Transportation Nation


Wed August 21, 2013

Sky cowboys: The ironworkers who built the new Bay Bridge

Two ironworkers on a barge, under a huge crane (via Jerry Kubala Jr.)

The first thing you should know about ironworkers is that they don’t make things out of iron, like horseshoes. They’re builders. Ironworkers from Local 377 built the Golden Gate Bridge, the Transamerica Tower, and the Bank of America skyscraper right here in San Francisco. Today, the union’s biggest and most eye-catching project is the new Bay Bridge’s signature suspension span – the huge white tower and cables that reach over five hundred feet into the sky. The second thing you should know is that they’re pretty ballsy.

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Fri August 16, 2013

Cracked bolts and all, new Bay Bridge opening Labor Day

The new eastern span of the Bay Bridge, which opens to traffic on Tuesday, September 3
Isabel Angell

The new eastern span of the Bay Bridge will open the day after Labor Day. After postponing the opening indefinitely in July, the bridge’s oversight committee voted to restore the original date at a meeting on Thursday. The cracked bolts in the new bridge are apparently better than the totally unsafe old bridge, which wouldn't survive a minor earthquake.

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Thu August 1, 2013

Transit-oriented developments are taking the Bay Area back to the future

The Contra Costa Centre, another TOD in unincorporated Walnut Creek (Isabel Angell)

The Bay Area is one of the most congested places in the whole country ­– behind Los Angeles and Honolulu. Over the next 30 years, another two million people are expected to move here. So, how are we are all going to fit?

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Wed July 31, 2013

SFPD starts Twitter account to combat bike theft

A screenshot of the SFPD's new Twitter feed devoted to bike theft (

The San Francisco Police Department estimated in a report this year that over 4,000 bicycles were stolen in the city in 2012. Police recovered 864 of those, but only got 142 back to their owners. So one enterprising officer, Matt Friedman, started a Twitter account devoted to bike theft, @SFPDBikeTheft, to help close that gap.

The account, which went live last Friday, puts out stolen bike alerts, pictures of bikes the SFPD has recovered, and tips to prevent getting a bike stolen in the first place.

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Mon July 22, 2013

A "quick fix" might open Bay Bridge by Labor Day

A still of the Bay Bridge from a live camera (via MTC)

After all that, the Bay Bridge could open on Labor Day after all. That’s if a new solution – being called the “quick fix”– is approved to temporarily stabilize the structure’s broken bolts.

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