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6/7: The future of Bay Area transit

Jun 7, 2016


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The KALW News team is looking for three experienced radio reporters to cover beats for our daily news magazine Crosscurrents and to produce spots for our new daily newscasts.

Bonnie Chan

Chris Peeples is president of the AC Transit Board of Directors. He takes the bus to get to work and to doctor’s appointments; he had a stroke five years ago and doesn’t walk easily, even with a cane. In the last year, his professional and medical lives have collided in an unexpected way.

Daily News Roundup for Thursday, March 10, 2016

Mar 10, 2016
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Snapchat, Seagate among companies duped in tax-fraud scam // SF Gate

March 14, 2016:   Host Joseph Pace dives into proposals to eliminate both the 4th and Mission rail yard and the end of I-280.  

Robin Chase changed the way we think about transportation

Daily news roundup for Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Feb 10, 2016
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New express lanes opening on I-580 // San Jose Mercury News

“Bay Area drivers, the era of highway express lanes is dawning.

“Starting this month, a 14-mile stretch of carpool lanes that will double as toll lanes -- allowing solo drivers to use them for a price -- will open on Interstate 580 from Dublin to Livermore.

Super Bowl Impact: How will the big game affect your commute?

Jan 27, 2016
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Although the Super Bowl game is taking place in Santa Clara, the majority of pre-game celebrations will take place in busy downtown San Francisco and along the Embarcadero.

Daily news roundup for Monday, December 14, 2015

Dec 14, 2015
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Long neglected road maintenance is now urgent and expensive // CALmatters

Californians pay one of the highest gas taxes in the country yet we have some of the worst roads. The state needs $135 billion to repair all the roads in poor or mediocre condition that have been identified by state and local officials.

Audrey Dilling

 

 

When it’s finished, the Transbay Terminal will be a hub for 11 public transit systems – from Muni to AC Transit to California High Speed Rail – connecting people from all around the state. It’s being touted as the future “Grand Central of the West”. But right now, it’s a big hole in the ground – one that people have to travel around, rather than through.

HOLLY J. MCDEDE

 

 

The overpass dance floor fan club

For JaVonne Hatfield, overpasses are the only dance floor necessary.

Daily news roundup for Monday, November 23, 2015

Nov 23, 2015
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Finally, Good News on the School to Prison Pipeline // New America Media

"Studies show that the vast majority of youth in the juvenile justice system were suspended from school before winding up incarcerated or on probation. And the majority of adult inmates in state prisons around the country were once in the juvenile system. Hence the pipeline – from school suspension to juvenile hall to the penitentiary."

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On the November 17th edition of Your Call, we’ll discuss planning for a growing Bay Area. 

How Bay Area bike groups are putting more women on two wheels

Nov 10, 2015
Lezak Shallat

 

The number of urban cyclists has skyrocketed in the Bay Area in recent years. In San Francisco, ridership increased 96 percent from 2006 to 2013. But women make up just one-third of bike riders in the city.

San Francisco is a city known for a lot of things: cable cars, political activism, a vibrant arts scene. One annual event has been bringing these things together for 12 years now.

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Right to die: California Gov. Jerry Brown signs law //San Jose Mercury News

“Granting terminally ill patients the right to end their lives with a doctor's help, Gov. Jerry Brown on Monday signed the End of Life Option Act, a measure that triggered personal and passionate conflict across the state -- and in the conscience of the governor himself.

Daily news roundup for Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Sep 16, 2015
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SFMTA says it needs $21 billion for next 20 years // SF Examiner

"Money makes transit go ’round. And in San Francisco, a new number has been identified to do just that: $21 billion.

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Since 2008, San Franciscans have signed off on more than two billion dollars worth of bonds. A bond is a loan taken out by the city to pay for big projects. But who keeps track of all that money?

Cannabis News Roundup: 08.28.15

Aug 28, 2015
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Legalization campaigns need cash… Tribe breaks ties with town police over marijuana… Delivery services aid in education… Are firefighters getting high on the job? … and more.

LEGALIZATION & LEGISLATION

Daily news roundup for Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Aug 25, 2015
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Police arrest robbery suspect following foot chase through BART tunnels // SF Examiner

“A robbery suspect sent polio on a roughly one-hour foot pursuit through the BART tunnels near the Lake Merritt station today, a BART police lieutenant said.

The Spot: Subframes

Jul 16, 2015
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This week on KALW's showcase for the best stories from public radio podcasts and independent radio producers...

  

  

On the July 1st edition of Your Call, we’ll have a conversation about labor laws and how they affect the explosion of independent contractors. 

Daily news roundup for Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Jun 30, 2015
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California legislature passes strict school vaccine bill // KRON

 

“State lawmakers on Monday sent Gov. Jerry Brown a controversial vaccine bill that would impose one of the strictest school immunizations laws in the country.

The Upshot: Fire on the 57 Bus in Oakland

Jun 16, 2015
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In November 2013, agender teenager Sasha Fleischman was riding the 57 bus home from school when teenager Richard Thomas set Fleischman’s skirt on fire. Fleischman went to the hospital for 23 days; Thomas went to prison for 7 years. In a recent New York Times magazine article, journalist Dashka Slater explores the lives and motivations of both these teenagers.

 Years ago, private jitneys roamed up and down Mission Street collecting passengers, as an alternative to MUNI. Within the last few months, three new companies, Chariot, Leap and Loup, began offering shuttle services in San Francisco, though at least one recently suspended operations.  Are these new services siphoning riders, and therefore money, from MUNI?  Are they elitist, as many claim?  And how will they impact the bigger transportation picture in San Francisco?  Host Joseph Pace looks at the politics and impacts of these upscale jitneys.

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Daily news roundup for Thursday, May 21, 2015

May 21, 2015
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SF schools are developing computer science curriculum for all grade levels // SF Examiner

Daily news roundup for Thursday, May 7, 2015

May 7, 2015
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Taxi drivers catch a break from SFMTA // SF Examiner

"Fearing unfair competition from Uber and Lyft, The City just cut taxi drivers a break. The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency board of directors voted unanimously Tuesday to approve waiving taxi medallion renewal fees for this year, which are $1,000 annually.

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A new report from the Dutch mapping company TomTom ranks San Francisco the second most congested city in the country; only Los Angeles is worse. And in times of gridlock, people often choose to take public transit, bike, or even walk in order to avoid driving. It’s the job of the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) to make those alternatives as appealing as possible.

Tom Nolan is chairman of the SFMTA. Nolan has served on transportation boards throughout the Bay Area, including SamTrans and Caltrain. Now, as Muni's chair, he’s presiding over the board at a time of rapid change. Tom Nolan sat down with KALW’s Raja Shah to talk about the current state of public transit in San Francisco and where it might be heading.

Daily news roundup for Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Apr 14, 2015
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BART can’t keep pace with rising 'crush loads’ // SF Gate

"With a familiar beep-beep, a Fremont-bound BART train rumbles into MacArthur Station in Oakland and an equally familiar routine begins. Hundreds of passengers exit. Most walk, some jog, across the platform and form neat lines as a San Francisco train rolls in.

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