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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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.

BATWG’s Program for 2017

1.)  Oakland – Become more involved in rail and highway freight movement.   Continue to focus on Oakland’s lack of traffic signal synchronization, Oakland’s highly deficient street rebuilding program  and Oakland’s costly and often counterproductive street “improvement” programs.  Identify one-way streets that could be returned to two-way traffic.  (All)

2.)  San Francisco –  Support SaveMuni in its attempts to accelerate the construction of the downtown Caltrain extension.   Continue to oppose ill-conceived and wasteful pet projects.  Continue to advocate for improved public transit in San Francisco.  (Cauthen/Feinbaum)

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Oakland Streets Bad and Getting Worse

BATWG Position published in the Bay Area East Bay Times on May 21, 2016:

Part of what makes a city appealing to visitors, businesses and residents are well maintained and well-functioning streets and boulevards.

The city of Oakland, struggling to find its place in an affluent and dynamic Bay Area, is sadly lacking in this regard. Here are four examples of unsatisfactory street conditions of long standing that warrant attention and priority:

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