75 posts categorized "Transportation"

09/03/2013

Bay Bridge: Mayor Celebrates Opening of New Bridge Eastern Span

Bay Bridge: Mayor Celebrates Opening of New Bridge Eastern SpanThe new eastern span of the Bay Bridge opened on Monday night. The Bay Bridge has been undergoing a major seismic retrofit to be bring it up to current transportation standards. Following the 1989 Loma Prieta Earthquake, which damaged a section of the East Span, extensive studies were undertaken to determine whether the state’s largest bridges were seismically safe. As a result of these studies, it was determined that the entire bridge required seismic safety improvements. The San Francisco side of the Bay Bridge (West Span), required seismic retrofit work; for the Oakland side of the bridge (East Span) the most cost-effective solution requires the complete replacement of the existing span. Seismic safety work on the West Approach to the bridge in San Francisco involved completely removing and replacing a one-mile stretch of Interstate 80 and three on- and three off-ramps. The estimated cost for the new Bay Bridge (East Span), is $6.4 billion.
 
The seismic safety work on the Bay Bridge encompasses multiple projects. Seismic safety work on the West Span of the bridge has already been completed, as has work on the West Approach, the 1-mile stretch of interstate highway connecting San Francisco to the bridge. The East Span of the bridge was seismically upgraded through the complete replacement of the old span. This involved multiple projects, including the construction of a 1.2-mile Skyway; a Self-Anchored Suspension span consisting of a 525-foot tower supporting a bridge deck connecting the Skyway to the Yerba Buena Island Transition Structure on Yerba Buena Island; and the Oakland Touchdown, the east end of the bridge connecting to the toll plaza.
 
The Mayor celebrating this achievement stated today that "This new East Span of the Bay Bridge serves as a monument to human ingenuity and creativity — not to mention patience — to protect and enhance our communities in the face of natural forces beyond our control."
 
For more information about the Bay Bridge project please visit: http://baybridgeinfo.org

08/29/2013

Getting Around: City Launches New Bike Sharing Program

Getting Around: City Launches New Bike Sharing ProgramThe City in partnership with the Bay Area Air Quality Management District, launched on August 29, 2013, the Bay Area Bike Share program in San Francisco. The program will include initially 350 bikes spread across 35 stations. The Bay Area Bike Share system provides an easy and affordable option for making short trips. To use the system, you must join as member; options include Annual ($88), 3-Day ($22), 24-Hour ($9), or pay-by-month Annual ($99 paid in installments of $8.25/month - Coming soon!). Because the Bay Area Bike Share system is intended help you get quickly get from Point A to B, you can make an unlimited number of up to 30-minute trips during your Membership period at no additional cost.

For more information about this regional program, pricing and availability visit the Bay Area Bike Share website.

08/23/2013

Bridge Closure: Bay Bridge to Close on Labor Day Weekend

Bay Bridge to Close on Labor Day WeekendBay Bridge Closure: Labor Day Weekend 2013

Time:  From 8 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 28 To 5 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 3

Motorists will not be able to drive on the bridge on both directions during this closure. As a result, motorists should plan to leverage alternatives for getting to San Francisco and for traveling around the Bay Area while the Bay Bridge is closed during Labor Day weekend.
 
- For more information about the Bay Bridge closure please visit: BayBridgeInfo.org

- For more information about Bay Area Traffic please visit: 511.org

06/19/2013

Green Transportation: Mayor Lee and SFMTA Unveil New Hybrid Buses

Mayor Lee and SFMTA Unveil New Hybrid BusesMayor Edwin M. Lee and the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA), which oversees transportation in the city, including the Municipal Railway (Muni), today announced that for the first time since 2007 the Agency will begin deploying new Muni buses this week. As part of the Agency’s plan to replace the entire bus fleet over the next five years, this procurement of 62 low-floor biodiesel-electric hybrid buses from New Flyer Industries will improve transit service, improve the overall customer experience, and bring clean, brand-new vehicles that use state-of-the-art hybrid and biofuel technologies to make one of the cleanest fleets in the nation even cleaner. Read more.

05/20/2013

Capital Improvement: Mayor Announces SFO Ten-Year Infrastructure Plan

Mayor Announces SFO Ten-Year Infrastructure PlanMayor Edwin M. Lee today announced a $4.1 billion capital improvement plan for San Francisco International Airport (SFO). The long-term infrastructure plan provides funding for terminal improvements, facility enhancements, and the creation of an on-site luxury hotel, pending environmental approval. The plan is expected to create more than 36,000 jobs over the next 10 years.

“SFO’s ten year capital improvement plan ensures that our airport can achieve its goal to create a world-class facility, and continue to be a vital source of job creation in Bay Area,” said Mayor Lee. “SFO is an engine which helps power our local economies, bring tourism and jobs to the entire region, and this investment in our infrastructure keeps that engine running strong.” Read more