Transportation

12:38pm

Fri April 19, 2013
Transportation

California's high-speed rail gets first contractor

California's planned high-speed rail system (via flickr user Richard Masoner)

The first construction phase for California’s high-speed rail plan to link San Francisco and Los Angeles in under three hours has a builder. And the bid came in $200 million under expectations. 

The California High Speed Rail Authority has chosen the Tutor Perini/Zachry/Parsons joint venture as the winning bid for initial construction on the first 28-mile segment of the the line in California’s Central Valley between Madera and Fresno.

"Today is a significant milestone," Authority CEO Jeff Morales said in a statement. 

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6:34pm

Thu April 18, 2013
Transportation

Golden Gate Toll Booth

Bikes are a common sight around San Francisco, and one of the most celebrated city experiences is biking across the Golden Gate. If you do that on a regular basis, you’ve surely noticed that there are no more toll collecting officers on the Bridge. Earlier this month, we spoke with Jacquie Dean who worked for 18 years in a Golden Gate Bride Toll Booth. After airing her story, we asked what listeners thought about the new toll system.

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4:55pm

Wed April 10, 2013
Transportation

San Francisco Airport bans rideshare app companies from taxi line

The taxi line at SFO (photo via flickr user photonburst)

 

Last month, San Francisco International Airport issued cease-and-desist orders to six different app-based rideshare companies like LyftSideCar, and UberX.

These companies connect regular drivers –not licensed taxi or limo drivers– to passengers via smartphone app. The driver gets paid through a voluntary donation, also done through the app.

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9:49am

Sun April 7, 2013
Transportation

BART and unions begin contract negotiations

(photo by Keoki Seu via Flickr)

BART contracts for its union workers – who make up almost 90 percent of BART’s over 3,000 employees – are set to expire on June 30th. That’s sent BART and union leaders to the negotiating table. Both sides are hoping to avoid the bitter and contentious fight that happened during the last contract negotiations in the summer of 2009.

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5:44pm

Tue April 2, 2013
Transportation

Ostriches and other memories from 18 years on the Golden Gate Bridge

Jacquie Dean, a bridge officer for 18 years on the Golden Gate Bridge

Last week, the Golden Gate Bridge switched to its new all-electronic tolling system. The change has been smooth, with just a few reports of confused drivers stopping at the toll plaza. For most people, it won’t be a big deal. Over three-quarters of commuters use Fastrak.

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