Transportation

5:35pm

Wed April 15, 2015
Transportation

Where is San Francisco's transportation system headed?

Under CC license from Flickr user Phil Dokas

 

A new report from the Dutch mapping company TomTom ranks San Francisco the second most congested city in the country; only Los Angeles is worse. And in times of gridlock, people often choose to take public transit, bike, or even walk in order to avoid driving. It’s the job of the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) to make those alternatives as appealing as possible.

Tom Nolan is chairman of the SFMTA. Nolan has served on transportation boards throughout the Bay Area, including SamTrans and Caltrain. Now, as Muni's chair, he’s presiding over the board at a time of rapid change. Tom Nolan sat down with KALW’s Raja Shah to talk about the current state of public transit in San Francisco and where it might be heading.

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6:05pm

Wed February 11, 2015
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 a.m., 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.”

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2:21pm

Wed January 21, 2015

12:50pm

Mon November 3, 2014
Transportation

Remembering Car Talk's Tom Magliozzi

Tom Magliozzi (1937-2014)
Richard Howard

This week, NPR lost a close member of the family. Tom Magliozzi, co-host of Car Talk, passed away at age 77 from complications of Alzheimer's Disease. On this week's special edition of Car Talk, Ray Magliozzi will honor his older brother with his own memories, and his favorite Tom moments from the show.  Saturday, November 8 at 9am on KALW.

Read Susan Stamberg's remembrance here.

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5:02pm

Wed October 29, 2014
Transportation

San Francisco's Prop. L: Are motorists being put at the back of the bus?

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San Francisco paints itself as a green city, a city of walkers and bicyclists, a transportation friendly city. But some say San Francisco has taken its pro-pedestrian stance too far.

A group called the Restore Transportation Balance Coalition wants to take back the roads. That’s the goal of Proposition L, a declaration of policy to make the city’s parking meters, garages and traffic laws more car-friendly. But at what cost?

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