transportation

Will free buses help kids get to school?

Oct 12, 2016

 

Nidya Baez is an assistant principal at Fremont High School in Oakland. She used to bring extra cash to school, in case a student asked for bus money.

“I would hear, ‘Can I get a dollar to get on the bus?’” remembers Baez.

Hey Area: Will BART damage my hearing?

Sep 22, 2016
Eli Wirtschafter

 

Every morning, Michael Mackin gets on BART with two bags. There’s a satchel where he keeps all his work stuff, and a backpack where he carries Cooper and Jetta, his two adorable papillions.

Angela Johnston

 

In 2018, Bay Area commuters will be able to go a little bit farther on BART. The transit agency is building a 10-mile extension from the Pittsburgh station, to Antioch.

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When I started asking people about their dream transit system for the Bay Area, a lot of people said they want transit to be more convenient. My friend Chris Quines – everyone calls him Burd – plays in punk bands.

 

Eli Wirtschafter

In February, new express lanes opened on Interstate 580 near Pleasanton. These express lanes are just like carpool lanes – in most ways. They’re free for buses, motorcycles, and cars with more than one rider. But in an express lane a single driver can get in too, for a price.

Eli Wirtschafter

 

The VTA Flex pilot program ended on July 1. VTA's Chief Technology Officer Gary Miskell says they are examining other ways to deploy on-demand transit. When we reported on Flex, the challenges in providing such transit were already visible. 

Moises Olmedo, a software engineer, used to leave 50 minutes to get to work by public transit. He would walk or bike to the light rail station, wait for the train, ride for 20 minutes, and then walk the rest of the way to his job at Cisco. All this despite living just three miles away.

6/7: The future of Bay Area transit

Jun 7, 2016


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The KALW News team is looking for three experienced radio reporters to cover beats for our daily news magazine Crosscurrents and to produce spots for our new daily newscasts.

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There’s been a 45 percent increase in mental health-related calls to BART police since 2011. When officers don’t know what to do, they call Armando Sandoval.

Daily News Roundup for Thursday, March 10, 2016

Mar 10, 2016
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Snapchat, Seagate among companies duped in tax-fraud scam // SF Gate

Robin Chase changed the way we think about transportation

Super Bowl Impact: How will the big game affect your commute?

Jan 27, 2016
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Although the Super Bowl game is taking place in Santa Clara, the majority of pre-game celebrations will take place in busy downtown San Francisco and along the Embarcadero.

Daily news roundup for Monday, December 14, 2015

Dec 14, 2015
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Long neglected road maintenance is now urgent and expensive // CALmatters

Californians pay one of the highest gas taxes in the country yet we have some of the worst roads. The state needs $135 billion to repair all the roads in poor or mediocre condition that have been identified by state and local officials.

Audrey Dilling

 

 

When it’s finished, the Transbay Terminal will be a hub for 11 public transit systems – from Muni to AC Transit to California High Speed Rail – connecting people from all around the state. It’s being touted as the future “Grand Central of the West”. But right now, it’s a big hole in the ground – one that people have to travel around, rather than through.

HOLLY J. MCDEDE

 

 

The overpass dance floor fan club

For JaVonne Hatfield, overpasses are the only dance floor necessary.

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On the November 17th edition of Your Call, we’ll discuss planning for a growing Bay Area. 

How Bay Area bike groups are putting more women on two wheels

Nov 10, 2015
Lezak Shallat

 

The number of urban cyclists has skyrocketed in the Bay Area in recent years. In San Francisco, ridership increased 96 percent from 2006 to 2013. But women make up just one-third of bike riders in the city.

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This week on KALW's showcase for the best stories from public radio podcasts and independent radio producers...

  

Daily news roundup for Thursday, May 21, 2015

May 21, 2015
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SF schools are developing computer science curriculum for all grade levels // SF Examiner

Jeremy Dalmas

All week long, we've been playing this sound, and asking you to guess what exactly it is and where exactly in the Bay Area we recorded it.

This auditory guessing game is part of Audiograph, a crowd-sourced collaborative radio project mapping the Bay Area’s sonic signature. Audiograph tells the story of where you live, and the people who live there with you. Every Thursday, we tell you the story behind our weekly mystery sound on Crosscurrents, and here in weekly blog posts.

Listen above for the full answer...

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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.

Transportation and weddings are both multi-billion dollar industries--and if you're a business person, that means opportunity for reinvention. From the way we buy for our weddings, to the way we get from here to there, women are coming up with new ways to connect us to the things and services we want.

On this episode of Inflection Point, we talk with Kira Wampler of Lyft and Ilana Stern of Weddington Way.

Women driving the new economy. That's our inflection point.  

On the March 13, 2015 edition of 99% Invisible:


This is the story about a small business that helps San Francisco’s LGBTQ community and its friends get around the city in style. It’s called Homobiles, and it's a non-commercial, volunteer, 24/7 car service.

Daily news roundup for Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Feb 10, 2015
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Locally and Nationally, renters pay dearly to cut commutes // SF GATE

San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee is backing a proposal to build a second BART tunnel to connect with the East Bay. According to documents released after his State of the City address, last week, he plans to begin a conversation with other mayors and the BART Board.

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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?

Isabel Angell

Part of getting older means you can’t get around like you used to. Maybe you can’t drive a car anymore, or hike up those big San Francisco hills to catch the bus.

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