“The base of the new Bay Bridge eastern span’s signature tower is secured by more than 400 high-strength steel rods that were galvanized under conditions Caltrans barred as putting them at risk of cracking, The Chronicle has learned.”
Bay Bridge rod troubles extend to base [Chron] [CBS5]

“My gut (feeling) is that the more and more we know in terms of what we need to do, whether it’s retrofit or replacement or evaluation, it’s making that schedule tougher and tougher to do.”
MTC Chair Says Bay Bridge Timeline In Doubt After Report Of More Bad Bolts [KCBS]

“The new Bay Bridge span has issues that need to be fully and adequately addressed before the eastern section opens to vehicular traffic. While local, state and federal officials should work in an expedited manner, they should not rush to meet the artificial deadline of a holiday weekend for any grand opening ceremonies.”
New Bay Bridge repairs should focus on safety, not completion date [Ex]

“Because of a historical quirk in its funding system, Caltrain is struggling. With no dedicated, stable source of funding, it might even have to undermine its own success and cut service next year. “
Caltrain deserves reliable funding [Chron]

“There are currently no parklets in Bernal Heights. We at 903 are taking steps to be the first to provide this amenity, and with the help of the residents and friends of the neighborhood we can make it happen.”
Kickstarter Drive Underway for New Parklet at 903 Cortland [Bernalwood]

“Seven weeks after the SF Municipal Transportation Agency painted red transit-only lanes on several blocks of Church Street, Muni reports that the J-Church and 22-Fillmore lines are moving faster and more reliably. On the stretch between Duboce Avenue and 16th Street, travel times on the two lines have dropped by 5 percent, and the buses and trains are 20 percent more reliable, arriving closer to their scheduled arrival times.”
Red Transit Lanes on Church Have Made Muni Faster and More Reliable [Streetsblog] [Ex]

“Residents can request a sidewalk garden through the urban forest group. Property owners are responsible for the price of permits and upkeep once gardens are installed. Before a project can begin, inspections need to be completed by the Department of Public Works, including a survey of the sidewalk to ensure there is still enough room for pedestrians.”
SF removing sidewalk concrete, replacing it with gardens [Ex]

“Wary of any excessive damage to the 3.6-mile-long structure, BART is embarking on a $900,000 program to have on-call repair services available each time an anode is found to be in need of repair. A team of scuba divers and barge operators will be ready each time BART discovers a broken anode, a contrast from the scramble the agency now has to make for available workers.”
BART working to protect Transbay Tube from elements, ships [Ex]

“Union leaders for the mechanics, station agents and train operators who make up the local Amalgamated Transit Union, are going into the talks seemingly frustrated with the transit agency.”
Contract Negotiations Between BART, Labor Union Set to Begin [KCBS]

“The values can be way off because the area the train station is in is not representative of the total area.”
Interactive Map Shows Which S.F. Transit Stops Are Rich and Which Are Poor [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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