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State's High-Speed Rail Plan is Up in the Air

Is it a high-speed rail ride to the future or a Bay Bridge boondoggle times 10? That's what lawmakers are wondering as more and more questions arise about the plan to build a multibillion-dollar bullet train between San Francisco and Los Angeles. "I'm all for high-speed rail, but I want it to be high-speed rail done right," says state Sen. Joe Simitian...In addition to worries about how many backyards will be torn up for the line, he and other key legislators are asking question's about the High Speed Rail Authority's business plan - which remains murky at best.

Evening Commute Lanes on Golden Gate Bridge Changing Again

Golden Gate Bridge officials have changed evening commute lane configurations again to help appease drivers heading south from Marin. Traditionally there have been four lanes going north during the evening commute, but that changed in 2002 when officials split bridge lanes, three in each direction. That was because traffic counts showed increased southbound traffic and decreased northbound traffic.

How will High-Speed Rail Affect Your City? (Part 1 of 2)

A day after the California High-Speed Rail Authority released its most detailed engineering report for the Bay Area, Peninsula residents are beginning to figure out how the bullet train is likely to zip through their communities. The following is a city-by-city breakdown, from northern to central San Mateo County, detailing how engineers are trying to put together the puzzle of fitting four tracks along the existing two-track Caltrain corridor. An analysis of southern San Mateo County will follow next week.

Port of Oakland Sees Surge in Passenger, Cargo Volume

Both the port’s maritime and airport divisions are turning in higher numbers, suggesting that cargo shipping and airline passenger volumes are on the rebound. For two consecutive years, the Port of Oakland laid off workers and slowed capital expenses at its airport and maritime operations. In the latest round of cuts last year, the port cut about 6 percent of its workforce, affecting workers represented by the SEIU and IBEW at the port and airport.



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