Transportation

2:25pm

Wed January 18, 2012
Transportation

In State of State, Governor Brown Stands Behind High Speed Rail

California Governor Jerry Brown in 2010 (photo by Steve Rhodes via Flickr)

In his State of the State address today, Governor Jerry Brown didn’t give an inch on the state’s embattled high-speed rail plan.  Likening the project to the launching of BART, the Panama Canal, and the Suez Canal, Brown said: “Those who believe California is in decline will naturally shrink back from such a strenuous undertaking,” he said. “I understand that feeling, but I don’t share it.”

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2:43pm

Thu January 5, 2012
Transportation

Getting around the Bay just got harder

Rosa Say/Flickr Creative Commons

Last year, commuters of all kinds came to terms with one fact: getting somewhere, anywhere, is harder than it used to be. Here in the Bay Area, drivers faced higher gas prices and bridge tolls. AC Transit riders dealt with fewer bus lines and increased fares. San Francisco Muni riders faced changing routes as well. All in all, 2011 meant more cost, and oftentimes more waiting, for drivers and riders. And it might not get better this year.

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5:01pm

Mon December 5, 2011
Transportation

High-speed rail looking more uncertain

While BART managers are trying to bring the Bay Area’s rail system into the future, state officials are trying to bring a new train system into existence. High-speed rail is supposed to whisk passengers from San Francisco to Los Angeles in just two and a half hours. It’s a controversial project, though, and over the past few months it’s gotten even more controversial. KALW’s transportation reporter Julie Caine has more.

HOLLY KERNAN: Julie, we know the price tag for high-speed rail has now gone up to an estimated $100 billion. What is happening?

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9:09pm

Thu November 17, 2011
Transportation

Reporter Charles Piller talks possible structural flaws on the new Bay Bridge

Under CC license from jdnx. http://www.flickr.com/photos/danramarch/2875307296/sizes/m/in/photostream/

Earlier this week, two Caltrans workers were fired for allegedly falsifying test results on various projects around the state, and neglecting proper testing procedures of the new span on the Bay Bridge. 

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9:00pm

Thu November 17, 2011
Transportation

How I learned to stop worrying and love the 880 freeway

On the 880 freeway in Oakland.
Julie Caine

The Bay Area’s first real freeway was the 880. Completed in 1957, it connects the Port of Oakland with San Jose. Today it’s a major trucking route, and the most direct way to get to the Oakland Airport, or to a Raiders game.

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