Flooding at Embarcadero Station in San Francisco Causes Trouble for Muni, BART

By NBC Bay Area staff : nbcbayarea – excerpt (includes video)

Flooding at the Embarcadero station in San Francisco triggered issues for both BART and Muni Thursday morning, according to the transit agencies.

The “drainage issue” has primarily impacted Muni, which still has its trains bypassing the station. BART service was temporarily impacted, but normal service has resumed and trains are once again stopping at the station… (more)

Police detain truck driver involved in fatal San Francisco hit-and-run

SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) — San Francisco police have detained the driver of a tractor-trailer who was involved in a deadly hit-and-run in the city’s Tenderloin neighborhood.

ABC7 News Reporter Jobina Fortson was there when officers closed off Broadway St. between Front and Battery…(more)

E-scooter permit program made permanent, number of vehicles may expand

By Joe Fitzgerald Rodriguez : sfexaminer – excerpt

City sets tough standards for companies hoping to win approval to operate in San Francisco

e-scooter rentals are here to stay, and soon their numbers may grow.

But if companies like Scoot, Skip and others want to rent e-scooters in San Francisco, they’re going to have to ensure they recruit customers who aren’t just white, male and rich, like the majority of those riding the “shared” e-scooters here now, according to a recent city survey… (more)

Tax on Uber, Lyft rides heading to voters

By Joshua Sabatini : sfexaminer – excerpt

New fee intended to reduce traffic congestion, fund transit

A tax on fares charged to riders of transportation services like Uber and Lyft is heading to the November ballot.

The Board of Supervisors Budget and Finance Committee approved of the tax Wednesday and the full board is expected to vote next week to place it on the Nov. 5 ballot…(more)

Never miss a chance to tax instead of correcting a bad decision, like removing parking. When motorist had the option of parking to take the bus, their were more people taking it. Of course there were more seats and bus stops and less crowding on Muni as well.

Supes suffer sticker shock over cost of BART’s ‘fancy tents’ to cover escalators

By Joshua Sabatini : sfexaminer – excerpt

Market Street canopy project to total $91.3M, with around half coming from city transportation bond

Members of the Board of Supervisors on Wednesday questioned the high price tag on a plan to place costly canopies over transit station escalators along Market Street.

The Board of Supervisors Budget and Finance Committee put the brakes Wednesday on funding for the $91.3 million BART project, which would install entrance canopies that include gates that lock, to get more information…

Dana said that San Francisco’s structures “are a specialized canopy.”

“If you’ve seen the two pilot canopies that we constructed, the ceiling is kind of like a floating cloud. It is a design that we worked with the city developing,” Dana said. “They are a little different than the ones that are being provided in Berkeley and Oakland, a little bit more costly.”…

‘“This is such a hefty amount of money that actually I would like to get more information on this,” Fewer said… (more)

Why are we always buying the highest priced design? When can we get back to buying off the rack? How many places do we need to go to find out whether the trains are on time or not?