AC Transit's $234 million plan for a bus rapid transit service in three cities cleared a hurdle Tuesday when the Oakland City Council approved a preliminary route for within its city limits..... the Berkeley and San Leandro councils also endorse the local preferred route, the project will advance to final environmental and cost studies.
Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit directors voted Wednesday to seek proposals from manufacturers for the commute line’s railcars, which will be the most visible part of the 70-mile passenger rail line...SMART, which is financed by a quarter-cent sales tax approved by voters in 2008, is $155 million short of building the entire 70-mile line.
Napa County leaders are contemplating a possible November ballot measure to raise vehicle license fees by $10, and have decided to take a survey of voter opinions next month....Under a law passed by the Legislature last fall, counties can ask voters to approve an additional $10 annual vehicle license fee to improve transportation.
Founded in 1987, Caltrain depends on sales tax receipts, ridership fares and subsidies from local transit agencies — a formula that has been battered during the latest economic downturn. “The agency’s operations are simply not viable based on our current funding mechanisms,” said Christine Dunn, spokeswoman for Caltrain.
Starting April 29, the Transportation Department has a controversial new rule taking effect that's designed to prevent the type of turmoil Aldrich endured. It requires airlines to let passengers off domestic flights when they've waited three hours without taking off. Airlines that don't comply could be fined up to $27,500 per passenger.
If there’s any winner in the crisis that began when a cloud of ash from an Icelandic volcano drifted over the continent, it’s Europe’s railways. They have operated with few disruptions at the same time air flight was grounded by authorities over safety concerns. Since trains handle a large portion of commercial traffic between many cities, the average European has not been hurt by the “transportation tsunami” breathlessly described by CNN and other media outlets.
Airlines around the world began to confront a huge backlog of passengers on Wednesday after six days of European airspace restrictions had forced the cancellation of more than 100,000 flights and cost the airline industry an estimated $1.7 billion....Eurocontrol, the agency that coordinates regional air-traffic management, said three-quarters of the 28,000 flights scheduled for European airspace were expected to fly o
California roads have long been considered some of the most scenic, and congested, in the United States. A new study by location and navigation solutions leader TomTom gives them another distinction: the nation's most polluting. The TomTom study shows the segments of roads on which vehicles produce the most carbon emissions, based on the length and time of average weekday traffic jams and the estimated number of vehicles in those jams.
Amid the worst economic downturn since World War II, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority is planning to increase fares for the first time in two years to help offset a $204-million gap in its operating budget for buses and rail systems. The proposed fare hike, which will go into effect July 1, is opposed by the Bus Riders Union, which protested the planned increase Tuesday morning outside the MTA headquarters in downtown Los Angeles. "The monthly pass is going up by $13. That's a meal on the table.
Opening statements are scheduled to begin Tuesday in a federal lawsuit pitting the trucking industry against the nation's busiest port over a portion of the Clean Truck Program, which was launched in October 2008 to reduce diesel emissions by banning the dirtiest trucks from carrying port cargo.