Throughout the Bay Area and across the country transit agencies are laying out emergency plans and bracing for possible exposure to the virus.
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...
CA DMV Extends All Expiring Driver Licenses Due To COVID-19 Shelter In Place https://sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com/2020/04/14/ca-dmv-extends-all-expiring-driver-licenses-due-to-covid-19-shelter-in-place/
CA DMV Extends All Expiring Driver Licenses Due To COVID-19 Shelter In Place
SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) – There is some relief for drivers with licenses that expire during California’s shelter in place who haven’t been able to renew. The California Department of Motor Vehicles is extending all expiring licenses due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Drivers 70 and over will automatically get an extension for 120 days and will receive a notice in the mail. Younger drivers, whose licenses expire between March and May 2020 get an extension through May 31, 2020. Commercial drivers lic...
Bike Advocacy Organizations Move Bike Classes Online: Bike-Friendly Driver Training Tonight – Streetsblog California
Sustainable Transportation in the Golden State
Coronavirus: Bay Area cities should just get rid of crosswalk buttons
Emeryville doing away with do-nothing health hazards.
The future of mobility must be more inclusive
Emeryville announces plan to eliminate 'beg buttons' at crosswalks in response to COVID-19
"You no longer need to press pedestrian push buttons," O'Connell said, explaining that the buttons would be automatically activated when the traffic light changed. "We're doing this as a COVID-19 response to help mitigate the spread of the virus."
74 miles of Oakland streets will close to cars to give walkers, bicyclists exercise room during coronavirus stay-home order
Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf said Thursday she will banish cars from residential streets throughout the city, opening more space for bicyclists and walkers.
Public Comment Begins on San Jose Creek Bridge Project
Caltrans District 5 will accept public comments on a proposal to replace the San Jose Creek Bridge on US Highway 101 near the junction with State Route 217 in the City of Goleta. This bridge replacement will ensure the reliability of the highway and would be designed as a single-span that would meet current bridge standards. This project would also include a standard bicycle pedestrian path on the northbound side of State Route 217. This project will not offer the opportunity for a public mee...
BART trains are mostly empty, but that doesn’t stop gate jumpers — some cars downright scary
Despite sharp BART ridership drop and stay in place order, fare cheats continue to plague the system. That’s even more difficult to deal with during a pandemic