Bay Area Region

Bay Area businesses may pay fee for emissions

Submitted by News Desk on Fri, 05/09/2008 - 11:49am


San Francisco -- Thousands of Bay Area businesses - from boutique hotels to mammoth oil refineries - are poised to pay some of the nation's first fees tied to greenhouse gas emissions under a plan proposed by regional air pollution regulators.
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6 seats removed from some BART cars

Submitted by News Desk on Fri, 05/09/2008 - 11:25am

(05-08) 19:28 PDT -- BART, the regional rail system that is carrying more passengers on a typical weekday than ever before, has been quietly removing seats from trains to make room for even more riders.

Six seats are being removed from some cars to create more space for people to stand and to accommodate the growing number of on-board bikes and the luggage hauled by passengers heading to and from San Francisco International Airport.

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Bay Bridge Commute a Shadow of Its Former Self

Submitted by News Desk on Tue, 05/06/2008 - 11:35am
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SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS)  -- It's not your imagination, and it's not spring break, either. The back up at Bay Area bridge toll plazas really is getting smaller and smaller.

"Year to year it's down almost two percent, so that's a big difference. I think more importantly is that carpooling is up," said Randy Rentschler with the Metropolitan Transportation Commission.

Carpooling is up more than five percent at the Bay Bridge, and three percent when you look at all Bay Area bridges. And that's not the only change.

Bridge traffic down, carpools up

Submitted by News Desk on Tue, 05/06/2008 - 11:33am


The Bay Area's toll bridge traffic — a key indicator of area commuting patterns — is declining, and this time it's not because of job loss, as it was when the dot-com bubble burst.

Transportation officials say they know that because the drop in car crossings is accompanied by an increase in carpool traffic — 5.3 percent on the Bay Bridge over the nine months ending in March — as well as a continuing increase in public transportation ridership.

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SJ: TRANSPORTATION COMMISSION INVITES PUBLIC TO SHARE OPINIONS ABOUT PLANS

Submitted by News Desk on Tue, 04/29/2008 - 10:00pm
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SAN JOSE (BCN)

The Metropolitan Transportation Commission is inviting Santa Clara County residents to share their ideas for the Bay Area's transportation system at a public workshop May 8.

Working in conjunction with other regional agencies MTC is updating its long-range transportation plan for the commission's nine-county area. Called "Transportation 2035: Change in Motion," the plan is charged with taking into consideration the region's growth, mobility and sustainability, coupled with global warming concerns.

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