“As part of the federal budget for the current fiscal year, the Central Subway was awarded about $142 million through the Federal Transit Administration’s New Starts program.”
[Central Subway] awarded $142 million in federal New Starts funds

“The SFMTA announced today that they’re planning to install the city’s first automated real-time biker counter” [Curbed] [Chron]

“Former Board of Supervisors President Aaron Peskin has filed an ethics complaint against Municipal Transportation Agency board member Cheryl Brinkman, alleging a conflict of interest in the awarding of a high-profile Central Subway contract.” (second item) [Chron]

“Caltrans engineers ordered tests in 2008 that might have revealed problems with the bolts that ultimately snapped on the Bay Bridge eastern-span project, but those tests were never done after the contractor disputed whether they were required, state documents show.”
Caltrans missed chance to detect bad bolts [Chron]

“Over the past decade, its price tag has leaped by 150 percent while the line’s estimated ridership has fallen by 65 percent.”
Grout Expectations: The Central Subway Plan Tries to Compensate for its Shortcomings, but May Just Frack it Up [Weekly]

“More cabs will roll onto the streets this year, despite concerns from taxi drivers about the uncertain future of the industry.”
More taxis approved for SF [Chron] [Ex]

“even if you aren’t one of those idiots who gives themselves a pedicure en route to Powell Street, everyone on BART hates you anyway”
This Is Why Everyone on BART Hates You [Weekly]

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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