BART’s parking problem: Maddening search when lots are full

By Hamed Aleaziz : sfweekly – excerpt

…BART has no system for notifying passengers when most lots fill up, but that may be changing.

“It’s frustrating,” said Myra O’Ferrall, 52, of San Ramon, one of those who had to turn around on the top floor of the parking garage on the Dublin side of the highway.

“It’s an incredible waste of time,” said Mark Boyce, 51, who drives to BART from his home in Tracy so he can ride into Oakland. “I drive an hour and a half to get here. The last thing I want to do is drive around looking for parking in a full parking lot with other people doing the same thing.”

According to BART officials, the agency is working on a solution at several stations… (more)

The real solution is to provide more parking, not spending a lot of time on alerting people when the lots are full.

The Big Bike Dilemma: The Bike-Share Supply Chain Breaks Down

By sfweeklyexcerpt

Bay Area Bike Share’s hefty, powder-blue cruisers have been rolling through S.F. since August 2013, and Heath Maddox, manager of SFMTA’s bikeshare program, is eager to see more of them.

“The chief complaint people have is that they want the system to be bigger,” says Maddox. “We couldn’t agree more.”

But S.F. can’t get a bigger system, not because it can’t afford the additional bikes (the money for 15 new stations in S.F. and 15 more on the Peninsula has been in place for a year), but because the companies contracted to produce the bikes are in turmoil — one is bankrupt and the other is up for sale… (more)