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Cover Stories, San Francisco, Traffic & Transit »

[By Tim Jue and Vanessa Guerra | 2 Aug 2010 | 7 Comments]
The Transbay Terminal, photographed on its opening day in 1939, greeted thousands of spectators in this photograph. (TJPA Photo)

There will be no grand ceremony, no formal salute and few goodbye tears marking the end of an era.

This Friday, the Transbay Transit Terminal, the drab gray building occupying three blocks of Mission Street that is often ridiculed for its utilitarian appearance and colonization by San Francisco’s homeless population, will close for good.

Cops & Courts, Oakland, Traffic & Transit »

[By California Beat | 21 Jul 2010 | 2 Comments]
BART Police search for an armed man who ran through the subway tunnel near the Lake Merritt Station in Oakland Wednesday. (CALIFORNIA BEAT PHOTO)

OAKLAND — An armed man being chased by police led officers into a BART subway tunnel Wednesday afternoon causing the transit agency to shut off power to trains at the Lake Merritt station.

The foot chase by BART and Oakland Police led to delays of up to 30 minutes for riders traveling in the East Bay because of the power shutdown at approximately 12:15 p.m., the agency reported.

Cops & Courts, Oakland »

[By Jennifer Courtney | 18 Jul 2010 | 10 Comments]
An Oakland Police cruiser blocks access to westbound I-580 Sunday afternoon after a morning gun battle. (CALIFORNIA BEAT PHOTO)

(7/18) — 21:43 PDT — OAKLAND — An anti-government 45 year-old parolee — armed with three guns and wearing body armor — engaged 10 California Highway Patrol officers in a frightening overnight gun battle on Highway 580 in Oakland early Sunday morning that witnesses said lasted more than 30 minutes.

The gun battle left the parolee, identified as Byron Williams of Groveland, California, a town near the western edge of Yosemite National Park, wounded by CHP gunfire and sent two officers to the hospital for non-life threatening injuries after they were hit by shattering glass during the shootout.

Traffic & Transit »

[By California Beat | 2 Nov 2009 | No Comments]

The Bay Bridge — the reason for many commuters’ angst and extended travel times for the past 6 days — reopened Monday morning.

A marathon construction and inspection effort by engineers and bridge safety officials to ensure that the replacement to a failed repair for a cracked eyebar would withstand vibrations that brought down the initial fix that went into place during the Labor Day weekend passed muster Monday morning, allowing Caltrans to give the go ahead to allow vehicles back onto the 73-year old span around 9:00 a.m.

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[By California Beat | 30 Oct 2009 | No Comments]

Caltrans said Sunday afternoon that a setback to emergency repairs to replace a broken part of the eyebar reinforcement installed over Labor Day weekend meant that the bridge would not reopen for the Monday morning commute.

Caltrans spokesperson Bart Ney said that a stress test overnight Saturday revealed that metal-on-metal contact responsible for the failure had not been eliminated, requiring modifications.

Ney did not give an estimated time of reopening, saying that he didn’t “want to make a false prediction.”

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[By California Beat | 29 Oct 2009 | No Comments]

Caltrans said Friday afternoon that emergency repairs to replace a broken part of the eyebar reinforcement installed over Labor Day weekend would “go into the weekend” and that the bridge would not be open for the Friday afternoon commute.

Caltrans spokesperson Bart Ney said that repair work was still ongoing and could not give an estimated time of reopening, even leaving open the possibility that the bridge might not open in time for the Monday morning commute.

Traffic & Transit »

[By California Beat | 28 Oct 2009 | No Comments]

There was a lot of teeth gnashing Wednesday.

Everyone did it: the guy stuck in that 10-mile long back-up trying to get across the Golden Gate Bridge, the woman crammed into a packed BART train next to the kid with bad B.O., and the folks at Caltrans wondering just how a brace installed over the Labor Day weekend to repair a cracked eyebar simply fell apart.

The Bay Area limped along without the Bay Bridge.

The Bay Area, Traffic & Transit »

[By California Beat | 28 Oct 2009 | No Comments]

ALL PHOTOS By Roy Morlidge

Beat Photographer

Power is being restored to PG&E customers in Hayward and Union City at this hour after a transformer explosion knocked out electricity to 7,000 homes and businesses — including the South Hayward BART station.

The lights went out at around 7:00 p.m. this evening, forcing motorists to stop at dimmed traffic signals and BART to shutter the South Hayward station

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Traffic & Transit »

[By California Beat | 28 Oct 2009 | One Comment]

Caltrans said Wednesday afternoon that it still did not know when emergency repairs to replace a broken part of the eyebar reinforcement installed over Labor Day weekend would be completed.

Spokesperson Bart Ney said that the bridge would continue to be closed through the Wednesday evening commute, and most likely through the Thursday evening commute as well.

Caltrans and construction contractor officials had hinted this afternoon that, barring complications, the Bay Bridge could be reopened to traffic sometime Thursday.

Traffic & Transit »

[By California Beat | 28 Oct 2009 | One Comment]

Today’s Bay Bridge closure is creating a traffic nightmare for commuters trying to get to and from work.