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Public transport is in decline in many wealthy cities - Missing the bus
In southern California, public transport is heavily used by poor immigrants, particularly immigrants from Mexico and Central America. But research by Michael Manville and others at the University of California, Los Angeles, finds that this group are rushing onto the roads behind their own steering-wheels. Between 2000 and 2015 the proportion of Mexican immigrant households without a car fell from 16% to 5%.
transit  transportation  mobility  california  mexico  cars  immigration 
june 2018 by allaboutgeorge
RT : . replacing the 3rd rail on Platform 3 at 19th Street station in time for Monday's commute
Oakland  transit  from twitter
january 2016 by allaboutgeorge
How bicycling will save the economy (if we let it) | Grist
The bicycle economy, unlike its fancier cousin transit-oriented development, is not about new development or raising property values. It's about bettering our existing communities. It's about making cities and suburbs that are built on an automotive scale navigable, instead, by human power. It's about providing the basics to everyone, in their neighborhood, now -- and along with that the choice to opt for that $3,000 to $12,000 yearly rebate.

There aren't very many economic scenarios in this country where everyone wins. But if you had to choose one single thing that could pull our neighborhoods, towns, and cities out of this murky pit of a recession, you'd do well to bet on the humble bicycle.
bicycling  transportation  transit  health  economy  diy 
march 2011 by allaboutgeorge
Living by 580 « Airial's Blog
In the morning the sounds get more dense. The swooshing sound stops. The cars aren’t flowing, their jammed together trying to get into the city. Individual clunky engines and tires rolling slowly tug at my ear, as I too, should be waking. I find comfort in that as well. Rush hour congestion proves normalcy. Our urban centers are alive. People are going to work in the morning. In the evening it’s the sound of the whooshing that replaces the sound of gridlock, that again, is comforting. All is well, people are leaving. Night falls. Whoosh… Whoosh… Whoosh…
transportation  transit  cities  driving  cars  oakland  interstate580  traffic  eastbay 
july 2010 by allaboutgeorge
John Guare: 'Writing is a blood sport' | Stage | The Guardian
It's something about the compression of Manhattan, a space less than five miles by three. All walkable. London is like LA, a series of villages spread over a vast area. Manhattan is the most democratic city because everyone is in the same boat."
london  losangeles  manhattan  nyc  cities  transit 
january 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Imagine: L.A. bicyclists in the driver's seat, one day a week --
"It can be scary out there," admits cicLAvia's Adonia Lugo, a PhD anthropology candidate at UC Irvine studying bicycle culture in the Southland. "Los Angeles has a very strong bike culture, but I think the casual rider has the perception that this is a dangerous city for cycling."

"I think the best thing about a ciclovia is that it would give people a chance to try biking, without having to feel like they're risking their lives as soon as they leave the driveway," Lugo adds. "This would give people a safe space to travel around their neighborhoods without using a car."
losangeles  bicycling  transit  transportation  urban  cities  cars 
november 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Growth of city neighborhoods
San Francisco may have a reputation as a world-class city, but it is also one of the biggest small towns you can find anywhere. According to the city's official Web site, San Francisco has more than 40 individual neighborhoods. The Chamber of Commerce counts 48, and any San Franciscan can tell you there are more than that, from the famous to the obscure.

The best-known neighborhoods - Chinatown, North Beach, the Castro - are known everywhere. A lot of San Franciscans couldn't locate Little Hollywood or the Sherwood Forest on a map.

It turns out, however, that San Francisco was always divided into neighborhoods, even back before the place was called San Francisco.
sanfrancisco  cities  urban  california  local  identity  development  transit 
september 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Increasing Residential And Employment Density Could Mean Reductions In Vehicle Travel, Fuel Use And Carbon Dioxide Emissions
The committee disagreed about the feasibility of achieving the target density in the upper-bound scenario -- doubling the density of 75 percent of new development -- by 2050. Some members of the committee thought that these higher densities would be reached due to macroeconomic trends -- higher energy prices and carbon taxes -- in combination with growing public support for infill development, investments in transit, and higher densities along transit rail corridors. Other members thought that the high-density scenario would require such a significant departure from current low-density development patterns, land-use policies, and public preferences that it is unrealistic without a strong state or regional role in growth management.
transit  research  science  transporation  cities  environment  cars  jobs  work  housing  gas  urban 
september 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Toll taker collects random acts of kindness
When someone's toll gets paid by another driver they're shocked. Sometimes they'll pay for the car behind them, especially at Christmas time. One of the other collectors said this happened once, and it set off a chain of 18 people who paid the toll for the car behind them.
happiness  transit  sanfrancisco  work  altruism  cars  transportation 
august 2009 by allaboutgeorge
L.A. buses, rail synced to Google Maps in new partnership [Updated] | L.A. Now | Los Angeles Times
“We have listened to our customers and have provided the Google transit planning resource they have requested,” MTA chief Art Leahy said in a statement. “As the third-largest transportation agency in the United States, it made perfect sense for us to join the Google phenomenon. We are extremely excited to now be a part of the most popular online mapping website in the world, and we have high hopes that a worldwide audience will now be able to more easily plan their Metro trips here in Los Angeles.”
transit  google  losangeles  california  technology  transportation  mobile  mapping 
july 2009 by allaboutgeorge
John Kerry: The road bike warrior - How the World Works -
"Here are some excerpts from an account of a ride during the convention Kerry did with Jonathan Vaughters, the director of one of the two American teams to compete in this year's Tour de France, Garmin-Chipotle (named after the team's two sponsors)."
bicycling  kerry  democrats  transit  transportation  sports  politics  campaigns  elections  france 
september 2008 by allaboutgeorge
A fearful India turns to video for security - The National Newspaper
"[...] This spring, [New Delhi] also installed cameras at 59 stops along its subway line. So far, concerns about privacy have been muted, likely because so much of the city remains outside of CCTV’s watchful eye – a far cry from London’s roughly 1,800 cameras, monitoring virtually every inch of public space. But there have been concerns about how surveillance footage will be used. The surveillance industry does not fall under any government legislation. [...]"
india  asian  transit  privacy  security  video  government  transportation  public 
august 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Will Self: My simple plan to make London a real cycling city | News
"These three simple measures that would cost London's community charge payers nothing, enormously assist cyclists, and require absolutely no transport position papers."
bicycling  london  uk  transit  transportation 
august 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Washington Post: Cruiser-Top Cameras Make Police Work a Snap
"It's a glimpse into the future. It won't take long before these things become pervasive, and the one thing we know about technology is it gets more advanced and cheaper as time goes on."
police  law  justice  cars  transportation  transit  technology  privacy 
august 2008 by allaboutgeorge
How We Met: Jim McCarthy & Jah Wobble - Regulars, The New Review - The Independent
"I worked for London Underground for a few months. I loved driving a Tube. Once I got on the PA system during rush hour and said: 'I used to be somebody. I repeat, I used to be somebody.'"
transit  celebrity  music  uk  london  recovery  rock  identity 
july 2008 by allaboutgeorge
emily. - I'm about to give you the best tip ever.
Text yourself with your cab's number, just in case you lose something.
diy  cities  travel  howto  transit  transportation  behavior 
june 2008 by allaboutgeorge
6 Cars Built for $4 Gas - FlowChart (
"The top seller is almost always a pickup truck—either the Ford F Series or the Chevy Silverado—but with pickup sales tanking, the Civic edged them out."
cars  marketing  economics  transit  transportation 
june 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Library Looks at Photography and the City - City Room - Metro - New York Times Blog
“As New Yorkers, we’re so used to the subway car that we almost don’t pay attention to it. This project, in a way, points that out. also does so in a way that reminds people that it’s still one place you to go every day.”
photography  nyc  transit  transportation  public  aesthetics  art  library 
may 2008 by allaboutgeorge
A New Risk of Middle-Age: Dying on a Motorcycle - Well - Tara Parker-Pope - Health - New York Times Blog
"Motorcyclists account for about 2 percent of vehicles on the road but 10 percent of all traffic fatalities, according to federal statistics."
transportation  transit  travel  traffic  death  aging 
april 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Celebrating the Semicolon in a Most Unlikely Location - New York Times
"In response, most New Yorkers accelerate; they don’t pause to contemplate."
english  grammar  nyc  nytimes  culture  language  transit 
february 2008 by allaboutgeorge
The Greenbelt: How the World Works -
"You climb and climb and climb, and then you come around a bend and the vast, almost inconceivable beauty and glory that is Northern California spreads out before you."
california  environment  transit  bicycling  sanmateocounty  sanfrancisco 
june 2007 by allaboutgeorge
Poynter Online - E-Media Tidbits: Mapping the Bay Bridge Traffic Snarl
"One of the cool things that happened Sunday was seeing readers jump in to help each other. Check out the comments at the bottom of this article from commuters who suggested alternative travel routes."
contracostatimes  interstate580  interstate80  interstate880  traffic  transit  newspapers  media  online 
may 2007 by allaboutgeorge
Interchange near Bay Bridge collapses after tanker catches fire - Los Angeles Times
"Heat from the flames melted a second interchange from eastbound I-80 to eastbound Interstate 580 located above the first interchange, causing a 250-yard section of the roadway to collapse onto the crash scene below, according to the CHP."
interstate580  interstate80  transit  transportation  bart 
april 2007 by allaboutgeorge
Pearls Before Breakfast -
"Joshua Bell was standing there playing at rush hour, and people were not stopping, and not even looking, and some were flipping quarters at him! Quarters! I wouldn't do that to anybody."
music  classical  washington  transit  aesthetics  art  beauty  attention  public  story 
april 2007 by allaboutgeorge
NYT: The Year Without Toilet Paper
“That’s the thing about this current wave of environmentalism. It’s not about, how do we protect some abstract pristine space? It’s what can real people do in their home or office or whatever."
environment  public  social  outdoors  cities  behavior  food  urban  transit  sustainable  transportation  relationships 
march 2007 by allaboutgeorge | 09/28/2006 | Minor delays for BART to Peninsula
"Those switching problems, which have affected service off and on since Monday, mean a small delay but plenty of trains are providing service for those riders, the dispatcher said."
bart  transit  sanfrancisco  fremont  alamedacounty  contracostatimes 
october 2006 by allaboutgeorge | 09/26/2006 | I-680 clear, traffic slow after fatal crash
"This would definitely be a case of rubbernecking. Inquisitve minds [are] wanting to know what's going on over there."
danville  transit  interstate680  caltrans  chp  death 
october 2006 by allaboutgeorge | 09/25/2006 | Antioch Bridge lanes clear; alert in effect
"Right now, traffic southbound on the bridge is at a dead stop. It looks like it was originally a solo vehicle that spun out with a second two-car accident that happened behind it."
antioch  sacramentocounty  contracosta  eastcontracosta  transit  traffic  highway4  highway160 
october 2006 by allaboutgeorge | 07/24/2006 | BART slows trains, cuts lights to conserve
"The district will cap train speeds throughout the system at 60 mph from now through 8 p.m. Johnson estimated that riders will need to add between 5 and 7 minutes to their trips."
pge  power  outage  bart  alamedacounty  contracosta  sanfrancisco  transit 
july 2006 by allaboutgeorge | 07/13/2006 | ACE cancels all trains, will resume Friday
"We are encouraging pasengers to check status for tomorrow on We anticipate we will resume service tomorrow. [... A]ll of our passengers obviously found alternate transportation. We also get into issues of layover for staff. They've been on t
acetrain  transit  interstate580  livermore  altamont  fire  alamedacounty  contracostatimes 
july 2006 by allaboutgeorge | 07/07/2006 | Track fix solves BART-delay woes
"A BART dispatcher said 58 trains were on time this morning after a malfunctioning sensor that had delayed some San Francisco- and Peninsula-bound East Bay riders' trips this week was repaired, a BART spokesman said."
bart  transit  sanfrancisco  eastbay  traffic 
july 2006 by allaboutgeorge | 07/06/2006 | BART Fremont line sees S.F. delay
"Until the failure is fixed, BART trains traveling through the affected 1.5-mile track section will operate in 'manual' mode, piloted by operators at speeds no faster than 25 mph. That will relieve train congestion in the area. [...]"
bart  transit  traffic  dalycity  sanfrancisco  fremont  contracostatimes 
july 2006 by allaboutgeorge | 07/05/2006 | BART delays to S.F. ease after earlier delays
"We have a switching problem outside the Daly City station. We do not know how long this is going to last."
bart  transit  traffic  sanfrancisco  dalycity 
july 2006 by allaboutgeorge | 06/20/2006 | BART service restored in S.F.
"A train leaving Balboa Park station heading for Daly City hit a piece of metal in the track at 8:22 a.m., BART spokesman Jim Allison said. Allison said power to the third rail was interrupted."
sanfrancisco  bart  transit  contracostatimes 
june 2006 by allaboutgeorge | 06/13/2006 | BART near normal after outage report
"The problem began at 7:10 a.m. when a contractor working aboveground in Oakland hit a water line, flooding part of a communications facility, BART spokesman Jim Allison said."
bart  oakland  alamedacounty  transit  traffic  sanfrancisco  contracostatimes 
june 2006 by allaboutgeorge | 06/06/2006 | Westward Bay Bridge morning commute eases
"It's been quite a bit better than yesterday. It's been moving across at 25 to 35 (mph) most of the morning. It looks much cleaner than it did yesterday."
bridge  alamedacounty  traffic  transit  chp 
june 2006 by allaboutgeorge | 06/05/2006 | New Bay Bridge lanes debut for drivers
"As far as incidents go, there's nothing working but there's just heavy traffic."
bridge  traffic  transit  alamedacounty  contracostatimes 
june 2006 by allaboutgeorge | 06/05/2006 | Tell us about the Monday commute
"Reporter George Kelly will be providing live traffic and public transit updates with information from readers." ;-)
traffic  transit  eastbay  alamedacounty  contracostatimes 
june 2006 by allaboutgeorge | 05/11/2006 | Problems slow BART trains
"As of 8:45 p.m., a dispatcher noted delays of 45 minutes from Oakland's Rockridge station to Pittsburg-Bay Point, 30 minutes from the Coliseum/Oakland Airport station to Dublin-Pleasanton and 25 minutes from El Cerrito Plaza to Richmond."
oakland  rockridge  pittsburg  baypoint  airport  dublin  pleasanton  elcerrito  richmond  westcontracosta  eastcontracosta  alamedacounty  contracosta  contracostatimes  bart  transit 
may 2006 by allaboutgeorge | 05/09/2006 | CHP issues I-80 commuter alert
"The trigger for this morning's backup came when a white Chrysler LeBaron was reported fully engulfed around 6:50 a.m. on I-80 just east of Pinole Valley Road, CHP Officer Brian Land said. A Contra Costa Fire District dispatcher said county fire units res
fire  pinole  interstate80  transit  caltrans  chp  traffic  westcontracosta  contracosta  contracostatimes 
may 2006 by allaboutgeorge | 05/05/2006 | Gas thieves hit pay dirt strolling parking lots
"It's a little more difficult these days. But at $3.25 a gallon, thieves will be exerting a little more effort."
gasoline  gas  petrol  theft  bart  transit  police  crime  pleasanthill  fruitvale  fremont  pittsburg  baypoint  eastcounty  alamedacounty  contracosta  contracostatimes 
may 2006 by allaboutgeorge | 05/04/2006 | Gas theft hits East Bay BART stations
"I think there are more important crimes for our cops to patrol. That said, we'll keep an eye on it. The smartest thing to do is for a person is to buy a locking gas cap."
bart  transit  theft  crime  police  pleasanthill  fremont  fruitvale  oakland  alamedacounty  contracosta  contracostatimes  eastbay 
may 2006 by allaboutgeorge | 05/01/2006 | Three I-80 lanes open after landslide
"We already had the auxiliary lane closed at that location because the (retaining) wall showed signs of failure. [...] Part of the wall came down yesterday morning due to the slide. We're hoping to mobilize a contractor right away to fix it."
interstate80  pinole  contracosta  westcounty  caltrans  contracostatimes  transit  bart 
may 2006 by allaboutgeorge | 04/20/2006 | Man booked in fatal I-680 crash in San Ramon
"The CHP said officers responded at 1:26 a.m. today to a call saying that about 50 sawhorses were scattered across lanes of southbound I-680 north of Alcosta Boulevard."
sanramon  police  transit  chp  death  interstate680 
april 2006 by allaboutgeorge
CCT: Diesel fuel spill on I-880
"They are in the process of cleaning it up. It's fairly small, it was only 30 or 40 gallons. It's in the dirt off the shoulder."
interstate880  hazmat  transit  caltrans 
april 2006 by allaboutgeorge
CCT: Ygnacio Valley lane is closed
"Public works crews closed the right lane of eastbound Ygnacio Valley Road just south of Cowell Road this afternoon and through the month because of unstable land beneath it. Crews had been watching the area since last week [...]"
transit  traffic  contracosta  walnutcreek  concord  rain  weather  eastbay  contracostatimes 
april 2006 by allaboutgeorge
CCT: Drenching rain poses danger
On this version, Kelli Phillips led; Dogen Hannah, Sophia Kazmi, Eric Kurhi, Mike Taugher and the Associated Press followed and I got out of the way.
rain  weather  contracostatimes  bayarea  traffic  transit  transportation  chp  caltrans  concord 
april 2006 by allaboutgeorge
CCT: Rain causes flood of problems
On this version, Kelli Phillips led, Mike Taugher and the Associated Press followed and I got out of the way.
rain  weather  contracostatimes  bayarea  traffic  transit  transportation  chp  caltrans  concord 
april 2006 by allaboutgeorge
CCT: Minor BART delay from S.F. to SFO
"At 8:25 a.m., a westbound train was taken out of service at San Francisco's Powell Street station, a BART dispatcher said. As a result, trains traveling from downtown San Francisco toward San Francisco International Airport were seeing 10-minute delays."
bart  sanfrancisco  transportation  transit  sfo  airport  contracostatimes 
april 2006 by allaboutgeorge
CCT: Caltrans fixing flooded Hwy. 84
"The lanes, just north of the road's intersection with Vallecitos Atomic Laboratory Road and just before Pigeon Pass, were first reported flooded at 5:53 a.m., a CHP officer said."
highway84  alamedacounty  transit  transportation  caltrans  chp  rain  weather  contracostatimes 
april 2006 by allaboutgeorge
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