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Mapping Life Without the L Train

This fall, DOT and the MTA will unveil their plan to keep New Yorkers moving when the L train west of Bedford Avenue shuts down for repairs. But what if the L train went away and nothing took its place? A new mapping tool from Sidewalk Labs, “NYC Transit Explorer,” shows how far you can get via transit from any point in a given amount of time. It also includes an option to see how things change when you strip the western segment of the L train out of the system.

Taking Stock of Vision Zero Three Years In

The de Blasio administration has reduced fatalities every year -- the first time in more than a decade the city has had a streak of three years with declining traffic deaths. But the pace of improvement leveled off in 2016, highlighting how much work remains to reach the Vision Zero target.
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Metro Board to Vote on Union Station Run-Through Tracks

Tomorrow, the Metro board will be voting on a recommended alternative for future run-through tracks at Union Station. The new loop tracks would extend Union Station’s existing stub-end tracks. The project will include tracks running on a new wide 101 Freeway bridge just east of the existing Gold Line bridge. The new L-shaped bridge will connect trains to […]
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Key SF Supervisor Commits to Protected Bike Lanes on Upper Market

Last week, the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition (SFBC) launched a letter-writing drive to make sure protected bike lanes are part of SFMTA’s Upper Market Street Safety Project from Octavia to the start of the Duboce bicycle path. And, Streetsblog learned this afternoon, it looks as if the campaign worked. First, from the article published last week […]

Safety Changes Explored for 17th and Church

Last night, at the Mission Police Station on Valencia, the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) held an open house on making 17th Street, between Church and Sanchez, safer for cyclists. As many Streetsblog readers are aware, the railway tracks and the width of the street make for particularly hazardous conditions for cyclists traveling between […]

There’s a Petition to Save Caltrain Electrification Funds

Caltrain staffers and transit advocates are urging people to sign a White House petition to convince President Trump to save its $2 billion electrification project. From the petition: Mr. Trump, You have said infrastructure and jobs will be a keystone of your administration. When you spoke with Silicon Valley leaders you praised their innovation and said “anything we […]
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Stop-as-Yield Bill Introduced in California

Richard Masoner at Cyclelicious has a roundup of new bicycle-related bills introduced just before California’s deadline on Friday. Two are big news, including one that should clarify the rules about what the law about staying to the right actually means. A.B. 694, says Masoner, as of this writing completely removes the text ‘as close as […]




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Texas Legislators Call for Safe Neighborhood Streets

Yesterday Texas State Representative Celia Israel called for passage of the Safe Neighborhood Streets Bill (HB 1368). She was joined by Austin Mayor Steve Adler, Fort Worth Council Member Ann Zadeh, and Houston Public Works and Engineering Department Deputy Director Jeff Weatherford, as well as Representative Helen Giddings, who said that she would be the first co-sponsor of the bill.
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