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March 19, 2013 | 8:01 am

San Francisco BART Stations Reopen After Investigation of Suspicious Object

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The Powell Street BART station in downtown San Francisco has reopened after the investigation of a suspicious object led to its closure, forcing passengers to seek alternative transportation. The incident caused delays throughout the BART system and in Muni on Tuesday morning. Fifth Street and Ellis Street were closed in San Francisco as well. From […]

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Fairfield Case Raises Doubts About Private Contracts for Public Buses

March 6, 2013 | 10:26 am

Fairfield Case Raises Doubts About Private Contracts for Public Buses

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by Zusha Elinson, The Bay Citizen Cash-strapped cities embracing private contractors as saviors of their public transportation systems may find a cautionary tale in Fairfield. The suburban city halfway between Sacramento and San Francisco was the headquarters of MV Transportation, a rising star in public transit outsourcing. But the company failed to deliver the bus […]

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San Francisco Bay Area: Nation’s Capital for ‘Megacommuting’

March 5, 2013 | 11:38 am

San Francisco Bay Area: Nation’s Capital for ‘Megacommuting’

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Are you a “megacommuter”? The symptoms are getting up before dawn for a marathon trip in car or train or bus or vanpool to get to work. Then repeating the process when the day is over and maybe getting home after dark. In the Bay Area, the megacommuter is not a rare breed. The Census […]

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January 18, 2013 | 10:03 pm

San Francisco Bay Area Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday: Parking, Transit, Events

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On Monday the Bay Area, like much of the United States, will celebrate the birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr. Lots of special events will take place around the region. And schedules of transit and parking will vary. Here are some highlights: Events The San Francisco Chronicle and Contra Costa Times have compiled lists of […]

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New Year’s Eve: Free Buses, Trains, Cabs, and Tows–and Extended BART Service

December 31, 2012 | 1:01 pm

New Year’s Eve: Free Buses, Trains, Cabs, and Tows–and Extended BART Service

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It’s New Year’s Eve and Bay Area transit agencies, a San Francisco cab company, and AAA are all offering special service for party-goers tonight. (See the full list of links below for transit agencies offering free or extended service.) In San Francisco, Muni will be free after 8 p.m. Ed Reiskin, chief of the Municipal […]

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November 5, 2012 | 3:14 pm

Photographers Discover Beauty in BART

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You may think of it as that thing that gets you to and from work every day, but others with cameras have seen something else in BART: magic in the way raindrops gather on a handrail, or a story in the way a man wears a hat. BART staff gathered this collection together in a […]

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October 8, 2012 | 8:46 am

A.M. Splash: Gas Prices Set Record; Protesters Hit Oakland City Hall; Transit Handles Record SF Crowds; Taxi App Companies Ordered to Halt

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As California gas prices hit new high Brown orders emergency action (SJ Mercury News) As California gas prices hit new records Sunday, Gov. Jerry Brown pushed an emergency production switch that could provide some relief for the bruising drivers are taking at the pump. Though the pace of increases slowed from the double digit hikes […]

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New Math at Muni Led to Decade of Inflated On-Time Performance

July 5, 2012 | 12:04 pm

New Math at Muni Led to Decade of Inflated On-Time Performance

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by Zusha Elinson, The Bay Citizen Muni officials were told two years ago that they had been inflating on-time arrival rates of buses for a decade but they failed to address the issue, according to interviews and documents obtained by The Bay Citizen. In a memo to top executives, including the CEO, Muni’s chief information […]

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