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Robin Chase changed the way we think about transportation

Daily news roundup for Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Feb 10, 2016
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New express lanes opening on I-580 // San Jose Mercury News

“Bay Area drivers, the era of highway express lanes is dawning.

“Starting this month, a 14-mile stretch of carpool lanes that will double as toll lanes -- allowing solo drivers to use them for a price -- will open on Interstate 580 from Dublin to Livermore.

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.

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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.

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The overpass dance floor fan club

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

Daily news roundup for Monday, November 23, 2015

Nov 23, 2015
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Finally, Good News on the School to Prison Pipeline // New America Media

"Studies show that the vast majority of youth in the juvenile justice system were suspended from school before winding up incarcerated or on probation. And the majority of adult inmates in state prisons around the country were once in the juvenile system. Hence the pipeline – from school suspension to juvenile hall to the penitentiary."

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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
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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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Since 2008, San Franciscans have signed off on more than two billion dollars worth of bonds. A bond is a loan taken out by the city to pay for big projects. But who keeps track of all that money?

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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 Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Jun 30, 2015
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California legislature passes strict school vaccine bill // KRON

 

“State lawmakers on Monday sent Gov. Jerry Brown a controversial vaccine bill that would impose one of the strictest school immunizations laws in the country.

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

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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.

Daily news roundup for Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Apr 14, 2015
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BART can’t keep pace with rising 'crush loads’ // SF Gate

"With a familiar beep-beep, a Fremont-bound BART train rumbles into MacArthur Station in Oakland and an equally familiar routine begins. Hundreds of passengers exit. Most walk, some jog, across the platform and form neat lines as a San Francisco train rolls in.

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:

Finding a home on Hotel 22

Feb 11, 2015
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.”


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.

Daily news roundup for Thursday, January 22, 2015

Jan 22, 2015
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Liza Veale

Earlier this fall San Francisco Muni buses displayed an ad that may have upset you. Or angered you. Or made you feel threatened. The Muni ad was part of an anti-Islam campaign calling itself the American Freedom Defense Initiative, or AFDI. It wasn’t the first time AFDI’s ads ran on Muni buses and it probably won’t be the last.

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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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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.

At about 1:30am, after a night out with friends, Kyle Nichols-Schmolze is waiting for the AC Transit 800 bus near Market and Van Ness in San Francisco’s Civic Center.

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