Transportation

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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6:30pm

Mon March 18, 2013
Transportation

BART tries out letting bikes on board during commute hours

A bike commuter rides BART during a pilot period that allows bikes on trains during peak hours.
Isabel Angell

Usually, bikes aren’t allowed on San Francisco-bound BART trains during peak morning commute hours, or back to the East Bay in the evening. And they’re not allowed in the 19th Street or 12th Street stations during commute hours at all. But this week, BART has opened up all hours and stations to bikers. It’s a trial period, and to make it work, BART officials and cycling groups are urging to riders follow the rules: no bikes on the first three cars during peak hours, and no bikes on crowded trains.

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4:50pm

Wed March 13, 2013
Transportation

Anti-Islam ads return to Muni

A controversial Muni ad from last year's campaign by the American Freedom Defense Initiative (photo from flickr user Steve Rhodes)

Many San Franciscans were shocked by anti-Islam advertisements that appeared on ten Muni buses Monday. The ads show inflammatory quotes by Islamic fundamentalists accompanied by a picture of the speaker, an anonymous terrorist, and in one case, a victim. One shows a picture of Osama Bin Laden next to the quote: “The first thing that we are calling you is to Islam,” alongside an image of the burning World Trade Center.

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5:54pm

Sun March 10, 2013
Transportation

California is least improved in highway conditions

The I-880 freeway in Oakland, Calif.
Julie Caine

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