The view from a warehouse roof here is consistent. In every direction, there are blocks and blocks of warehouse roofs baking in the Southern California sun. Rather than letting them sit bare, a California utility hopes to blanket roofs like these with solar panels to produce enough electricity to power 162,000 homes
Buyers of electric vehicles will get the grant and be exempt from vehicle registration tax, the government said.
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.
BART DIRECTORS need to take a deep breath before rushing to temporarily roll back fares just before the November elections. Yes, it would be nice to give riders a break after last year's service cuts and 6 percent fare hike. Yes, it is fortunate that BART will receive $26 million from the state as part of a transit financing deal the governor approved last month.
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.
David Pilpel, a regular at the SFMTA’s twice-monthly board of directors meetings, has filed for a hearing on the matter, claiming that the service reductions violate provisions of the California Environmental Quality Act guidelines.
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.
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.>
Public transit riders are being promised better service when a new payment card makes its debut in June. BART, Muni, AC Transit, Caltrain and Golden Gate Transit are the five agencies on board so far, but many more are expected to sign up for Clipper. One payment card will be good for participating transit operators.
The Chinese rail ministry is in talks with the state government in California to both build and finance a link between Los Angeles and San Francisco. ITS Professor Emeritus BILL GARRISON comments.