A backlash against efforts in California and Congress to rein in greenhouse gas emissions is brewing in hard economic times. A coalition of businesses — including two Bay Area oil refiners — and an anti-tax group has begun a signature drive for a November ballot initiative that would suspend California's pioneering law to combat global warming until the jobless rate drops back to 2006 levels.... California, the role of Texas oil companies in the initiative is another element in the debate over the plan to suspend the state's 2006 greenhouse gas law until the state's unemployment rate reache
Signs went up this week, warning of a massive freeway project that likely will slow traffic coming off the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge into Marin County. Ghilotti Construction of Santa Rosa was awarded a $9.3 million contract to rebuild the San Rafael connector that takes drivers from westbound I-580 and deposits them on northbound 101.
Twenty years ago, as mayor of San Francisco, I faced a difficult decision over the fate of the Embarcadero Freeway after the 1989 earthquake. Some 22,000 people signed a petition opposing demolition of the hideous double-deck freeway. Indeed, they opposed even starting an environmental review process to develop the facts.
Since high-speed train tracks will likely be buried in Millbrae, it is logical the tracks will also likely be buried in Burlingame and the northern part of San Mateo, said Millbrae Councilwoman Gina Papan last night. It was a statement with which Burlingame Vice Mayor Terry Nagel did not quite agree....It was the second night in a row Nagel spent discussing high-speed rail, as the Burlingame City Council approved spending $185,000 Monday night to spend on consultants to try and pressure the California Hig-Speed Rail Authority to bury the tracks in their city.
The Senate gave final approval this morning to a bill known as the "HIRE Act" containing seven transportation provisions including an extension of authorization for federal highway and transit programs through Dec. 31 as well as providing $19.5 billion to the Highway Trust Fund. Today's vote to concur with House amendments sends the legislation to President Barack Obama.
Bay Area transit agencies, including $36 million to the cash-strapped San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency, has stalled because Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger refused to sign the legislation...."We are in shock right now," said Nathaniel Ford, the SFMTA’s executive director. "This is really some terrible news.
BART officials are investigating what caused a year-old part that helps connect train cars to snap suddenly Tuesday morning, causing the nine-car train to come apart before stopping at the west edge of the Transbay Tube, snarling the commute....Yoke assemblies are subjected to a huge amount of stress, both when cars are coupled and during normal operations.
When an Alameda County judge this month ruled that Pleasanton must loosen its development rules to allow large amounts of new housing for all income levels, he sent a message that could ricochet around the state....If the Alameda decision stands, and if other cities face legal challenges, the result could reshape the landscape of California suburbs and small cities - conceivably forcing them to reconsider height limits or increasing the density in their downtowns.
We have a good idea of what the near-term future of transportation will look like: hybrid vehicles, like the Chevy Volt; electric cars, such as the Tesla Roadster; the rickshaw-cum-Segway known as the General Motors P.U.M.A.; and high-speed train systems that operate using magnetic levitation...."Society and mobility is going to transform quite a bit over the next 50 to 100 years," predicts Mark Moore, an aerospace engineer at NASA's Langley Research Center in Virginia.
Balfour Beatty's US subsidiary, Parsons Brinckerhoff, has been awarded three new contracts to manage high-speed and intercity passenger rail projects in Illinois, Ohio and Florida, US....Parsons Brinckerhoff is already leading the programme management team overseeing the implementation of the California High-Speed Rail project, an 800-mile (1290 km) long system serving Sacramento, the San Francisco Bay Area, the Central Valley, Los A