Apr 21 by GJEL Staff

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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Apr 15 by jason

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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Apr 04 by GJEL Staff

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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Mar 28 by GJEL Staff

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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Mar 21 by GJEL Staff

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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Mar 14 by GJEL Staff

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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Mar 07 by GJEL Staff

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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Mar 02 by GJEL Staff

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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Feb 23 by GJEL Staff

Illegal parking continues to plague Oakland’s buffered bike lanes

Oakland’s new buffered bike lanes continue to experience frequent blockages due to illegal double parking. Robert Prinz of Bike East Bay recently posted a video of Webster Street in which delivery trucks and several cars associated with Pandora’s valet service used the buffered bike lane as a loading zone. A few blocks away along 17th…

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Feb 17 by GJEL Staff

Oakland’s initial ‘Plan Downtown’ concepts fall short of equity and sustainability goals

The Bay Area is in desperate need of housing, especially affordable housing in walkable and bikeable neighborhoods located near transit. Downtown Oakland presents a tremendous opportunity to achieve measurable progress in combating the regional housing crisis, especially as it relates to equity and sustainability – few locations in the Bay Area rival its accessible location…

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