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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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BART’s bond measure: aiming too low?

Over the past few weeks, BART and Los Angeles’ Metro have each made big headlines, albeit for very different reasons. In the Bay Area, BART’s ongoing mechanical problems are the latest reminder of the system’s poor state of repair and constrained capacity. BART leaders have highlighted the need for reinvestment in the system via a […]

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Seven findings from BART’s station profile survey

About every seven years, BART commissions a survey of its stations to learn more about who is riding and where he/she is going. BART’s last survey was done in 2008, prior to the Great Recession and the tech boom. Preliminary results are out for the 2015 survey, and they include some interesting findings: 1. 45 […]

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Alameda’s Central Avenue Project moves forward, but weak links remain

Alameda’s Central Avenue Complete Streets Project passed a key milestone in receiving city council approval to move forward into final design. As we’ve previously covered, safety improvements are badly needed along the corridor: it is home to 2,500+ students at several schools, as well as notable destinations such as Webster Street, Washington Park and Crab […]

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Vision Zero or Zero Vision: when will Berkeley fix its unsafe streets?

On February 2nd, Megan Schwarzman was run over by a car while bicycling along Fulton Street near Bancroft Way. Meghan was hit by Berwick Haynes, who was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of drugs. A mother and scientist at the Berkeley School of Public Health, Megan was wearing fluorescent green safety gear […]

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Where should a second Transbay Tube go?

There is a growing consensus that building a second Transbay Tube is critical to the Bay Area’s future. Transbay ridership has skyrocketed in recent years – MTC’s ongoing Core Capacity Study estimates that peak hour Transbay transit capacity operated at 96 percent capacity in 2014, and ridership has continued to increase since then despite extremely […]

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