With the new eastern span of the bridge scheduled to open in 2013, government planners are floating the idea of a much different role for the 1.5-mile-long strip: a park that would celebrate the bridge and the region, with attractions scaled to the immense cranes of the nearby Port of Oakland...."It's a challenging site, but ... this could be a park unlike any in the world," said Karen Alschuler of Perkins + Will, the architecture firm hired by nine public agencies to oversee a design process expected to take at least a year.
The intent is to give bus drivers and ferry workers a code they can refer to in case there are any disputes on board as people talk on cell phones, put laptops on seats and leave garbage.
Estimates of ticket prices between Los Angeles and San Francisco have nearly doubled in the project's latest business plan, pushing ridership projections down sharply and prompting new skepticism about data underpinning the entire project. "This just smells funny," said state Sen.
In 1999, the year after the infamous "Muni meltdown" unraveled public confidence in San Francisco's transit system, city voters gave overwhelming support to a ballot measure that promised to "reform the Municipal Railway once and for all."...Three times in the past two decades San Francisco voters have approved measures that promised to improve Muni, the Bay Area's busiest transit system with a daily ridership nearing 700,000...Supervisor Sean Elsbernd has proposed an initiative for the November election that would address the salaries, benefits and work rules for Muni operators, who now ar
The pleas, threats and complaints of hundreds of Muni riders Friday persuaded the Municipal Transportation Agency board to dump a plan to raise the price of monthly passes for seniors, youths and the disabled but failed to stop major service cuts to help close a $12.1 million deficit in the current budget.
The Metropolitan Transportation Commission is holding a public meeting for Bay Area residents to learn more about and comment on plans for reducing greenhouse gas emissions from cars and light trucks....The MTC and the Association of Bay Area Governments are hosting the workshop in conjunction with the California Air Resources Board, the Bay Area Air Quality Management District and the San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission.
In an often tense Burbank community meeting on Wednesday, February 24th, project managers from the California High-Speed Rail Authority (CHSRA) presented their plan for a high-speed rail station to a room full of citizens who questioned the logic behind this behemoth of a transportation project....A below-grade corridor in Burbank would take the form of trenches.
Dilbert doesn't cut it, says Henry Petroski, author of the just-released The Essential Engineer: Why Science Alone Will Not Solve Our Global Problems, a cry from the heart for a little respect for this Rodney Dangerfield of professions...Dilbert doesn't cut it, says Henry Petroski, author of the just-relea
The main runway closes for reconstruction at today at New York JFK, a move that threatens to disrupt travelers across the USA for four months. The Associated Press writes "with about one-third of the airport's traffic and half of its departures being diverted to three smaller runways, planes will wait on longer lines on the ground for takeoffs and in the air for landings.