On New Year’s Day, all transit agencies serving Contra Costa County will be on Sunday or Holiday schedules. On New Year’s Eve, BART will run until 3am and WestCAT will offer a Modified Holiday Service schedule. Special Note Regarding BART: San Francisco-bound Pittsburg/Bay Point and Richmond trains will not stop at Embarcadero Station after 8pm on New Year’s Eve. After the San Francisco fireworks show is over, passengers bound for Pittsburg/Bay Point and Richmond must use Montgomery Street Station.... Read the rest
Plans are underway to build a separated bike/pedestrian path on the upper deck of the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge. As part of a four-year Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTC) pilot project, the shoulders on the upper and lower decks of the bridge will be converted to a bike/pedestrian path and a traffic lane, respectively. The bike/pedestrian path is slated to be 10 feet wide, separated from vehicles by either a movable barrier or temporary concrete walls, and include a raised approach on the bridge’s east side.... Read the rest
On March 5, 2015 the Water Emergency Transportation Association (WETA) Board approved the Richmond Ferry Project Agreement, signalling the return of ferry service between San Francisco and Richmond. The Water Authority will now order two catamaran ferry vessels — which will become part of the San Francisco Bay Ferry fleet — and build the new ferry terminal at Ford Peninsula in Richmond. According to the Agreement, ferry riders can expect: In the morning (6am-9am), three trips to San Francisco, with two reverse commute trips back to Richmond In the evening (3pm-7pm), four trips from San Francisco to Richmond, with three reverse commute trips back to San Francisco The possibillity of mid-day service being established if demand and funding are sufficient The Agreement does not provide for service on weekends, holidays or for San Francisco Giants games.... Read the rest
The Bay Area Air Quality Management District invites you to  a workshop on the Clean Air Plan and to initiate development of a Bay Area Climate Protection Strategy. When: February 28, 2014, 9:30 am – 11:30 am Where: Air District Office, 939 Ellis Street, San Francisco, 7th Floor The purpose of the workshop is: To kick off the planning process for updating the Clean Air Plan To initiate the planning process to develop a Climate Protection Strategy for the Bay Area, which will be included as new element of the Clean Air Plan To report progress on implementing the control measures in the 2010 Clean Air Plan To solicit ideas and strategies to further reduce ozone precursors (nitrogen oxides, volatile organic compounds), particulate matter, toxic air contaminants, and greenhouse gases To seek input on innovative strategies to reduce greenhouse gases, mechanisms for tracking progress in reducing GHGs, and how the Air District may further support actions to reduce GHGs To describe future steps and the overall schedule in developing the Clean Air Plan update and Bay Area Climate Protection Strategy Contact: Christy Riviere at 415-749-4925 or criviere@baaqmd.gov See the flyer for more information or visit: http://www.baaqmd.gov/Divisions/Planning-and-Research/Plans/Clean-Air-Plan-Update.aspx The workshop will be webcasted LIVE on the above listed at  http://www.baaqmd.gov/Divisions/Planning-and-Research/Plans/Clean-Air-Plan-Update.aspx.  ... Read the rest
Bay Area Bike Share launch in San Jose CA Will the streets of the Bay Area soon be full with a sea of bike-share commuters cycling that last mile from BART to the workplace? Only time will tell. Photo credit: Richard Masoner The Bay Area is not new to transportation innovations. Last year, we celebrated four successful decades of the visionary commuter rail known as BART, which stills sees climbing ridership  and continues be seen as a model of sustainable transportation for the rest of the nation.... Read the rest
Muni then (L: 1912) and now (R: 2012). Image credit: SFMTA / John Henry Mentz, AgentAKit Muni recently celebrated its 100th birthday. The first publicly owned streetcar system in a major city in the U.S., Muni has been taking the people of San Francisco where they want to go since 1912. The San Francisco Municipal Railway is the seventh-largest public transit system in the United States, as measured by number of customer boardings.... Read the rest
Image credit: David Yu 511CC’s 2012 Year in Review From the Caldecott Tunnel breakthrough to Bay Area transit agencies celebrating milestones for service, 2012 was a great year for biking, transit and transportation. Here are some of this year’s top stories. Top Tweets Some of our most popular tweets (number of link clicks) in 2012 linked to these articles: Image credit: Eric Fischer For your viewing pleasure – BART stats on a map BART app map Caldecott Fourth Bore Medallion Design Competition (view winning and honorable mention entries here) Bay Bridge demolition will last longer than first projected BART introduces new automated Twitter feed for service advisories A book shelf for your bike How can cities make life easier for the elderly?... Read the rest
Air BART Whether for work, vacation, picking up or dropping off a friend – a trip to the airport is nearly as common as as trip to the market. But what is the best way to get there? Undoubtedly the simplest choice for some trips to the airport may be to drive but there’s a whole menu of transport options to choose from and consider. Let’s look at other options for getting to two of the Bay Area’s major international airports– SFO and Oakland International AirBART.... Read the rest
Child cargo Happy family! Photo Credit: San Francisco Bicycle Coalition “It’s better by bike!”, that seems to be the mantra these days when getting around the Bay Area and here are three articles that prove it! First up, the Bay Citizen reports on a growing number of families that are passing on the car and transit and instead hopping on bikes: “Fed up with cars, traffic, parking and Muni, some parents are using their bicycles as minivans, hauling their children around the hilly streets.... Read the rest
AC Transit 1016 7-16-10 B AC Transit, one of the Bay Area agencies that received federal funding to improve transportation. Photo credit: Paul Sullivan In July the Bay Area received several grants from the U.S. DOT to improve transit. AC Transit received $7.5 million to improve fare collection and BART received about $3 million to improve departure and arrival information. Grants were also awarded to San Francisco, Santa Clara, San Mateo and Monterey counties to replace diesel buses with fuel efficient hybrid buses.... Read the rest
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