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Transit Board President Surprised More Oaklanders Aren’t Weighing In on BRT

Submitted by News Desk on Wed, 06/18/2008 - 10:00pm
By J. Douglas Allen-Taylor

With the AC Transit district working on an ambitious proposal to run dedicated, bus rapid transit-only lanes from San Leandro and across the city of Oakland to the UC Berkeley campus, the president of the AC Transit board of directors says he is “surprised” that more Oakland residents and politicians have not weighed in on the idea.

Commissioners Hear BRT Fears, Praise

Submitted by News Desk on Wed, 06/18/2008 - 10:00pm

The ongoing battle over bus rapid transit (BRT) smoldered anew when Berkeley’s planning and transportation commissions took their second joint look at the concept last week.

Ultimately it will be up to city councilmembers to choose the locally preferred alternative (LPA) for the city’s portion of a bus corridor that will run from downtown Berkeley to the San Leandro BART station.

Oakland Council OKs $500 million budget

Submitted by News Desk on Wed, 06/18/2008 - 10:00pm

Oakland will cut 28 vacant jobs and force all non-essential city employees to take five days off with no pay this December as part of the budget adopted this week by the City Council.

The council voted 6-2 Tuesday in favor of the nearly $500 million spending plan, which includes $15.8 million in cuts to offset a loss of revenue largely attributed to the downturn in the housing market.


San Leandro Council Declares Wednesday And Thursday "Dump The Pump" Days

Submitted by News Desk on Tue, 06/17/2008 - 10:00pm
SAN LEANDRO --  The San Leandro City Council has declared today and Thursday as "Dump the Pump" days in the city, joining public agencies in the Bay Area and nationwide.

The campaign, sponsored by the American Public Transportation Association, strives to educate residents about how riding public transportation can save money, conserve gasoline and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

The nationwide Dump the Pump day is Thursday and more than 125 public transit agencies, including many from the Bay Area, are on board.

Vacant city positions to go unfilled in Richmond next year

Submitted by News Desk on Tue, 06/17/2008 - 10:00pm

Richmond city officials avoided layoffs but will eliminate 34 vacant positions in next fiscal year's $141.5 million budget.

Officials at one point considered laying off four employees but wound up restoring funding for three paratransit workers and moved a fourth employee in the housing division into another position.


California DHS approves $25M for ferries

Submitted by News Desk on Mon, 06/16/2008 - 10:00pm
The state Department of Homeland Security has approved $25 million in Proposition 1B bond money for the Bay Area's new ferry agency, the Water Emergency Transportation Authority.

The agency plans to use the money from the 2006 voter-approved transportation bond to build a ferry terminal in South San Francisco, continue planning terminals in Berkeley and Hercules and do environmental studies for new ferry service out of Redwood City, Antioch, Martinez and Richmond.


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