East Bay

Business is Booming for BART

Submitted by News Desk on Tue, 08/19/2008 - 10:00pm

here’s a lot of gloomy talk about the economy but business has never been better for BART.

More people than ever are commuting on Bay Area Rapid Transit, said Bob Franklin, a member of the BART board of directors. But the increase in passengers – up to 380,000 riders a day – is presenting other problems for BART.

“Daily ridership is up now,” Franklin said. “People in some areas are fighting for a BART station, but here in San Leandro, you have two stations.”

East Bay leads Bay Area in job losses

Submitted by News Desk on Thu, 08/14/2008 - 10:00pm

The East Bay lost 2,700 jobs during July, a fresh setback for a struggling economy that has suffered a string of employment losses that now stretches to seven-straight months, according to a state labor report released Friday.

Adjusted for seasonal changes, the East Bay has lost nearly 19,000 jobs so far in 2008, the Employment Development Department reported.


Key System helped East Bay cities grow

Submitted by News Desk on Sat, 08/09/2008 - 10:00pm

With its unusual width and prominent location off Solano Avenue, Key Route Boulevard in Albany can't be missed.

Still, many residents may not know that this street is named after the Key System, a rail car line that connected East Bay cities such as Albany, Berkeley and Oakland to one another and to San Francisco.

"This is what people did to commute in the old days," said Christiaan Klieger, senior curator of history at the Oakland Museum of California.


Martinez looking for gaps in public transportation coverage

Submitted by News Desk on Fri, 08/08/2008 - 10:00pm

MARTINEZ — It was more convenient for Frances Ferrante to ride the bus from her hillside Martinez home to a Pleasant Hill grocery store because reaching the Safeway store on Alhambra Avenue meant a long walk to the train station to catch the right bus.

And she thinks that's ridiculous.


San Leandro development proposal draws mixed reaction

Submitted by News Desk on Thu, 08/07/2008 - 10:00pm

SAN LEANDRO — In its inaugural meeting with the public, the developer for the city's first transit-oriented development project was met with cheers and jeers as it laid out the proposed plans and tried to gain feedback from residents.

Many of the objectors were residents of the Pacific Plaza condominium complex near the BART station. They said they vehemently opposed the development proposal because they feared it would attract an influx of low-income residents and drag down property values.

Meeting Tonight on TOD Project

Submitted by News Desk on Tue, 08/05/2008 - 10:00pm
 A public meeting will be held at 6:30 tonight (Thursday) at the San Leandro Main Library to discuss San Leandro Crossings, the first project of the Transit Oriented Development (TOD) area around the BART station.

The project developers – Westlake Development Partners, Bridge Housing Corp., and Build LLC – will introduce themselves, explain the project, and listen to ideas.

The project includes two sites:

Site 1: The current BART parking lot at the corner of West Juana Avenue and San Leandro Boulevard where 200 market rate residential units are planned; and

Site 2: The west side of the BART station where 100 affordable residential units and a mix of one- and three-bedroom units will be built.


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