, 2011 at 12:34 pm in driving, holiday travel

I’m looking for readers to call or email me this afternoon if they are planning to cut back their Fourth of July weekend travel plans this year because of high gas prices. A new AAA survey found that 2.9 percent fewer Californians are planning to drive 50 miles or more this Fourth of July long weekend, and high gas prices are part of the reason. Read the rest of this entry »

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Guilty plea in hit and run death of Martinez bicyclist

By dcuff
Thursday, June 16th, 2011 at 9:00 am in Bicycling, Safety

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 »

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BART to give out free transit tickets on Thursday, “Dump the Pump” Day

By dcuff
Thursday, June 16th, 2011 at 5:15 am in BART

Wear a “Dump the Pump” ticket Thursday morning and you will have a chance to win free BART train tickets worth $20 in train fares.  Another BART plan to mark the national event - showing a “dump the pump” video on message boards at several gasoline stations - bombed when  an advertising rep. for the stations nixed the idea, BART says Read the rest of this entry »

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Ride with a skirt to bike party tonight after open house at Ashby BART bike station

By dcuff
Friday, June 10th, 2011 at 2:54 pm in Uncategorized

What do BART and men and women bicyclists in skirts have in common? They’re partners tonight in a Berkeley doubleheader of the practical and the wacky. Cyclists are invited  from 7:30 to 8 p.m. tonight to an open house at the new bike station at the Ashby BART station.  Afterwards, cyclists are invited to head out for a “skirt” ride around Berkeley in the monthly social ride sponsored by the East Bay Bicycle Coalition. Read the rest of this entry »

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Highway 12 daytime closures set:Tues through Thursday

By dcuff
Monday, June 6th, 2011 at 4:19 pm in Caltrans

Highway 12 between Highway 160 near Rio Vista and Interstate 5 in San Joaquin County will be closed from 7 a.m. until 4 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday during Caltrans maintenance work.  No through traffic will be allowed during those hours on this commute route. Read the rest of this entry »

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