Caltrans traffic data earns safety grant

The California Office of Traffic Safety and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recently awarded a grant to Caltrans to improve its traffic data capturing equipment. Replacing this equipment will allow Caltrans to more accurately gather images and information about traveling on the State Highway System. The Model Inventory of Roadway Elements (MIRE) data grant. Read More »

Open house discussions to be held for GGF, GGT Tiburon bus service changes

The Highway and Transportation District of the Golden Gate Bridge has scheduled public meetings, where the public can discuss the proposed changes of the Golden Gate Ferry (GGF) and bus services of the Golden Gate Transit (GGT) in Tiburon. The open house is scheduled from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Jan. 20. A formal public hearing is scheduled from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Jan. 21. Read More »

San Francisco Bay Bridge pier implosion an environmental success

Caltrans labeled last month's efforts to protect wildlife a success during the implosion of San Francisco Bay Bridge Pier E3. A series of small charges, referred to as a "bubble curtain," rather than large explosives was used to implode the bridge. The bubble curtain system allowed the pier to collapse into voids within its foundation, minimizing environmental impact. Read More »

Bike trips increase by 22% in San Francisco

The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) bike counter based on Market Street tallied more than 1 million bike trips on the road for this year. The bike counter is visible and located between 9th Street and 10th Street. This is a sign of significant progress for the city’s bicycling population. There were precisely 1,036,822 bike trips specifically at the location. Read More »

CDOT tests novel safety feature for crosswalks in Sacramento

The CDOT recently scheduled a demonstration of the new safety features that they have added in crosswalks throughout the city of Sacramento. This innovative safety feature is YPB, a yellow border comprised of LED lights. The border encompasses the signal head as soon as a pedestrian presses the cross button, alerting drivers to pedestrians who are looking to cross.  Read More »

Remix launches new public transit planning platform

Remix introduced its new public transit planning platform, which is designed to allow public agencies to design and improve their respective transportation systems, Monday. The new platform will help transportation planners draft and plan potential routes. The information gained from the software will also help them to better understand the effect of their potential plans. Read More »

San Francisco tow fees lowered for victims of stolen cars

The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency announced Thursday that victims of stolen cars that are then towed will be given special favor when they seek to recover their vehicles in the city. For the residents of the City of San Francisco, the new policy is designed to waive all of the recovery fees. There will be a new 48-hour grace period before fees start adding up. Read More »

2 new train cars nearing delivery to BART

Production of two new train cars is nearing completion and soon they will be on their way to the Bay Area Rapid Transportation (BART). The first of the two new train cars is almost finished. It will travel from Plattsburgh, New York to Hayward, California on a flatbread truck next month, where it will be thoroughly tested on BART’s tracks before being put into service. Read More »

First raised bike lane finished in San Francisco

The first raised bike lane was recently completed in San Francisco, and the city is currently conducting a demonstration project based on Market Street’s eastbound route. The Raised Bikeway Demonstration Project, the San Francisco Transportation Agency and San Francisco Public Works are looking to launch a new kind of bike upgrade for two blocks on Market Street. Read More »

SFMTA begins Powell Street Safety and Sidewalk Improvement Pilot

The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency recently launched the Powell Street Safety and Sidewalk Improvement Pilot. The goal is to study the restricted access that is granted only to private automobiles on Powell Street. Analysts will use the new information to improve the safety of the area for pedestrians and to improve the traffic congestion that affects cable cars. Read More »

SFMTA joins First Annual National Apprenticeship Week

The new program, the first by San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency, will train electricians, maintenance and auto machinists, and transit power line workers. Attendees can begin their apprenticeships in July 2016. “The apprenticeship program is a crucial investment in the future of Muni,” Tom Nolan, Chairman of the SFMTA Board of Directors, said. Read More »

San Francisco railway project bringing new round of street closures

The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) said track and infrastructure work on the Central Subway will affect traffic and transit on 4th and King streets and nearby areas during November. The construction project will include track work as well as upgrades to infrastructure. The project is expected to begin at 10 p.m. Nov. 6 and end the evening of Nov. 14. Read More »

San Francisco may extend commuter shuttle program

The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA), which is responsible for all ground transportation within San Francisco, said Tuesday it wants to improve its regulation of private commuter shuttles.The SFMTA suggests that it continue its current regulatory role past January 31, 2016, which is when its Commuter Shuttle Pilot Program ends. Read More »

Southwest Airlines boosts international service from Houston

Southwest Airlines said Thursday it has developed new services for some of its daily international flights from Houston, Texas, including flights to six new destinations. Travelers going to Mexico, Costa Rica, Belize and other destinations can have access to a new five-gate concourse as well as new concessions and Federal Inspection Station for Customs and Border Protection. Read More »

Caltrans faults Bay Bridge contractors for delay

Caltrans officials recently moved to gain approval from the Toll Bridge Program Oversight Committee (TBPOC) to end Caltrans’ contract and hold American Bridge/Fluor accountable for the delays and fault work in the Bay Bridge project, but before any further action can be taken in ending the contract and starting negotiations about penalties and damages, the project’s governing body (TBPOC), developed by the legislature, must grant its approval of entire legal process. Read More »

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