Stepping up to the Plate on Gridlock

Above is the video about congestion pricing in Stockholm, with Stockholm Director of Transport Jonas Eliasson moderating.  STREETFILMS.

For more videos about congestion pricing and evolving cities, go to STREETFILMS.

For an accompanying  STREETSBLOG NYC article on congestion pricing go to:  Congestion Pricing Was Unpopular in Stockholm — Until People Saw It in Action

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BATWG’s Program for AC Transit

The following thoughts about AC Transit are based upon a letter sent to AC Transit on November 15, 2017

AC Transit vehicles should get transit-first priority treatment wherever and whenever needed to ensure that bus loads of riders don’t get bogged down in traffic congestion. In addition, certain other changes must be made to bring AC’s transbay ridership and total ridership up to par. Continue reading

San Francisco Transit Hub Headed Toward Gridlock

The intersection of Van Ness and Market is so well served by public transit that it is known as the “Hub”, short for “Transit Hub”. What SF City Hall is now planning for the Hub would transform it into a congested mess.

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The City Planning Department estimates that almost 1,700 additional parking spaces could be constructed in the immediate vicinity of Van Ness and Market. If so, developers would derive profits both from their prime transit-oriented locations and the parking. Continue reading

Bay Area Transportation:  From Problem to Crisis

The Bay Region is growing, both in employment and population. Its cities are getting more congested. Bay Area freeways, despite their immense size (8 and even 10 lanes compared to the 4-lane roadways of places like Tokyo, Osaka and much of Europe) are increasingly stacked up and backed up.

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Is this what we want? Do Americans love their cars more than other people do?  Of course not.  But unfortunately since the end of World War II, American metropolitan areas have been organized to encourage auto travel and discourage other, more efficient means of travel.

Can anything be done about this? Yes, it’s been done elsewhere and it can be done here as well.

SaveMuni’s Critique of MTC’s Core Capacity Study

The Core Capacity Transit Study was conducted under MTC auspices. The main purpose of the Study was to identify potential travel improvements on the Bay Bridge and in the San Francisco transit corridors leading to the Bridge.

BART is projected to run out of transbay carrying capacity between 2025 and 2030. There is talk of getting another transbay subaqueous rail system into commercial operation by 2040. Unless the Bay Area transportation development is radically speeded up, make that 2065 or later. So what happens during the intervening 40 to 50 years? There is as yet still no credible answer to that question.

See the rest of SaveMuni’s Response to the the Core Capacity Study.

Getting it Right in the Southeast Bay

Excerpts from BATWG’s August 31, 2017 letter to the San Joaquin Regional Rail Commission:

“…BATWG has long advocated a major upgrade to the ACE service between Stockton and San Jose.  For this reason we support the SJRRC’s decision to examine ways of accomplishing this objective. “However, in our view, the ACE Forward DEIR fails to adequately address this vital issue. Here five ways of bringing ACE up to its full potential:

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