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Transit crunch may spark new vision

Submitted by News Desk on Thu, 06/05/2008 - 10:00pm

OAKLAND, Calif. — Just when soaring gas prices, clogged highways and deepening worries about global warming are leading Americans to abandon their cars for public transit, a budget squeeze is wrapping itself like a boa constrictor around the nation’s public transit systems.

But those very factors could inspire a new national vision of transit’s vital role.

The New York Times recently reported that transit ridership has grown by at least 5 percent this year in New York and Boston, while other metropolitan areas in the South and West have seen ridership soar by as much as 10-15 percent.


Transportation group seeks to expand program for kids' safety

Submitted by News Desk on Thu, 06/05/2008 - 5:27pm

OAKLAND — A local transportation organization is requesting $10 million a year to expand a Bay Area-wide education and infrastructure campaign to promote walking and biking to school.

Richmond limits Chevron's crude oil processing

Submitted by News Desk on Thu, 06/05/2008 - 4:56pm
Planners weigh new restrictions on Chevron to ease concerns about equipment upgrade

By Katherine Tam

 Richmond city officials slammed a restriction on the crude the Chevron refinery can process if it upgrades its equipment, a major provision that they say will ease public concerns over increased pollution and health risks.

The city's five-member Planning Commission made the decision around 12:15 a.m. Friday after more than five hours of public testimony and deliberation.


Planners Approve Condos

Submitted by News Desk on Wed, 06/04/2008 - 10:00pm

Berkeley planning commissioners voted 8-1 Wednesday to approve a key legal document that paves the way for construction of a long-delayed 24-unit condominium building at 2701 Shattuck Ave.

Then they headed into yet another discussion on a proposed new city density bonus law that rewards developers with increased building size in exchange for including affordable housing units in their apartment and condo projects.

Chevron talked about expansion plans

Submitted by News Desk on Wed, 06/04/2008 - 10:00pm

RICHMOND, CA (KGO) -- Hundreds of people packed a high school auditorium in Richmond Thursday night to talk about Chevron's plan to expand its operation there. It's a contentious issue because it would mean hundreds of jobs, but some residents are worried about the trade-offs.

The meeting continued for more than four hours. Still, no decision from the Richmond Planning Commission which could green-light the project, turn it down, or send it back to Chevron for more information.

Proposed rule could lead to transit ban

Submitted by News Desk on Wed, 06/04/2008 - 6:49pm

A core group of about 20 students at San Leandro High School relies on AC Transit bus 640 to get to and from school. But that bus line may soon end thanks to a regulation proposed by the Federal Transit Administration.



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