Here is a look at some of the transportation headlines gathered by us and the Metro Library. The full list of headlines is posted on the Library’s Transportation Headlines online newspaper, which you can also access via email subscription (visit the newspaper site) or RSS feed.
Traffic smooth after Bay Bridge closure (Sacramento Bee)
This it it: the bridge connecting San Francisco to the East Bay has been closed in order to spend the next few days connecting the new eastern span to Yerba Buena Island and the ground on the East Bay side; the new span is scheduled to open at 5 a.m. Tuesday. Fears of epic gridlock never materialized; the closure has been promoted for months and transit in the region beefed up.
Most amazing statistic: it has been nearly 24 years since the Loma Prieta earthquake damaged the bridge. It should also be noted that the quake did not damage the BART train tunnels that run under San Francisco Bay.
Check out this animation of a drive over the eastern span. There is also bike and pedestrian lanes on the eastern span — too bad it won't be possible to bike all the way to San Francisco. Still, it's something.
Nice map by Lawrence Sims allows users to see ridership gains on each of Metro's rail lines. Nice job, sir! Screen grab below.
Misleading headlines: it's actually one politician — from Riverside — calling for one aspect of the plan to be reinstated: banning trucks on freeways during peak commute hours. The writer at Governing thinks there's evidence that such a ban would help ease traffic. I'm not so sure: the vast majority of vehicles clogging area freeways at rush hour are cars and light trucks. That said, my occasional forays onto the 210 during rush hour are no fun — and part of the no fun-ness is sitting next to giant trucks in my medium-sized Subaru.
Categories: Transportation Headlines