Transportation

5:57pm

Wed April 9, 2014
Transportation

Checking out of Hotel 22

Helen Garcia in Downtown San Jose, where she now has an apartment.
Isabel Angell

While I was reporting “Finding a home on Hotel 22” about the way some homeless use Line 22 in Santa Clara County as a shelter, I looked up the bus line on Yelp. I found a bunch of reviews, mostly from regular riders of the bus. 

People said pretty typical things, like “love those fast aggressive male drivers” and “bus drivers please lower the bus so I can get my bike on the rack easier.”

But the one that caught my eye was from Helen Garcia. She wrote:

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5:56pm

Wed April 9, 2014
Transportation

Finding a home on Hotel 22

Elizabeth Garber talks to the bus driver at the Palo Alto Transit Center
Isabel Angell

I’m on the Valley Transportation Authority’s Line 22 bus somewhere between East San Jose and Palo Alto. It’s 2:30 AM, and it’s raining. I start a conversation with a man sitting down, and ask him if he’s heard the nickname for the bus.

“Yeah, well there's the Motel 22 or Hotel 22. That's the big one I've heard.”

I ask him what he calls the bus.

“I call it home.”

That’s Michael Garber. He’s spending the night on the bus with his wife, Elizabeth.  

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4:35pm

Wed February 19, 2014
Transportation

The glory that was the original Bay Bridge

Courtesy of San Francisco History Center, San Francisco Public Library

Nearly 80 years ago the Bay Bridge was described in a live broadcast on NBC Radio as “the largest, longest, and greatest completed highway bridge in the world.”

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7:14pm

Mon January 27, 2014
Transportation

Voices on the bus: the people who depend on AC Transit

Long-time AC Transit rider Walter Davis gets off the bus at 14th and Market in Oakland.
Isabel Angell

East Bay bus agency AC Transit doesn’t have the ridership or wide-reaching reputation of BART or San Francisco’s Muni. But about 100,000 people take an AC Transit bus every day-- and those riders are disproportionately lower-income, elderly, and less likely to own a car.

Over the past few years, the AC Transit has seen deep service cuts and major fare increases. At two dollars and ten cents, it’s the Bay Area’s most expensive most expensive local bus ride.

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4:30pm

Thu January 9, 2014
Transportation

Will Bay Area Bike Share expand on its downtown success?

The Bay Area Bike Share station in front of San Francisco City Hall.
Isabel Angell

The success of Bay Area Bike Share depends on one place: downtown San Francisco. Back in August, the program. made a well-calculated gamble and stuck half the bikes in an area covering downtown, the Financial District, and South of Market. Basically, if bike share doesn’t work there, it won’t work in the Bay Area.

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