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Vote Delayed on Pollution Guidelines for Bay Area Developments

Responding to criticism that the guidelines could discourage development in areas near freeways and industries, the Bay Area Air Quality Board has decided to hold two more public workshops and separate meetings with city and county planners before taking the vote....The air district is proposing the guidelines to help cities and counties decide when to require developers to conduct studies on whether their projects cause pollution with potential health risks.

More Aboard! Amtrak Weighs Long Route Improvements

In many states, travelers who take Amtrak's long-distance trains for vacations or out-of-state business trips board in the middle of the night and return home from such cities as Chicago or New York City at times that are just as inconvenient. But some improvements are on the way. Amtrak, the country's only major passenger train system, is re-examining timetables and finding other ways to improve its 15 national routes to bring in more riders and revenue.

Muni Union Not Giving What City Wants to Take

Muni drivers and management remain as far apart as ever over the city's demand for major contract concessions - but then, the list of proposed take-backs is long....Management also wants to reassign the six employees now paid to do union business full time. And it wants to boost the workload for the three dozen or so "full-time" drivers who, for reasons no one can explain, are now assigned to just one run a day.

BART Fare Cut Proposal is Political Posturing (Editorial)

It's tempting to offer BART riders a fare cut, especially after an increase last year, reduced service, and - let's not forget - the system's battered image after the police shooting of Oscar Grant last year. But the idea isn't coming from budget planners or BART staff. It's floated by board members who are up for reelection this fall. While bridge fares, gas prices and parking are going up, wouldn't it be great to run as the commuter's friend who lowered ticket prices?


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