California budget ends high-speed rail standoff, sends billions to other projects

By Eliyahu Kamisher : montereyherald – excerpt

High-speed rail agreement solidifies 171-mile Central Valley link

After wrangling over the future of California’s high-speed rail, state lawmakers plan to release a critical batch of money to finish a bullet train in the Central Valley, while also establishing an inspector general to audit the beleaguered project and authorizing billions of dollars in new money for rail plans across the state.

The agreement, included in a budget trailer bill that passed the Assembly Thursday night, ends a year-plus deadlock in Sacramento on how to spend the last chunk of $4.2 billion in bond funds for high-speed rail, which voters approved in 2008. Gov. Gavin Newsom wanted to march forward with laying track in Central Valley farmland and eventually connecting Bakersfield to Merced, but leading Democratic lawmakers blasted the Central Valley link and sought to reroute transit funds closer to their constituents in urban centers…(more)

These San Francisco Muni bus lines are returning for the first time since the pandemic started

By Silas Valentino : sfgate – excerpt

The power of community feedback is on display with the return of multiple Muni bus lines that will begin connecting neighborhoods together or with downtown San Francisco starting July 9…

Over the last two years, SFMTA reached out to riders by releasing a survey and hosting several open houses to determine which routes passengers most desired. The transit agency said it focused on bus lines that connected folks to essential destinations like hospitals and neighborhood commercial corridors. Their research gives a glimpse into how travel trends shifted since March 2020.

“Trip patterns have changed over the last two years with a noticeable shift in San Francisco residents traveling neighborhood to neighborhood instead of the peak period downtown-centric travel pattern that was prevalent pre-pandemic,” the agency said(more)

It is good to hear the SFMTA is listening to the public. Timing is interesting, since they just lost their $400 million Muni bond and they are getting ready to ask for a sales tax extension.

BART’s biggest day since pandemic began

Bay City News Service : sfexaminer – excerpt

BART’s ridership on Monday for the Golden State Warriors’ championship parade was the largest it has been for a single day since before the pandemic, according to the transit agency.

The 190,519 riders Monday was the largest since COVID-related shutdowns in the Bay Area two years ago but was still well short of the largest daily numbers ever recorded by BART…(more)

BART train derails near San Francisco, riders evacuated

sfgate – excerpt

CONCORD, Calif. (AP) — A Bay Area Rapid Transit train derailed during the evening rush hour on Tuesday, injuring one person and causing delays on the line east of San Francisco, officials said.

Two cars came off the tracks around 5:30 p.m. between the Concord and Pleasant Hill stations in the East Bay, BART spokesperson Alicia Trost said.

Help Open Lake St – submit a public comment today!

Thank you to everyone who has already submitted a public comment — with your help, we have already submitted over 700 Public Comments to the SFMTA — however, the deadline is Friday, June 24, 2022 (11:30 PM), and we need your help to submit hundreds more!The new final design proposal is EXTREME and includes four concrete traffic diverters/barriers at 2nd/Lake, Funston/Lake, 14th/Lake, and 24th/Lake with “NO VEHICLE ENTRY’ signs! This means vehicles will be forced to turn onto the avenues toward California Street creating even more traffic. To view the final design proposal storyboard, click here.

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