BayBridgeInfo: Most recent update is “All work/testing expected to be done tonight, 3rd party inspection to follow, bridge may not be open for commute, check often for updates” posted at around 9 last night. They also direct us to this eyebar system enhancement diagram

511: Current Status (as of 6:00 a.m., 10/30/09) “Caltrans crews are working to reopen the Bay Bridge as quickly as possible, with a goal of reopening the span sometime on Friday” and some thrilling details on lane restriping at the 92/880 interchange. I’ve really become a believer in 511’s twitter! Kind of amazing they can manage to run one that updates all local transit orgs, and Muni can’t manage even one account to update riders on their status. Where were we? Oh, yeah, Bridge.

ABC7: Bay Bridge unlikely to reopen Friday morning Filed at 5:09 this morning, it’s more of the “no one knows when the bridge will open, traffic and transit is crowded, BART parking is first come first served. They quote MTC spokesperson John Goodwin as saying “It’s not good on the revenue side, yesterday, with the Bay Bridge out of action, we estimate on the toll revenue side a loss of about $335,000.” I already made the joke about how this means the bridge is still losing less than the Chronicle, so I’ll demonstrate restraint for once.

CBS5: Caltrans: No Bridge For Friday AM Commute Filed at 5:02 this morning, they repeat that same old song: “there is no estimated time” when the Bridge will reopen. Also, apparently BART is filled with dummies: “While some first time riders found things a little tricky, veterans were more than happy to help. ‘They don’t know what direction to go…so we always point them out and help them because it’s easier on the regular riders.'”

SFGate/Chron: Bay Bridge could reopen for morning commute is the headline to their most recent story, filed at 10:33 last night. Come on, you guys, broadcast is seriously kicking your ass.

Bridge: Who’s to blame? It’s a nearly all Bridge Letters To The Editor in today’s Chron. “We no longer have enough government to keep our bridges safe and our water clean and to provide basic public health and safety protections!” “Maybe its time to quit robbing Peter to pay Paul as the MTC continues to divert funds away from the Dumbarton project for less efficient and more expensive BART extension projects.” These people need to get blogs.

Sexpigeon: Consider an edgier ride home.

the author

Eve Batey is the editor and publisher of the San Francisco Appeal. She used to be the San Francisco Chronicle's Deputy Managing Editor for Online, and started at the Chronicle as their blogging and interactive editor. Before that, she was a co-founding writer and the lead editor of SFist. She's been in the city since 1997, presently living in the Outer Sunset with her husband, cat, and dog. You can reach Eve at eve@sfappeal.com.

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  • Wil

    Hey Eve, your Chronicle joke is hilarious if its true. But before reposting it on Twitter, I attempted to fact-check it, and the Chron’s $50 million/year loss works out to about $137k/day, which is less than the $335k in lost bridge toll revenue figure from the ABC7 article. Or am I missing something?

  • Wil

    Hey Eve, your Chronicle joke is hilarious if its true. But before reposting it on Twitter, I attempted to fact-check it, and the Chron’s $50 million/year loss works out to about $137k/day, which is less than the $335k in lost bridge toll revenue figure from the ABC7 article. Or am I missing something?

  • Eve Batey

    Wil, I am happy you asked.

    “”The span collects more than $500,000 in tolls, most through FasTrak in a 24 hour period.” Which means that the bridge is on track to lose more than the Chronicle this week!” is what I said in my original, so my second joke makes no sense! I totally forgot who I was mocking, the Bridge or the Chron!

    So, if the Bridge is losing $500 or even $335K a day, my first joke is totally solid, my joke today CRAP. May I attempt to convince you to find the earlier one hilarious?

    ps we could really try to get granular by finding out how much the Chron lost this week, but that report won’t come out for a few days. Only then will we actually know if joke a or joke b is the good one.

  • Eve Batey

    Wil, I am happy you asked.

    “”The span collects more than $500,000 in tolls, most through FasTrak in a 24 hour period.” Which means that the bridge is on track to lose more than the Chronicle this week!” is what I said in my original, so my second joke makes no sense! I totally forgot who I was mocking, the Bridge or the Chron!

    So, if the Bridge is losing $500 or even $335K a day, my first joke is totally solid, my joke today CRAP. May I attempt to convince you to find the earlier one hilarious?

    ps we could really try to get granular by finding out how much the Chron lost this week, but that report won’t come out for a few days. Only then will we actually know if joke a or joke b is the good one.