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.
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
The Obama administration said Thursday that it is looking at projects in the Bay Area and potentially Los Angeles as a model to build and repair hundreds of billions of dollars of rail, road, bridge, port and other projects as the nation's infrastructure is crumbling but new federal funds are drying up. The idea is to use federal loans, backed by local tax revenues, to speed up huge transit and other local projects while taking advantage of bargain-basement prices in the recession-hit construction industry and creating jobs at the same time....Sen.
Marin Transit, which operates bus service within the county, will eliminate runs on several routes in order to save about $1 million annually as the agency deals with budget issues....Meanwhile, the Golden Gate Bridge District's Transportation Committee met Thursday morning to discuss bus cuts to its system. Golden Gate provides mostly commute service in Marin, Sonoma and San Francisco.
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High-speed rail leaders presented potential aerial and underground routes through San Jose to roughly 150 residents at the Gardner Community Center on March 2....The meeting was the first time high-speed rail leaders included tunnel expert Juan Duran, and he said technology exists to dig a potential station 140 feet underground at Diridon station and the planned BART station....Duran cautioned that only 2 percent of the engineering work had been done on a tunnel, and it could cost up to $3 billion....If built
When President Obama unveiled his budget allocation for high-speed rail, he said, “In France, high-speed rail has pulled regions from isolation, ignited growth [and], remade quiet towns into thriving tourist destinations.” His remarks emphasize how high-speed rail is increasing the accessibility of isolated places as an argument for similarly investments.
As the Senate finally considers long-stalled legislation this week to speed modernization of the air traffic system, the bill won't resolve one crucial question: Who pays for the technology that planes need to make it work? Airlines and private jet owners want taxpayers to fund the gear that would let them benefit from an
A planned Los Angeles subway expansion could cut traffic and greenhouse emissions and give jobs a boost, but Mayor Villaraigosa wants it now, instead of waiting 30 years. He is in Washington Thursday seeking funds to accelerate construction of the 'Subway to the Sea.'