Here's another example of public transit failing tired commuters. We read a story this morning on NBC News about a South Bay woman who is really pissed at Caltrain and rightfully so after she dozed off on her ride home and ended up locked on an dark, empty train in the transit agency's maintenance ... More >>
CBS News published this harrowing video this morning showing a man who nearly got killed after darting out in front of a express train last month. The video captured the February incident at the Redwood City Caltrain Station during the morning commute. Needless to say, this 1:30 video is a good li ... More >>
Another naked man made a public appearance in the Bay Area, this time halting Caltrain during the morning commute. KTVU reports that a naked man in his 20s sat on the railroad tracks Thursday morning at a Caltrain station in Santa Clara, causing minor delays but a major show. The naked man was rep ... More >>
About 20 minutes ago, a southbound Caltrain car hit a pedestrian on the tracks near San Carlos. We don't have much information at this time, but according, to Christine Dunn, spokeswoman for Caltrain, the #146 train hit the person on the tracks north of the San Carlos station. Approximately 125 pe ... More >>
Update 8:15 a.m.: A bus bridge is up and running between the California Ave. and Palo Alto train stations. Trains will turn at the California Ave. and San Antonio stations. "It usually takes about an hour and half to restore normal service after a fatality. Passengers are advised to be patient," sai ... More >>
Today is National Dump the Pump Day, and despite the recent bout of transit delays and apparent suicides, public transit agencies are still hopeful they can get you on their side. So this morning, Caltrain and SamTrans posited this question to commuters: Isn't it time you broke up with your gas pu ... More >>
The Bike Share Stations are Coming So bike sharing is coming to the Bay Area, albeit in a modest way. If you don't hate cyclists like the Wall Street Journal, then you're probably glad that San Francisco is catching up to other world-class cities like Paris, New York, and Chattanooga, when it come ... More >>
Just before midnight, an unidentified man was hit by a Caltrain traveling north through San Francisco. According to Christine Dunn, spokeswoman with the agency, the man was at Mission Bay Drive at about 11:58 p.m. when the northbound train #199 hit him. The man was taken to a local hospital, howev ... More >>
Just in time for the summer beach season, a few new destinations have opened up along the coast. In Pacifica, the 140-seat Puerto 27 is now open inside the Pacifica Beach Hotel. The Peruvian-style cuisine comes courtesy of Jose Calvo-Perez, most recently of Pasion in San Francisco's Sunset District. ... More >>
An unidentified pedestrian was hit and killed by a southbound Caltrain this morning. According to Caltrain, the incident happened at about 5:20 a.m. when the #102 train struck a person who was on the tracks between Linden and Scott streets, a mile north of the San Bruno station.
A pedestrian trespassing south of the Broadway Station in Burlingame was struck and killed by southbound Caltrain 314 at approximately early this morning. Caltrain officials ran a bus bridge in both directions between Millbrae and Burlingame stations until approximately 8:40 a.m. when the northbou ... More >>
Update 1:13 p.m.: Here's the latest news from Caltrain: Trains will begin single-tracking around the incident scene, while the investigation continues. Northbound train #147 will proceed north first, and Southbound #150 will then proceed south. Original Story 12:59 p.m.: Caltrain officials just c ... More >>
Last week, transportation scientists revealed an alarming fact: We're as bad as LA when it comes to gridlock on the freeways. No, traffic is not one of one of our most attractive qualities. In 2011, the average driver in the Bay Area lost 61 hours to gridlocked roads and 25 gallons of gasoline. In ... More >>
The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) must reassess how its planned road-expansion project along Highway 101 could truly harm the surrounding redwood trees, a judge ruled.Environmental groups filed a lawsuit last week in San Francisco, hoping to stop Caltrans from widening the two- ... More >>
The upper deck of the Bay Bridge is back open this morning, 24 hours ahead of schedule. This is newsworthy if for no other reason than the fact that Caltrans never does anything on time, much less ahead of schedule. But Caltrans says it was the good weather that motivated the speedy construction ... More >>
http://woodrowwilson.xanga.comIs this Caltrans' next big expenditure? Caltrans today rushed to sign a contract to fund a section of a new Golden Gate Bridge off-ramp in the Presidio with the help of foreign investors. The move came immediately after a judge lifted a restraining order blocking the ... More >>
Look! An @Caltrain ... er, @CTWkendBullets!In hopes of pulling riders off the internet and onto a baby bullet, Caltrain has broken out Twitter and Facebook accounts. Sadly for the rail service, however, the train has already left the station when it comes to snatching up the Twitter handle @Caltr ... More >>
"Dead in the water" isn't a term one often hears in reference to a train, but it did come up this morning with regard to Caltrain. A southbound train broke down in Menlo Park, forcing its passengers to stumble off and hop the train behind it, says Caltrain spokeswoman Christine Dunn. The switcho ... More >>
Peeee-eeeew...What do you call 20 tons of manure dumped in Livermore? An improvement. Sorry, it's a variation of a joke one year older than God's parents. But, on the serious side, traffic along the I-580, well, stinks after a big rig flipped over and dumped its load of organic fertilizer and bar ... More >>
http://glenparknews.wordpress.comJerry Brown saves the children from cookies n' cream one cigarette at a time [SF Citizen]Caltrain looking to make more room for bicyclists [Streetsblog SF]Feds take a whiff of Oakland's new pot ordinance [Bay Citizen]
Environmental activists are suing Caltrans over plans to expand and reroute a highway that passes through Richardson Grove State Park, the Humboldt County preserve that boasts some of California's oldest and tallest coast redwoods.The suit was filed yesterday in San Francisco Superior Court by th ... More >>
© California Academy of SciencesThe most expensive bush since Reggie Bush? Readers may recall the irony of scientists discovering an "extinct" Franciscan Manzanita, a plant no one had seen for 60 years in the wild, right in the middle of land about to be leveled for a highway project. At the tim ... More >>
Going, going, gone?On April Fools' Day, the CEO of Caltrain made an announcement we wish was just a joke: The agency is beyond broke, and will move to cut half its service. And that's only if it's lucky enough to survive at all. That was the bad news. Here's the worse news: According to transit e ... More >>
Joe EskenaziBarry's Caltrain dis...Sports fans -- and public rail enthusiasts -- may have heard how larger-than-life images of San Francisco Giants' stars are now gracing Caltrains' gallery cars. It remains to be seen if this will put more derrieres in AT&T Park's seats -- but it's a wonderfu ... More >>
You likely soon won't see one of these during non-commuter hoursWhenever your CEO prefaces his message to the board with "This is not an April Fools' joke," you're in for some bad news. And bad news is what Caltrain boss Mike Scanlon delivered yesterday: "There's a possibility this railroad could ... More >>
View Larger MapA pickup truck and garbage truck collided at around 5 a.m. near the Caltrain station, reports KTVU. The pickup subsequently spun out, striking and killing a pedestrian -- and the driver of that vehicle has been detained by police following a sobriety test.The Medical Examiner told SF ... More >>
© California Academy of SciencesWhich costs more: Nurturing a super-rare plant or sending a kid to college? Earlier this week, SF Weekly wrote about how amazingly well everything had gone in the hastily planned relocation of the Presidio's Franciscan Manzanita -- a plant no one had seen in the w ... More >>
Do you like that warm feeling you get knowing that random acts of crime-ness are being committed around you every moment of the day? Well, if so, you're in luck. The latest addition to the city's amalgam of crime-mapping web sites, www.crimemapping.com, lets you type in an address, tinker with ... More >>
A less problematic S-CurveFollowing yesterday's terrifying plunge off the Bay Bridge by a speeding trucker, Caltrans wheeled out the surplus signage to inform drivers of what should have been all too obvious: The posted speed limit on the bridge isn't just a suggestion. Your humble narrator perso ... More >>
truckspills.comIt's an amusing photo, but, technically, when food falls off the back of a truck, the general public has no right to purloin itIt turns out that the can of vegetables you serve for dinner in the near future may have a more interesting story to tell than you do. You've probably read ... More >>
Once it starts spinning, you should probably grab your train.An update on Iron Cactus (683 Fourth St. at Townsend), the SOMA taqueria adjacent to The Creamery (and from the same owners): The revised opening date is next Wednesday, Oct. 21. Iron Cactus' wagonwheel logo, an interior of repurpos ... More >>
We're living through the "interesting times" of the apocryphal malevolent Chinese proverb when folks' first reaction to hearing that Caltrain plans on raising fees while cutting services is "thank God!" The fewer trains running on the tracks, the fewer Gunn High students can end their brief lives be ... More >>
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