Squeaky Wheels

  • What France can teach U.S. cities about transit design Leave it to the French to refer to proper tram design as "the art of insertion." It will be a long time until Americans are comfortable enough with sexual innuendo to appropriate that term. But there's an awful lot that U.S. cities should learn as soon as possible about the way the French design their transit networks. City Lab, Oct. 22
  • Confessions of a D.C. Metro commuter During my morning commute I often think: “Once I step through these doors, there is no turning back.” Every time I board a train in the D.C. Metrorail system, I know there is a chance that I may not reach the office on time. Washington Post, Oct. 17

Business Update

  • Oregon Iron Works has landed what appears to be a large contract for a prominent San Francisco project. The company, which Vigor Industrial purchased earlier this year, will provide steel fabrication work for the $4.5 billion Transbay Transit Center. Read more...

Turning Points

  • Marin Transit reflects on 50 years of bus service
    Marin Transit this week is celebrating 50 years of transporting people — sometimes the county's most needy — via bus around the county, from Sausalito to Tomales to Novato and points in between. Marin Independent Journal, Oct. 21
  • 'Owl Service' to expand in S.F. Bay Area
    Late-night, weekend transit service between San Francisco and the East Bay is about to be expanded, thanks to state funding. This December, a year-long AC Transit pilot program, in collaboration with BART, will offer extended hours and routes for the current late-night bus service. SF Gate, Oct. 20

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