Bay Area Region

Caltrain considers raising fares to cover fuel

Submitted by News Desk on Wed, 08/27/2008 - 10:00pm


Caltrain commuters, many of whom were lured out of their cars to save money at the gas pump, may be paying higher fares to help offset the commuter rail agency's own rising fuel costs.

In April 2007, when Caltrain last raised fares, a gallon of diesel fuel to run the trains was almost $2.30; at the end of last week, the price was $3.39. In early July, the cost skyrocketed to $4.25, showing the volatility of fuel prices.

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Eliminating California's suburban sprawl

Submitted by News Desk on Mon, 08/25/2008 - 10:00pm
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For 30 years, as California's growing population led to sprawling suburbs, traffic jams and fewer farms, attempts to craft statewide laws to stop it have failed again and again.

City councils worried about losing local control. Property rights advocates bristled. And the ranch house with a backyard — the centerpiece of Sunset magazine and the Brady Bunch lifestyle — proved a powerful symbol.

Bay Area transit agencies to swap ideas

Submitted by News Desk on Sun, 08/17/2008 - 10:00pm


Top technology executives at several Bay Area transit agencies have begun a forum to discuss issues of common concern.

The Bay Area Transportation CIO Forum is the first of its kind in the region, bringing together chief information officers from AC Transit, BART, Caltrain, the ports of Oakland and San Francisco, San Francisco International Airport, Muni and SamTrans.

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Bay Area transit systems creak under new strains

Submitted by News Desk on Thu, 08/14/2008 - 10:00pm


With ridership on the upswing, the Bay Area’s transit operators are squeezing more efficient operations from aging fleets.

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Regional: Bay Area Cities Spend 40 Percent More Than Nationall Average

Submitted by News Desk on Wed, 08/13/2008 - 10:00pm
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Households in the San Francisco-Oakland-San Jose metropolitan area spent about 40 percent more than the average U.S. household in 2005 and 2006, according to a survey released Wednesday by the U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics.

The consumer expenditure survey indicated that the households in those Bay Area cities spent an average of $66,344 per year compared with a national average of $47,421.

Talkback: Legislators turn a deaf ear

Submitted by News Desk on Thu, 07/31/2008 - 10:00pm
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ISN'T IT IRONIC that no matter how many times citizens speak out, our legislators just turn a deaf ear and continue on with their money-making schemes. The Metropolitan Transportation Commission even asked us to e-mail them our vote, for or against the toll roads. By noon 80 percent of the votes were against the toll lanes and asking for trains and express buses.

The public is begging for alternatives to burning fossil fuel, building more highways and cars.

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