“Zakhary Mallett, has proposed severing BART’s partnership with the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Authority to end their joint “A” Fast Pass program that allows unlimited rides on both systems for $74 per month. And after he’s done with that, Mallett says he’ll take aim at the BART fare structure that charges $1.75 for rides of six miles or less, saying that San Francisco residents shouldn’t be able to access BART’s relatively luxurious trains for less than the $2 it costs to catch a Muni bus.”
New BART director wants to raise fares in San Francisco and end “A” Fast Pass [SFBG]

“Changes would kick in July 1 if the board approves them at this meeting, and they’d include adding bicycle waiting areas at the 12th Street and 19th Street stations underneath Broadway in downtown Oakland, as well as some changes to train car interiors to add space for bikes.”
BART board set to vote on lifting rush hour bike ban [Biz Times]

“Caltrans e-mails and other documents released Tuesday show that a major supplier of rods for both bridge projects, Dyson Corp. of Ohio, was influential in persuading the agency to adopt the high-risk bolts on the eastern span – even though the state had barred the bolts from other bridge projects because of their vulnerability to cracking if invaded by hydrogen. “
Supplier urged use of banned Bay Bridge rods [Chron]

“Facing stiff opposition from within the airline industry and scrutiny from Congress, last month, the Transportation Security Administration tabled its proposed policy to allow knives back onto aircraft. But the delay was only temporary, and agency Administrator John Pistole has remained vague about any plans to revive the proposal. Industry observers say it could be quietly re-implemented as soon as Memorial Day weekend.”
TSA might soon allow knives on planes despite outcry [Ex]

“The 12-page report, known as a ‘mini-monthly report,’ said the $1.6 billion project, which would reach 1.7 miles from the Caltrain terminal to Chinatown, then a North Beach tunnel-boring machine extraction site, is dangerously close to exhausting its contingencies in both money and time.”
Central Subway pushing the limit? [Chron]

“We were involved in discussions about this contract for years. But it turns out that wasn’t outreach, it was a dog-and-pony show.”
SFMTA approves Central Subway contract with Tutor Perini despite concerns [Ex]

“Following a nearly two-year pilot designating 12 curbside spaces for the non-profit City CarShare, the SFMTA is planning a major expansion [PDF] in the next two years. In the first year, up to 150 spaces would be set aside for each car-share organization. An additional 150 would be available to each organization in the second year.”
SFMTA to Designate Hundreds of Curbside Parking Spots for Car-Sharing [Streetsblog]

“This brings up an interesting point: Muni does not have a quantifiable process to determine when to keep or surrender controversial ad money. “
Muni Plans to Keep “Israeli Apartheid” Ad Money After Surrendering “Jihad” Ad Funds [Weekly]

“Currently, multiple trains often sit at the same platform, but only the one at the front can load. “
Muni to Test Double-Train Loading in Metro Stations This July [Streetsblog]

Experts weigh in on Bay Bridge broken bolt debacle [ABC7]

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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