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Catch a TIGER by the Toe

The SFCTA and MTC are hoping to score $50 million of TIGER funds for Doyle Drive. Rendering courtesy of SFCTA. Certain pots of money in the ARRA federal stimulus bill that have been earmarked for transportation, like the $8 billion of grants for high-speed rail, have gotten a lot of attention. Other pots of money, … Continue reading

Bay-Delta: Shaking Things Up

This is the 3rd post in a series of posts on the crisis facing the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta. It has been a few months since posting the first two installments, but it’s my intention to start it up again. Click here to see a list of all posts in the series and to refresh … Continue reading

Open Thread and Early May News Roundup

I have been too busy lately to post regularly, but there is still plenty going on in the world of Bay Area planning and transit. My guess, and hope, is that people will still want to discuss the news, even though I am unable to pull enough time together to prepare full posts on these … Continue reading

In Search of a Stable Equilibrium

The elimination of State Transit Assistance (STA) funds in California has forced transit operators throughout California to scrape the bottom of the barrel, so to speak, in search of replacement money for operations; this has resulted in controversial proposals to raise fares while trimming service. But if there is any silver lining to be found … Continue reading

Bay-Delta: Levees, Climate Change, and Water Quality

This is the 2nd post in a series on the crisis facing the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta. Click here for a list of all posts in the series. For several decades following the Gold Rush, almost a half million acres of the Delta, then a tidal marsh, were drained and reclaimed. Since then, the uncovered … Continue reading

Bay-Delta: An Introduction

This is the 1st in a series on the crisis facing the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta. Click here for a list of all posts in the series. Bradford Island, western Delta; courtesy of Sac Bee. The Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta (referred to here as simply “the Delta”) is, in a nutshell, California’s most important water … Continue reading

The Bay-Delta Estuary: From Crisis to Sustainability

Mandeville Island, Quimby Island, and Piper Slough (central Delta); courtesy of EDF. We’re going to go out on a limb here: Transbay Blog is, after all, about city and transit planning, not water planning. But this website is also dedicated to, perhaps above all, how to accommodate responsible and well-planned growth — and impacts on … Continue reading

Transit Ridership Increases in 2008

Transit ridership has reached a 52-year high, reports APTA, with 10.7 billion transit trips taken in the year 2008. This represent a 4% increase over 2007, and vehicle miles traveled decreased 3.6% nationwide during the same period of time; it also represents a 38% increase since 1995, a rate that outpaces growth in both population … Continue reading

Update: Bay Area STA Funds for 2008-09

Last week, we discussed how the finalized state budget decimated State Transit Assistance Funds (STA) funds, and what the result would be for Bay Area transit operators in terms of lost operating revenue. That previous post contained the Metropolitan Transportation Commission’s figures on how the remaining STA funds would be distributed between Bay Area transit … Continue reading

Budget Deal Is Not A Deal For Transit

UPDATE (23 February 2009): For updated figures on transit funding loss for FY2008-09, read this post. The big piece of news in California is the long-overdue compromise in the state legislature over how to close the General Fund shortfall, which amounts to $42 billion through June 2010. The budget consists of $15 billion cuts to … Continue reading

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