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On-demand bus service pilot programs not working for Bay Area transit agencies

Several Bay Area Transit agencies have recently experimented with offering on-demand bus services targeting suburban areas with traditionally low transit ridership. AC Transit, VTA, and SamTrans have each rolled out pilot programs providing “flex” services over the past year, primarily as a first/last mile connection to rail stations. Much like Uber or Lyft, passengers would […]

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“Bay Bridge Forward” to add much-needed capacity to Transbay commute

Facing crush-load BART trains, packed buses and ferries, and congested freeways, the Metropolitan Transportation Commission recently approved $40 million in near-term capacity relief. The “Bay Bridge Forward” program seeks to enhance a range of bus, carpool, and ferry solutions to maximize Transbay capacity, including: • “West Grand HOV/Bus Only Lane – Convert a shoulder of […]

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Photos from the 2016 Summer Intro to Careers in Law Program

This summer marked the fourth year our firm has hosted local high school students for a one week program offering an introduction to careers in law. Once again, a great group of high achieving students came together to learn about topics ranging from civil procedure to criminal law. Here are some photos taken during the […]

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Untangling 27th Street in Oakland

As Oakland remakes key Downtown corridors such as Telegraph, Harrison, and 20th, big changes are also in store for 27th Street. Oakland recently submitted a grant application to the state Active Transportation Program to fund complete streets improvements along 27th Street. The project offers an exciting win-win for all street users by reducing conflicts and […]

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Why is BART in the long-term airport parking business?

As BART’s ridership has surged over the past five years, the system has developed a shortage of station parking. On a typical weekday, many of BART’s lots fill up before 7:30 AM. Among those who do not secure a space, some have found alternative ways to access BART, while others are resigned to driving to […]

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7 years after cuts, restoration of off-peak BART service remains distant

Seven years ago in the midst of the Great Recession, BART significantly cut evening and Sunday service in an effort to balance its budget. Prior to cutting service, BART provided 15 minute headways – a level of frequency that supported more spontaneous travel without planning around a train schedule. BART service was cut to 20 […]

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Should self-driving vehicles be required to get a license?

Following the first fatal accident involving a self-driving vehicle, the debate has been renewed over whether autonomous cars are ready to share the road with traditional vehicles. The accident, which occurred in Florida on May 7th, resulted from a Tesla Model S colliding with a tractor-trailer that had made a left turn in front of […]

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Even Oakland parking enforcement officers are parking in Telegraph’s protected bike lanes

Oakland’s parking enforcement officers have been criticized recently for their lack of enforcement of illegal and unsafe parking behavior along Telegraph’s new protected bike lanes. Yesterday, parking enforcement was finally spotted on Telegraph ticketing parking violations. Incredibly, however, parking enforcement was not ticketing obstructions of the bike lane, but was in fact actively contributing to […]

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How to fix Telegraph Avenue’s protected bike lanes

A month after unveiling a road diet on Telegraph Avenue featuring Oakland’s first protected bike lanes, Telegraph remains a mess. Obstructions of the bike lanes are seemingly never-ending as confused and/or negligent drivers continue to park alongside the curb. While growing pains are normal for innovative projects that disrupt the status quo, the sustained chaos […]

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Should self-driving cars still have steering wheels and brake pedals?

Earlier this week, GM CEO Mary Barra said she believes self-driving vehicles should continue to include steering wheels, brake pedals and accelerators as the technology develops. The state of California has already taken this position, requiring a licensed driver at the helm of all self-driving cars. Because the technology is still in its infancy, having […]

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Oakland forgets to reinstall parking meters on busy stretch of Grand Avenue

Oakland’s Department of Transportation is finally taking shape, and it can’t come soon enough. In the latest example of poor attention to detail in street design, the City has neglected to reinstall parking meters on a busy stretch of Grand Avenue in the middle of one of the City’s densest neighborhoods. The northern sidewalk on […]

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Self-driving cars are the future, but major questions remain

Whether you like it or not, self-driving cars are coming. Slowly. Over 30 different companies are working on some form of self-driving vehicle, with the highest profile entry coming from Google, which currently boasts over 1.4 million miles of driverless testing since debuting their first car in 2009. Until recently, self-driving cars have had an […]

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After a momentous Bike to Work Day, more complete streets projects on the way

Last week’s Bike to Work day was one of the most significant in the event’s 22 year history in the East Bay. Four ribbon cuttings occurred in the cities of Oakland, Berkeley, Piedmont, and Emeryville, including three protected bike lanes. These projects represent the first wave of a significant investment in complete streets in the […]

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West Contra Costa County evaluates high capacity transit options

Without a doubt the greatest challenges facing BART are expanding core capacity and maintaining a good state of repair. At the same time, however, the Bay Area’s regional transit network is far from complete: some projects, like Caltrain electrification and BART to Silicon Valley, are moving forward, but other deserving corridors have been overlooked. One […]

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Rethinking BART to Santa Clara

After nearly two decades of planning, the timeline for completion of the Silicon Valley BART extension remains uncertain. Later this year, BART will open a five mile, $890 million extension to Warm Springs in Fremont, while the Valley Transportation Authority (VTA, working on behalf of BART) expects to open a ten mile, $2.3 billion extension […]

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A foolish outcome for Novato’s SMART stations

As the Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit (SMART) corridor nears opening day this fall, the City of Novato is having buyer’s remorse on the placement of its stations. Although SMART has already built two stations in Novato, the Novato City Council recently approved adding a third station to serve Downtown. While Downtown Novato warrants a station, […]

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Community Involvement Scholarship deadline one week away

There’s only one week left to apply for GJEL and TransForm CA’s Community Involvement Scholarship. The scholarship, which will be awarded to two students, is designed to recognize high school seniors that have shown exemplary service towards the betterment of their community. This can include; volunteer service, participation in local programs, community outreach, or activism. […]

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San Francisco’s safest streets aren’t safe enough

As San Francisco’s Vision Zero campaign struggles to reduce traffic deaths, a sobering video posted last week of a bicycle crash along Valencia Street provides yet another reminder of the City’s significant safety challenges. On Tuesday, March 29th at about 5:40 PM, a female bicyclist traveling on Valencia between 18th and 19th Streets was hit […]

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