How the deal fell through: An annotated guide to the Oakland Airport connector from November 2000 when Alameda County voters approved a sales tax for a list of transportation improvements--to February 10, 2010 when the project was found to be not in compliance with the Civil Rights Act.
Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit board members on Wednesday urged a multipronged attack as it continues to search for $155 million to complete a Marin-to-Sonoma commuter train project....Some of the ideas kicked around at the meeting included finding federal money for the bike path portion of the rail project, which would allow sales tax money to go to the train. Another possibility is using money intended for other Bay Area projects that are not ready to be built.
A controversial proposal to start building the Sonoma-Marin commute rail system in Marin County first while looking for federal funds to bridge a $155 million financial gap was discarded by rail authorities Wednesday. Instead, Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit officials said they'll work closely with the Metropolitan Transportation Commission, which is trying to find regional funds to pay for opening the entire line in 2014.
Pittsburg says it will withdraw from a regional transportation fee-collection agency unless its contributions are spent on projects involving the city....Pittsburg leaders say regional road projects that would affect their city have not received a proportionate amount of funding....Pittsburg joined the group when it was created in 1994 in part to fund the James Donlon extension, a planned expressway through the hills of undeveloped land south of Pittsburg.
Nineteen public transit operators are in line to get a portion of $70 million in economic stimulus grants to buy, fix or upgrade buses, rail cars and other equipment after last week's federal decision to deny BART the funds for a rail extension to Oakland International Airport...AC Transit is getting more than $6 million for preventive maintenance on buses. The Santa Clara Valley Transit Authority is getting $12.2 million toward replacing 107 hybrid buses. Caltrain gets $2.7 million for seismic upgrades on four railroad bridges in San Mateo County.
Just a reminder: not only did Muni operators refuse to offer any concessions at all, but they will also be getting at least $8 million in raises next year. That's on top of the $3,000 check that each Muni operator receives annually, supposedly for dependent health care. Sixty percent of Muni operators don't have dependents.
"The reality is there is cause and effect," Mayor Gavin Newsom said. The Muni union's decision Tuesday to reject negotiated concessions "will have the effect of hurting the riding public, and I find that wrong on every level when you are accepting a wage increase in this environment." Muni operators are set to receive raises totaling $8 million in the next fiscal year.
The cameras went up across the state's highways in November 2008. Since then, Department of Public Safety spokesman Bart Graves says drivers have been slowing down and paying attention.
Despite a pledge to freeze total non-defense, non-homeland security discretionary spending in his fiscal 2011 budget request, President Obama proposed to increase the Department of Transportation's budget nearly $2 billion to $79 billion. Here's what transportation experts think.
The UC, which stands for Urban Commuter, is a custom built electric car. From the outside, it looks similar in form to other two seat city cars. Its performance stats aren't particularly impressive either, with a top speed of 75 mph, torque at 96 pound-feet, and a range of only 65 miles...But the car is only part of a larger transportation scheme. It is designed to be easily loaded on special rail transport cars for long trips.