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Improving Rail Service in America (Letters to the Editor)

Mr. Wolmar’s comparison of Acela to the high-speed route from Paris to Lyon, which traverses predominantly agricultural land, oversimplifies the obstacles faced here. We’ve literally built rail service into a corner by overbuilding suburbia, including in the megalopolis traversed by Acela between Washington and Boston. Track straightening there would require the acquisition and razing of scores of homes and businesses.

LA's Angels Flight is Back on Track

After nine years in mothballs, the so-called "shortest railroad in the world" was again ferrying passengers  up and down Bunker Hill as the Angels Flight funicular reopened Monday morning....The rail line was designed to connect downtown L.A. with the residential community on Bunker Hill. But when the city demolished that neighborhood as part of a 1960s redevelopment push, Angels Flight was left moribund. The funicular was revived in 1996 after years of effort by preservationists.

Newsom Hopes to Appoint Rider to Muni Board

 While riding Muni daily is not a requirement for the position, the mayor has made it clear that he'd like to appoint a regular rider. I understand the intensity of feelings about the system," he said. "But I'm looking for someone who has ideas about solutions and not just critiques." Muni riders and anyone else interested in applying for appointment to the Municipal Transportation Agency Board of Directors can send an e-mail to the mayor at

'Density' the Watchword in Two Fremont Districts

Big changes could be in store for the Irvington and Centerville districts. Both are slated for urban development along major boulevards that could include four-story buildings with fewer parking spaces than previously allowed. City officials and local business leaders hope that taller buildings, more residents, lower parking requirements and new plazas will revive commercial corridors that have lost business to more car-friendly strip malls like the Brookvale Shopping Center along Fremont Boulevard north of N

A Time to Consider Local Fuel Fees

Democrats in the Legislature threw a fiscal lifeline to public transit last week, bolstering financing for buses and trains at a time when the state is cutting just about everything else. But leaders of the Bay Area’s Metropolitan Transportation Commission saw the moment as a lost opportunity for fundamental change in the way California pays for public transit.

BART to Webcast its Board

More than a year after an uproar over a police officer's fatal shooting of an unarmed passenger spurred the BART board to call for webcasts of its meeting, the rapid transit system is poised to begin the live streaming later this month or in April, officials say. The goal is to make BART more accessible and transparent to the public after a rough year when many critics said the district wasn't responsive enough, board members say.

Potholes Put Dent in City Coffers

Drivers are battling an epidemic of teeth-rattling potholes, jarring not only wheels and tires but also transportation departments trying to pay for road fixes. Pothole patching crews are making repairs earlier this year after an unusually severe winter of heavy snowstorms followed by freezing temperatures, then a quick warm-up.

Counties Eye Ballot Measures to Raise Auto Registration Fee for Transportation Funding

Transportation agencies in Alameda, Contra Costa, Solano, Santa Clara and other Bay Area counties are considering seeking local voter approval to increase vehicle registration fees by $10 per year to fix potholes, improve public transit and take other measures to fight congestion. Officials said they believed voters were so fed up with poor road conditions and public transit service cuts because of reduced state funding that they might agree to higher fees in economic ha


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