Bay Area Region

Transit spares air, saves money

Submitted by Reporter on Fri, 03/07/2008 - 2:36pm

The Bay Area's top seven transit agencies help prevent more than 2 million metric tons of greenhouse gases and save 251 million gallons of oil each year, according to a new report by a consumer-rights group.

The California Public Interest Research Group, or CalPIRG, said its report - along with news Thursday that the cost of oil hit a record high of nearly $106 a barrel - should encourage more people to park their cars and hop on a bus or train.


Dump TransLink firm, BART official urges

Submitted by News Desk on Wed, 02/27/2008 - 12:06pm

BART's top fiscal watchdog wants Bay Area transit officials to sever ties with the company struggling to develop the TransLink system - a regional effort to allow riders to use one fare card on more than two dozen transit systems.

It was revealed this week that yet another deadline to get TransLink running on BART, San Francisco's Municipal Railway and Caltrain has been pushed back.

Transportation agency proposes new fees for Bay Area residents

Submitted by News Desk on Tue, 02/26/2008 - 10:00pm

Bay Area residents would pay another $1 on their annual vehicle-license fees and 10 cents on a gallon of gas under legislation proposed by the Metropolitan Transportation Commission Wednesday.

And unlike earlier attempts to raise money for transportation programs, both proposals appear to have state legislators prepared to argue for them in Sacramento.


Freeway improvements tied to car-fee increase

Submitted by News Desk on Mon, 02/25/2008 - 10:00pm

More on-ramp metering lights and roving tow trucks would come to Bay Area freeways under a proposal to raise vehicle-registration fees by a buck.

The Metropolitan Transportation Commission is expected to vote this week on whether to support a legislative effort to raise vehicle-license fees by $1 in the nine Bay Area counties to pay for the improvements, which also include installing more traffic-monitoring devices.

Tri-City plants among top polluters

Submitted by News Desk on Fri, 02/22/2008 - 10:00pm

Toxic releases dip slightly across state, EPA reports

Tesoro's Golden Eagle refinery near Martinez was again the Bay Area's top polluter in 2006, according to data on toxic releases made available this week by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.


Seeking Environmental Justice for All

Submitted by News Desk on Wed, 02/20/2008 - 10:00pm
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Nichi Bei Times

When racism makes headlines, it's often in the form of a singular incident - a hate crime, a prejudiced remark, an inappropriate joke. A familiar script unfolds in the aftermath, as the press and civil rights groups ring the alarm, the public reacts and the perpetrators face retribution.


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