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4:07pm

Wed October 16, 2013
Transportation

Regulating the Google Buses: the SFMTA's plan for private shuttles

A Muni bus passes a "Google Bus" in San Franisco (photo by Sven Eberlein)
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Private shuttles have been using Muni stops in San Francisco for a while. But they’ve mostly been smaller buses, for hospitals and universities. In the past few years though, bigger charter buses for tech companies like Google and Genentech have also started to use Muni stops.

In total, the private shuttles regularly use more than 200 Muni stops around the city. San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) spokesperson Kristen Holland says the tech buses’ rising popularity has started to cause Muni delays.

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8:48pm

Tue October 15, 2013
Transportation

AC Transit seeks cooling-off period as workers threaten to strike

AC Transit workers are threatening to shut down service starting Thursday
Isabel Angell

With a potential BART strike still looming, union workers from Bay Area bus agency AC Transit are gearing up for possible strike on Thursday. ATU Local 192 gave their 72-hour notice on Monday, while the agency has asked Governor Jerry Brown for a 60-day cooling-off period to prevent a strike from disrupting about 100,000 riders around the East Bay.

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9:33am

Tue October 15, 2013
Transportation

BART update: still no strike, still no deal

A BART train pulls into the station
Isabel Angell

BART trains will continue to run on Tuesday across the Bay Area, but there’s still no deal in the six-month-long labor contract negotiations. For the third time in less than a week, BART’s unions have put off a strike to stay at the bargaining table. 

An hour after the strike deadline passed early Tuesday around 1 AM, federal mediator George Cohen told reporters the two sides were making progress.

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1:32pm

Mon October 14, 2013
Transportation

BART strike delayed, management gives "final offer"

The El Cerrito Del Norte BART Station, closed during the first BART strike in July
Isabel Angell

BART’s biggest unions called off a strike late Sunday night, but stressed they are ready to strike on Tuesday if no deal is reached. BART management gave what it called its “last and best” offer on Sunday afternoon. 

BART’s unions had previously stepped down from a strike that would have started Friday. But this time, BART said they were done negotiating.

Breaking the media gag order, BART’s General Manager Grace Crunican said the final offer gives the unions a 12 percent raise.

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8:24am

Fri October 4, 2013
Transportation

Californians want benefits of high-speed rail, not the price tag

A sign in Kings County, California declaring opposition to the state's planned high-speed rail
J. Stephen Conn via Flickr

A majority of Californians don’t want the state’s controversial high-speed rail line, says a recent poll forUSC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times. But at the same time, over two thirds of the voters surveyed said they think the project would create jobs and help the state’s economy. And 61% said a high-speed rail line would help reduce traffic at airports and on the highways. 

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