Bay Area Region

Editorial: No time to spare: Spare air every day

Submitted by News Desk on Wed, 06/18/2008 - 10:00pm
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In every epic quest, there comes a time when renewed focus and purpose is required to finish the endeavor. The fight for clean and safe air has reached such a moment.

For years, the people and businesses of the Bay Area have worked in partnership with government agencies such as the Bay Area Air Quality Management District and the Metropolitan Transportation Commission to cut smog. Regulators approved new standards for clean cars, trucks and fuels; businesses responded with clean, innovative products; and consumers embraced these new and improved goods.

California DHS approves $25M for ferries

Submitted by News Desk on Mon, 06/16/2008 - 10:00pm
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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.

Transportation group seeks to expand program for kids' safety

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

Officials Plan Bay Area Transit Priorities

Submitted by News Desk on Sun, 05/18/2008 - 1:45pm
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SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS)  -- The public will gets its chance to sound off tonight on the future of transportation in the Bay Area as planners come up with transit priorities for the next quarter century.

The Metropolitan Transportation Commission's 2035 Plan will include proposals for how to spend billions of dollars.

“The 30 billion is the 13 percent of money that isn’t already called for in the plan. It’s over $200 billion,” said MTC Commissioner Steve Kinsey.

Bay Area Traffic Hits Highest Level Since 2000

Submitted by News Desk on Tue, 05/13/2008 - 10:00pm
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 OAKLAND (BCN) ― Traffic delays along several of the Bay Area's most congested freeway corridors declined last year but region-wide congestion reached its highest level since 2000, according to a study released Wednesday.

Officials from the Metropolitan Transportation Commission and the California Department of Transportation, which conducted the annual study, attributed the increased congestion to several years of steady job growth and the fact that congestion data was measured in 2007 with greater precision thanks to an expanded data-gathering effort.

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