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BART Ends Mask Mandate (Again) on Oct. 1BART Ends Mask Mandate (Again) on Oct. 1
By - posted 9/25/2022
Bay Area Updates, Masks, Transportation

BART’S current mask requirement is slated to end when the mandate expires on October 1, but the agency’s Board of Directors approved a new resolution Thursday evening that would allow for the mandate to be reinstated when public health officials require indoor masking in their respective jurisdictions. But, as BART directors more...

SF Cancels $50 Million in Late Fees for Traffic FinesSF Cancels $50 Million in Late Fees for Traffic Fines
By - posted 9/20/2022
Brand New, Getting Help, Only in San Francisco, Transportation

By Thomas Hughes, BCN Foundation Tens of thousands of San Francisco residents are having debt from late fees for traffic fines wiped from the books. The San Francisco Superior Court eliminated $50 million in outstanding fees last week, according to a statement from the city treasurer’s office. The move cancelled 180,000 more...

Local Beekeeper Makes Honey from BART's BeesLocal Beekeeper Makes Honey from BART’s Bees
By - posted 9/15/2022
Local Highlight, Transportation

If you passed by the four-inch notch in the wall on Bailey Road next to BART’s Pittsburg/Bay Point Station, you probably wouldn’t notice a thing. But if you took a closer look – not too close – you’d find a hive of hundreds of buzzing honeybees. The notch in the more...

Bay Area's New $2.50 On-Demand Shuttle LaunchesBay Area’s New $2.50 On-Demand Shuttle Launches
By - posted 9/15/2022
Brand New, Transportation

Milpitas residents have another transportation option designed to fill some of the gaps not served by public transit. Milpitas SMART will provide convenient, affordable, and on-demand connections to the Great Mall, City Hall, Milpitas Transit Center and VTA light rail stops. The new service — Simple Mobile Access to Reliable Transportation, or SMART — is an more...

Crews Testing SF's Central Subway (Trains Every 4-10 Minutes)Crews Testing SF’s Central Subway (Trains Every 4-10 Minutes)
By - posted 9/15/2022
Brand New, San Francisco, Transportation

The long-awaited, much delayed, Central Subway in San Francisco is finally coming along. Crews are testing the headways every 4 to 10 minutes. Thanks so much to SFMTA Director Jeffrey Tumlin for sharing the sped-up video of the 5-minute journey from Brannan Street to Rose Pak Chinatown Station. Related Story: SF’s New more...

SF's New Central Subway Opens "This Fall;" Four Years LateSF’s New Central Subway Opens “This Fall;” Four Years Late
By - posted 9/9/2022
Bay Area Updates, Transportation

Thanks to ABC7 for sharing the news that San Francisco’s Central Subway is on schedule to finally open in “the fall” (No specific date has been announced, but SFMTA’s website says “October”). Well… supposedly “scheduled” for fall. But we’ve heard this before! The subway was supposed to open in 2018, then more...

BART's 50th Anniversary Party w/ Free Arcade Games (Sept 3-9)BART’s 50th Anniversary Party w/ Free Arcade Games (Sept 3-9)
By - posted 8/26/2022
Celebrations, Fun & Games, Transportation

Happy Birthday, BART! BART celebrates 50 years, and in September, BART is hosting a series of free, family-friendly events to celebrate its golden anniversary and thank patrons for riding. Powell Street Station Video Games Saturday, September 3–Friday, September 9, 2022 Powell St. Station concourse level between BART secondary Station Agent booth and Muni agent more...

Single Map May Soon Connect All Bay Area TransitSingle Map May Soon Connect All Bay Area Transit
By - posted 8/25/2022
Bay Area Updates, Brand New, Transportation

Eli Walsh, Bay City News Foundation The Bay Area’s myriad transit agencies could soon utilize a single mapping system after the region’s transportation planning agency approved a contract to streamline transit information and guidance. The Metropolitan Transportation Commission’s Operations Committee approved a $6 million contract Friday with the mapping company Applied Wayfinding more...

50 Mile "High-Speed" Rail (SF to San Jose) Moves a Step Closer50 Mile “High-Speed” Rail (SF to San Jose) Moves a Step Closer
By - posted 8/22/2022
Bay Area Updates, Transportation

By Eli Walsh, Bay City News Foundation The California high-speed rail governing board approved the final environmental documents Thursday for the San Jose-to-San Francisco section, completing clearance of the project’s Northern California leg. The California High-Speed Rail Authority’s Board of Directors approved the environmental impact report and statement for the roughly more...

BART Testing New Unlimited Ride "Bay Pass"BART Testing New Unlimited Ride “Bay Pass”
By - posted 8/18/2022
Bay Area Updates, Brand New, San Francisco, Transportation, Travel

The Metropolitan Transportation Commission — in conjunction with BART and all other transit agencies participating in the Clipper  fare payment system — this week launched a two-year pilot program to study the impact of a single pass that will provide some 50,000 Bay Area residents free access to all bus, more...

"Bike Library" of 500 E-Bikes Coming to Oakland?“Bike Library” of 500 E-Bikes Coming to Oakland?
By - posted 8/10/2022
Brand New, Oakland, Transportation

Oakland is launching an electric bike library as part of a brand new pilot program. The City of Oakland will use the Clean Mobility Options Mobility Project Voucher funds of $1,000,000 to fund a new electric bike library, which could launch as early as this winter, according to Oaklandside. Electric bikes are more...

BART Offering 50% Off Fares in September 2022 for 50th BirthdayBART Offering 50% Off Fares in September 2022 for 50th Birthday
By - posted 8/1/2022
Freebies, Transportation

BART is turning 50 years old and is inviting the public to help it celebrate. Riders are encouraged to save the date for a public celebration at Lake Merritt Station on Saturday, September 10, 2022. The 50th Birthday Party and Family Fun Festival is free to the public and will more...

Downtown Berkeley's New 12-Block Protected BikewayDowntown Berkeley’s New 12-Block Protected Bikeway
By - posted 7/31/2022
Bay Area Updates, Brand New, East Bay, Transportation

By Rya Jetha, Bay City News Foundation A new protected bikeway along a 12-block stretch of Milvia Street from Hearst Avenue to Blake Street is now open, Berkeley city officials said. The bikeway is designed to increase rider mobility in the city while protecting riders through a corridor of parked cars more...

Muni's Castro St. Station Getting New Elevator in 2025Muni’s Castro St. Station Getting New Elevator in 2025
By - posted 7/29/2022
Brand New, San Francisco, Transportation

A new elevator is coming to the Castro Station. To support a system-wide effort to improve safety and accessibility, the SFMTA is rehabilitating and modernizing the subway system elevators. The Castro Station Accessibility Improvement Project includes an elevator design that will allow station agents to see into the elevator and maintain more...

BART Brings Back Mask Mandate with $75 FinesBART Brings Back Mask Mandate with $75 Fines
By - posted 7/28/2022
COVID-19 Updates, Transportation

BART Board reinstitutes mask mandate effective immediately RELEASE DATE: July 28, 2022 The BART Board of Directors today voted to reinstitute a face mask requirement effective immediately until and inclusive of October 1, 2022, unless further extended by the board. The previous mask mandate expired on July 18, 2022. 10 days later more...