Feb 09 by GJEL Staff

A missed connection at SMART’s Larkspur Station

After years of planning, Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit (SMART), a 43 mile rail line between San Rafael and the Santa Rosa Airport, is nearly complete and expected to open in late 2016. SMART will provide a much-needed rapid transit alternative to Highway 101, serving growing job markets in Marin and Sonoma County. In a follow-up…

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Jan 29 by GJEL Staff

Oakland pedestrian enforcement operation includes jaywalking tickets, provides fashion tips

The Oakland Police Department issued a press release on Wednesday announcing a pedestrian safety enforcement operation on Monday, February 1st. The press release notes increasing rates of pedestrian collisions (876 total in Oakland over the past three years) and highlights key planned enforcement activities to promote pedestrian safety: “Special attention will be directed toward drivers…

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Nov 23 by GJEL Staff

Sprawling freeway interchange wins ‘Best Urban Design’ award in Inland Empire

The American Planning Association (APA), a professional organization for urban planners, claims to “provide leadership in the development of vital communities by advocating excellence in planning, promoting education and citizen empowerment, and providing the tools and support necessary to meet the challenges of growth and change.” However, it’s often difficult to reconcile the organization’s principles…

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Sep 17 by jason

New pedestrian safety banners target San Francisco’s most dangerous streets

As of yesterday, pedestrian safety banners are now flying in SoMa. The banners, proclaiming “Slow Down!” and followed with either “We live here” or “I live here” are part of the Vision Zero safety measure that hopes to eliminate all traffic related deaths in San Francisco by 2024. With about 60 percent of all pedestrian…

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Aug 17 by jason

Caltrans’ zombie highways

Last week, we examined the I-80 Smart Corridor project and its highway-like approach to San Pablo Avenue. To recap, Caltrans has exercized its jurisdiction over San Pablo Avenue (as State Route 123) to provide capacity relief for I-80, despite San Pablo’s neighborhood-oriented characteristics and lack of statewide significance. As another proof of San Pablo Avenue’s…

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Aug 10 by jason

The I-80 Smart Corridor’s dumb approach to San Pablo Avenue

If you’ve recently traveled along I-80 in the East Bay, you may have noticed new electronic signage and metering lights. Caltrans is currently putting the finishing touches on the I-80 Smart Corridor project, a new approach to managing traffic congestion along one of the region’s worst corridors. The Smart Corridor project uses a sophisticated Intelligent…

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Jul 28 by jason

Engineers behaving badly: Oakland’s pedestrian signal fail

Oakland has a lot of strange, poorly-designed pedestrian signals, but we think we’ve found the worst example in the City at the intersection of Grand Avenue and Euclid Avenue. By over-engineering a simple sidewalk, Oakland has created a more hazardous condition where thousands of people break the law every day. Along Grand Avenue at Euclid…

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