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Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Caltrans Admits More Roads Mean More Traffic and Your Commute Will be Hell for All Eternity

Posted By on Wed, Nov 18, 2015 at 1:03 PM

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Last month, Caltrans linked to a policy brief that sought to address whether more highways means less traffic congestion. Needless to say, the brief didn’t go viral, but it’s piquing curiosity as word gets out. Most state Departments of Transportation endorse the idea that building more roads spurs “economic benefits” and relieves traffic, but California, as it often does, bucks that trend.

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Thursday, September 3, 2015

Bay Bridge Chicken is in Custody, "Well Fleshed"

Posted By on Thu, Sep 3, 2015 at 1:33 PM

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The chicken that tied up traffic on the Bay Bridge yesterday morning has been caught and delivered to Oakland Animal Services, Bay City News reports

The chicken was apparently apprehended by the California Highway Patrol around 10:00 a.m. yesterday. It was first taken to the Berkeley Animal Services shelter before being transferred to Oakland. 

Tiana Scott, the manager of the Oakland shelter, told the Bay City News, "We do have the chicken in our custody and a potential owner has called us. It looks very healthy. It’s walking around and talking a lot. It’s a vibrant chicken, well fleshed."

If no one comes forward to claim ownership of the chicken, it may be available for adoption. 

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Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Has Anyone Seen My Chicken?

Posted By on Wed, Sep 2, 2015 at 9:54 AM

  • Courtesy of Jeff Chu/@jeffchu
A loose chicken reportedly fouled traffic on the Bay Bridge this morning, as it attempted to cross the road. There is no word so far as to whether it made it to the other side. 

KCBS reports that the chicken was first spotted around 5:50 a.m. near the Fast Trak lanes by the toll plaza. As of 9:12 a.m., KPIX reports that Caltrans was allowing the chicken to continue running amok "since it’s safer than putting a crew member in traffic to catch it." 

Reached for comment, the chicken told SF Weekly, "The sky is falling." 

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Friday, July 31, 2015

Stay On Your Side of the Bay This Weekend

Posted By on Fri, Jul 31, 2015 at 11:05 AM

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BART is shutting down its transbay service this weekend to make repairs to the transbay tube, so if at all possible, STAY ON YOUR SIDE OF THE BAY. 

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Friday, May 8, 2015

Stay Home This Weekend

Posted By on Fri, May 8, 2015 at 12:00 PM

Don't try to go anywhere this weekend. The traffic will be miserable and BART probably will be too and you'll be better off just staying in bed. 

At 10 PM tonight, the San Mateo Bridge will close in both directions for resurfacing, and it will stay closed until 5 AM Monday morning. According to the San Francisco Chronicle, BART will also be stopping service between Coliseum and Fruitvale all day Saturday and Sunday. 

The roads will probably be awful so really, just stay home. Watch television. Read a book. You don't want to go outside anyway. 

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Wednesday, February 25, 2015

San Francisco Is Very Dangerous But Not Deadly for Cyclists, Report Says

Posted By on Wed, Feb 25, 2015 at 4:34 PM

It happens. Often.
  • It happens. Often.
San Francisco is the most dangerous city in California for cyclists. But there's good news in that troubling tidbit, according to  a city report: San Francisco is not the most deadly city in California for cyclists.

The injury rate for bike riders in San Francisco — over 75 per 100,000 residents — is almost double that of any other California county between 2009 and 2012, according to the "Population Health" report released by the city Controller earlier this month. In Alameda County, where plenty of people ride bicycles, the accident rate was barely 40 for every 100,000 residents. 

But our riders are bruised and not broken. "Paradoxically... San Franciscans were the most likely to be injured but the least likely to be killed," the report found.

Do we just have stellar helmets or damn good luck?

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Thursday, February 5, 2015

Hey Commuters, BART Is Running Late

Posted By on Thu, Feb 5, 2015 at 4:54 PM

Hopefully, you brought a book to read for your afternoon commute, because the train is running late — really late. 

BART is reporting a "major delay" between the Coliseum and Fruitvale in the Dublin / Pleasanton, Fremont, Richmond and Daly City directions, which officials are attributing to equipment problem.

No word on how long you will be delayed this evening. 

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Thursday, January 29, 2015

Another Water Main Breaks, Traffic Snarls Through the Panhandle

Posted By on Thu, Jan 29, 2015 at 8:39 AM

Those old water pipes are at it again. An 8-inch water main reportedly broke near San Francisco’s Panhandle early this morning, causing nasty traffic jams for the morning commute. 

According to The Public Utilities Commission, the pipe broke sometime around 5 a.m. at the intersection of Oak and Baker streets. 

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Monday, January 19, 2015

Protesters Have Now Closed Down the Coliseum BART Station (Update)

Posted By on Mon, Jan 19, 2015 at 3:58 PM

Update 4:55 p.m.: The station is back open, but BART is warning of other station closures periodically tonight. Just brace yourselves for a potentially long evening on transit. Also, if you're driving, things aren't shaping up to be much better. We're reading reports from CHP that protesters have shut down the San Mateo Bridge.

Protesters marching through East Oakland for MLK Day took a slight detour this afternoon, forcing BART to close down the Coliseum Station just as people were leaving a nearby sporting event. 

BART just now warned commuters of the disruption saying the station has been closed for now "due to a civil disturbance" and it's best to find another ride. 

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Friday, January 16, 2015

Spoon-Banging Protesters Close Two BART Stations (Update)

Posted By on Fri, Jan 16, 2015 at 7:14 AM

Update 9:45 a.m.: Things are slowly getting back to normal. According to BART, there's a 15-minute delay systemwide due to all that protesting from this morning. But don't worry, you will get to work, eventually. 

Update 9 a.m.: Okay, so the good news is that Montgomery Street Station is open, but now the Powell Street station is closed — as is Embarcadero. BART issued the following statement now: "Due to a civil disturbance in downtown San Francisco, station stops are changing moment by moment. Some trains may not stop at certain downtown stations. Please listen carefully to your train operator's announcements for up to the minute service details. MUNI is providing mutual aid for the downtown area."

Original Story 7:30 a.m.: Police and pretty much everyone at BART have been waiting for this moment: Protesters have reportedly ruined the morning commute. 

Protesters vowed to shut down the BART station at 7 a.m. sharp (although they were a little late this morning) as part of the #Blacklivesmatter movement. Commuters braced themselves all week, planning for a Friday from hell, which protesters have dubbed #BlackFriday.

And from what we're hearing, BART kicked commuters out of the Montgomery Station. So protesters marched to  the Embarcadero Station which is also now closed "due to civil disobedience."

"Due to a civil disdurbance at Montgomery Station, trains will not stop at Montgomery Station.Please seek other forms of transportation if traveling to Montgomery Station. There is a station closure at Embarcadero due to a civil disturbance," the transit agency said in a statement. 

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