BART board members are expected to sign off on funding Thursday for a fleet of 252 new cars that would cut down on overcrowding.
Read more from the source: BART Board to Vote on $18M for 252 New Train Cars
California adopts first-in-the-nation requirement that trucks go electric
State air regulators on Thursday approved a rule that forces automakers to sell a minimum number of zero-emissions big rigs, delivery vans and large pickups, starting in 2024. The move by the California Air Resources Control Board is meant to combat dirty air and address climate change.
Mark Your Calendar! BART Service to Milpitas and San Jose Starts June 13
“BART service to Milpitas and San Jose will begin on Saturday, June 13, 2020!”
Routes: Airlines plan more service resumptions for SFO this summer
As coronavirus-related restrictions continue to ease, airlines are moving cautiously into their summer schedules with a touch of optimism about rising levels of passenger demand for both domestic and international flights. More overseas routes are coming back to San Francisco International in June and July, while United and American are scheduling an expansion of international service from all their hubs. Those two carriers are also expecting to expand domestic operations in July. Meanwhile, American pulls out of Oakland, offers double miles and reopens some Admirals Clubs; Delta extends its seat-blocking policy into September; and Frontier starts temperature checks.
Protests, Rallies Continue in Bay Area – NBC Bay Area
Check here for the latest updates on demonstrations in the Bay Area.
The pandemic is making people reconsider city living, trading traffic for chickens
SAN FRANCISCO - For 49 years, Jinky Demarest de Rivera has lived and thrived in dense, vibrant cities. The nonprofit finance director grew up in Manhattan and for the past 16 years has made a home in Oakland, where they live with their wife, Sara Demarest de Rivera, and dog, Onyx. Now the family is packing everything up for a large house in New York's rural Hudson River Valley with enough room for chickens. Two months of sheltering in place in their rented two-bedroom apartment gave the pair some unexpected clarity about what was important to them. And new policies letting them work remotely indefinitely at their respective jobs gave them an opportunity to do something about it. They wanted to be closer to their aging parents on the East Coast, and saw no hope of ever owning in one of the most expensive real estate markets in the country. "There's nowhere we want to be other than with our families right now. It's really heartbreaking to be far away," said Sara Demarest de Rivera, who grew up in rural Maine and is excited to get back to her roots. "We've gained a lot from living in the city, but as we get older, and going through this pandemic, we see the value of being close to family and having land." They aren't the only ones making a big move. After months of forced stillness, unable to make many major decisions or follow through on some already planned, people are jumping into one of the biggest life changes there is and moving out of cities. For some, it's a chance to be closer to family, which feels more urgent in the midst of a global health scare. For a large swath of people in the country's most expensive cities, it's a way to get more living space and be closer to nature, something increasingly made possible by the growing trend of remote work. And for many others it's not really a decision at all, but a...
PoC Transportation Leaders Call for Antiracist Action from Their Community – Streetsblog USA
Better walking, biking, and transit
Why Vehicle Attacks Against Protesters Are Rising
Drivers have repeatedly targeted George Floyd demonstrations with vehicle ramming attacks — a lethal terror tactic fueled in part by far-right memes.
Support faster transit in Santa Clara County to bring back ridership – Green Caltrain
Transit ridership has been steeply down with many people traveling less in the pandemic. There are opportunities to make transit better to bring riders back and ensure that transit can thrive in th…
3 things to know before traveling in California this summer
Vacation season is dawning on the Golden State just as Gov. Gavin Newsom begins to loosen shelter-in-place rules.
Is BART running out of money? Budget showing serious shortfalls
Confronted with the worst financial crisis in its 48-year history, BART managed to scrape together a $915 million budget to survive for one year.
VTA-BART Extension Into South Bay Marks a Milestone
The long-awaited joint effort to bring BART to the South Bay is set to mark another milestone Tuesday as officials take the final step before opening the Berryessa Station in San Jose. The Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority and Bay Area Rapid Transit will hold a signing ceremony to certify the safety and security of VTA’s Silicon Valley Berryessa Extension. The ceremony begins at 10 a.m. at the Berryessa Transit Center, 925 Berryessa Station Way in San Jose. Officials from both agenc...
Donald Trump 'announces' Bay Area transit funding that occurred weeks ago
On Tuesday morning, President Donald Trump "announced" on Twitter that three Bay Area agencies would receive over $700 million in federal funds. In an email sent to SFGATE, BART Chief Communications Officer Alicia Trost confirmed that the president was referring to funds already allocated months ago from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act. "I am proud to announce the San Francisco Bay Area will receive over $700M in federal funds to support continued operations and ...
BART, national transit agencies call for $33 billion to keep trains, buses running
BART joins other large transit agencies in calling for $33 billion in federal aid to keep buses and trains running nationwide. BART says it needs $600 million.
Session 4: Family Biking - How to Bike Safely with Adults and Kids of Any Age
Description This is the fourth session of a 5-week webinar series hosted by Commute.org and Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition (SVBC) aiming to answer all your questions about bicycling. This week the bike experts will offer tips for riding with your family.
Could Crisis Help Push for Bay Area Transit Integration? – Streetsblog San Francisco
Covering San Francisco's livable streets movement
PoliceOne COVID-19 Innovation Series: How to manage today’s challenges while preparing for long-term impacts
A PoliceOne Event, sponsored by Amazon Web Services The COVID-19 pandemic is forcing law enforcement agencies to rethink how to meet their mission-critical demands while keeping the public and their officers safe, and agencies are turning to new and developing technologies to help them adapt. From dashboards that offer a real-time view into data to tools that enable remote call centers, health screenings, staff safety and health tracking, to remote parole check-in and remote communication wit...
Will the coronavirus pandemic empty the cities?
“It depends on who we’re talking about and how long it lasts,” said urban theorist Richard Florida. “If it’s a family with young kids, the thing that might drive people out of the city is the desire for private amenities, like being able to let the kids play in a backyard."
DMV Extends Learner’s Permits for Teens and Other New Drivers – NBC Bay Area
Addressing a frequent question from concerned teenagers and their families, the California Department of Motor Vehicles on Friday extended the validity of...
BART adds San Jose to its map, though extension has no opening date
BART added two stations to its X-shaped map this week, a symbolic step toward its dream of reaching Silicon Valley.
Covid-19 is helping cities kill the car
Mineta San Jose joins other Bay Area airports in mask requirements
Mineta San Jose International Airport Monday joined SFO and Oakland International Airport in requiring travelers and airport workers to wear masks.
DMV to Reopen 5 Bay Area Offices Friday – NBC Bay Area
California’s Department of Motor Vehicles announced it will reopen a number of offices statewide on Friday, including five in the San Francisco Bay Area.
The post-shutdown Bay Area commute may be hell
As both state and local shelter-in-place orders are showing signs of relaxing , residents are starting to think about eventually getting back to work and what that may look like. But with social distancing being a part of life now, many may choose to avoid crowded BART trains, Muni buses and even casual carpools with strangers, and instead opt to get to work in their own vehicles. A new study reveals how this may affect Bay Area traffic - and it's not good.
Santa Clara County Transit Riders Must Wear Face Coverings Starting Monday – NBC Bay Area
Starting Monday, all passengers must wear a covering that covers their nose and mouth while riding on Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority buses and...
Caltrans Honors 189 Fallen Highway Workers at 30th Annual Memorial
District: Headquarters Contact: Tamie McGowen Phone: (916) 919-3357 SACRAMENTO — Caltrans is honoring the lives of 189 highway workers today who died keeping others safe at its 30th annual memorial near the Caltrans Workers Memorial Bridge (formerly known as the Bryte Bend Bridge) spanning the Sacramento River. To remember the fallen workers who built and maintained the state’s transportation system, Caltrans is placing 189 orange traffic cones bearing the name of every worker lost since 1921...
Vehicle Safety Standards Don’t Protect Pedestrians
U.S. federal safety standards measure how well *drivers* fare in a crash — but make no effort to protect pedestrians they hit. Join us at the virtual Shared Mobility Summit on May 5-6 for powerful plenary speakers, hyper-relevant sessions, small-group discussions, a virtual Startup Spotlight, a virtual expo, and a hosted reception. We’ll address how transit and shared mobility can respond and recover from COVID-19 and work for everyone. REGISTER TODAY. Federal regulators have failed to consid...
VTA's BART Silicon Valley Phase II
The largest single public infrastructure project ever constructed in Santa Clara County, VTA's BART Silicon Valley Phase II Project (Phase II) will extend BART service six-miles from the Berryessa Transit Center into downtown San José and terminating in Santa Clara. Phase II is estimated to carry 52,000 passengers to destinations throughout the Bay Area by 2035.
Uber CTO departs as company considers laying off 5,400 staffers
Uber is considering laying off 20% of staff as the pandemic causes its business to plunge, a report says. Thuan Pham, the company’s chief technology officer, is departing, the company said.
Coronavirus Bay Area: BART may give out free face masks to riders
SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- The Chronicle reports the transit agency has ordered more than 300,000 masks for its employees.Once the workers are taken care of BART will then consider distributing masks to people on the trains.Riders are required to wear...
What's the Path Forward for Bay Area Public Transit?
Leaders at the Bay Area's public transit agencies are dealing with a massive fiscal crisis that happened seemingly overnight.
New report shows Golden Gate Bridge traffic down over 70 percent
Between April 5-11, Golden Gate Bridge traffic was down 71.5 percent from the same period in April of 2019.
Coronavirus updates: Solano County extends shelter-in-place order to May 17
The California Department of Motor Vehicles is waiving late fees and extending deadlines for several services including expired vehicle registrations and licenses amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Citations for speeding over 100 mph jumps 87% compared to last year, CHP says
SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- The California Highway Patrol says the absence of traffic due to the novel coronavirus pandemic is not an invitation to speed. Despite there being fewer cars on the road, the CHP is seeing a drastic increase in speeding and issuing a lot more tickets. RELATED: 'Straight up irresponsible': CHP tickets driver going 139 mph on East Bay highway For a one-month period starting March 19, when the stay-at-home order started, officers have issued 87% more citations to drivers s...
Coronavirus: Shelter in place speeds up several major Bay Area transportation projects
Caltrans is taking advantage of the empty lanes, accelerating everything from guardrail installation and pothole plugging to big projects that typically tie up traffic for weeks or months. BART, which is stopping its trains hours early each night, is also taking advantage of the shelter-in-place.
WETA Awarded Grant to Build All-Electric Ferry
Rendering of the future Mission Bay Ferry Landing, courtesy of the Port of San Francisco >> Download PDF of press release >> Visit our Media Center SAN FRANCISCO | April 21, 2020 – The San Francisco Bay Area Water Emergency Transportation Authority (WETA) today announced that it has been awarded a $9 million grant from the California State Transportation Agency (CalSTA) to build an all-electric passenger ferry to serve the Mission Bay neighborhood of San Francisco. The grant, awarded through ...
Uber Connect lets you deliver things to friends and family https://venturebeat.com/2020/04/20/uber-connect-lets-you-deliver-things-to-friends-and-family/
Uber Connect lets you deliver things to friends and family
Uber has launched Direct and Connect, which opens the company's vast transport network to many more use cases and could help get drivers back to work.
City of Las Vegas invests $1.5m in intelligent transportation technology https://www.smartcitiesworld.net/news/news/city-of-las-vegas-invests-15m-in-intelligent-transportation-technology-5209
City of Las Vegas invests $1.5m in intelligent transportation technology
SenSen Networks’ AI-based technology will initially be used to automate the enforcement of hundreds of bylaws associated with regulating traffic and parking on city streets.
Local forms cycling group to clean up streets
Philosopher Johann Wolfgang von Goethe once said, Let everyone sweep in front of his own door, and the whole world will be clean.
BART to Silicon Valley Phase 2 – time to prune costs – Green Caltrain
As the lockdown response needed to save lives from the pandemic opens deep holes in public sector budgets, the escalated costs of the next phase of the BART Silicon Valley project are looking ever …
Cities are starting to report big declines in car crashes, but increases in speeding
Night is falling on pandemic-paralysed New York. From the Bronx to the Rockaways, the city’s usually thronged streets are mostly empty of pedestrians and drivers alike. But as darkness gathers, the persistent whine of car engines, running at high speeds, can be heard in the neighbourhoods that lie along the city’s Robert Moses–era highways. The noise carries for miles in the odd silence of quarantine, mixing with the distant, near-constant wail of sirens to create a nightmarish soundtrack for...