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[By Beat News Service | 6 Jul 2013 | No Comments]
People watch and photograph the fuselage of a wrecked Asiana Airlines Boeing 777 that crashed on landing at San Francisco International Airport Saturday, July 6, 2013. (CALIFORNIA BEAT PHOTO)

(7/7) —  1030 UPDATE — SAN FRANCISCO, CALIF. —

An Asiana Airlines Boeing 777 jet crash-landed at San Francisco International Airport just before 11:30 a.m. Saturday, killing two and injuring 182.

The plane — Asiana Flight 214, inbound from Incheon, South Korea — was attempting to land at the airport when it crashed and caught fire. The Boeing 777-200 was nearly full, carrying 291 passengers and 16 crew members.

[By Beat News Service | 4 Jul 2013 | No Comments]
A BART train passes through the empty West Oakland BART station, closed due to a strike. (Steven Luo / CALIFORNIA BEAT)

(7/4) – 2347 PDT — OAKLAND, CALIF. – BART workers will return to work Friday, bringing an end to a crippling strike that paralyzed Bay Area roadways, the agency and union leaders said Thursday night.

BART officials said train service will resume at 3 p.m. Friday in time for the San Francisco Giants game at AT&T Park against the Los Angeles Dodgers at 7:15 p.m.

[By Steven Luo | 3 Jul 2013 | No Comments]
Passengers wait for an AC Transit Transbay bus in Oakland during Tuesday afternoon's BART-strike-hit commute. (Steven Luo / CALIFORNIA BEAT)

Bay Area commuters faced crowded buses, ferries and freeways on the second day of the on-going work stoppage by the two unions representing BART’s train operators, station agents and mechanics.

Here’s our collection of photos of what Tuesday’s commute looked like, and what future commutes will probably resemble, until the transit district reaches a contract agreement with its unions.

[By Beat News Service | 2 Jul 2013 | One Comment]
Gates bar the entrance to West Oakland BART station, closed due to a strike. (Steven Luo / CALIFORNIA BEAT)

At the urging of the state’s labor secretary, Bay Area leaders and other politicians, BART’s two striking unions and the transit agency returned to the bargaining table Tuesday night.

However, hours of talks facilitated by a state mediator were not enough to prevent the strike from entering a third day.

[By California Beat | 1 Jul 2013 | No Comments]
An AC Transit bus off-loads passengers at a bus stop at the temporary Transit Center. (CALIFORNIA BEAT PHOTO)

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With BART train operators and station agents going out on strike starting Monday morning, Bay Area traffic is going to be a mess. Plan to leave at least 90 minutes additional time to get to your destination.

We offer a guide to getting around the Bay Area as quickly as possible without BART.

[By Beat News Service | 25 Nov 2012 | No Comments]

The California Highway Patrol and local police agencies reported at least a dozen traffic deaths on Northern California roadways over the Thanksgiving holiday, marking a bloody increase in the number of fatalities during one of the busiest periods for travel each year.

One of the deadliest crashes happened Saturday evening when a 2004 Toyota Prius crossed the center line and slammed head-on into a van on Highway 50 east of Placerville.

[By Beat News Service | 15 Nov 2012 | 3 Comments]
Two center lanes of Church St. will be converted to transit-only lanes as part of a pilot project to speed MUNI service. (Courtesy SFMTA)

A three-block stretch of Church Street will become part of an experiment to expedite service on two of San Francisco’s busiest and chronically late transit lines.

The city’s Municipal Transportation Agency will convert the two center lanes of traffic — one in each direction — of Church St. between Duboce Ave. and 16th St. for use exclusively by MUNI vehicles and taxis 24 hours a day.

[By California Beat | 14 Nov 2012 | One Comment]
Muni's oldest streetcar in the fleet, No. 578 makes the turn onto Don Chee Way in front of the Ferry Building. (CALIFORNIA BEAT PHOTO)

From the California Beat photography collection, Bay Area Snapshots is an occasional glimpse at daily life in the San Francisco Bay Area.

[By Andrew Leonard | 13 Nov 2012 | One Comment]
A cyclist is treated for injuries after falling off of a bike while drunk.

Police have decided not to charge the driver of the SUV who struck and killed a Novato girl on a busy street in October, the department announced Nov. 8. The girl, who had been riding on West Novato Boulevard, was hit head-on by the SUV and died after she was taken to a local trauma center.

The cause of the accident remains a mystery to investigators. At the time, it was only known the Hailey Ratliff, 12, was new to the area and may have been unfamiliar with the roads.

[By Beat News Service | 13 Nov 2012 | No Comments]
An image from video footage shows an unidentified man throwing an object into a Muni bus, setting it on fire Oct. 29. (Courtesy SF Police)

It’s bad enough that hoodlums decided to set fire to a $700,000 MUNI bus in celebration of the San Francisco Giants’s World Series Championship on the morning of October 29, but it’s the  particular bus they chose to destroy that has the city on the hook for more than the original retail price.

The heavily damaged vehicle was one of dozens of buses that have recently returned from a $300,000 mid-life rehabilitation performed at Complete Coach Works in Riverside, the Beat has learned.