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Media Contact: Will Reisman, 650-508-7704

SamTrans to Hold Public Workshops This Month on Bus Rapid Transit Plans

SamTrans will convene two public workshops this month to discuss the findings of the recent study they conducted to determine the feasibility of Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) service on El Camino Real in the Peninsula.

BRT is an enhanced bus service that offers faster speeds, shorter travel times and improved customer amenities. Components of BRT include, but are not limited to, limited service where certain stops are skipped to speed up travel times, dedicated bus-only lanes, traffic signal priority for transit vehicles and onboard fare collection.

SamTrans has been studying the possibility of phasing in BRT service along a 26-mile stretch of El Camino Real, covering Daly City to Palo Alto. Based on the findings of the study, SamTrans has decided not to implement BRT service in the near-term, however, has identified viable next step service improvements that could be pursued over the next two to five years. SamTrans planners will hold public workshops to discuss the preliminary draft findings of the study in more detail.

The meetings are scheduled as follows:

Thursday, November 13, 6 p.m.
South San Francisco City Council
33 Arroyo Drive, South San Francisco

Tuesday, November 18, 6 p.m.
SamTrans Headquarters
Second Floor Auditorium
1250 San Carlos Avenue, San Carlos

Hearing impaired and non-English speaking attendees may arrange for sign language or foreign language translation by calling 650-508-6283 (TTY 650-508-6448 hearing impaired) at least three business days prior to the workshop they wish to attend.

More information about BRT, including details on the SamTrans’ phasing study, can be found here.

SF Green Festival

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San Bruno Mountain Watch was recently selected as a Green Festival Community Award finalist for the chance to win a $5,000 grant!  The grant recipient is chosen by the public, and online voting began today at 9am and ends on November 13 at 5pm.  You can vote up to once a day on all your electronic devices!  Voting will continue at the San Francisco Green Festival on November 14, 15, & 16.  Click here to start voting now!

Ridge Trail Road Maintenance

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Please see the news release announcing work scheduled to occur beginning today, 11/10, on Ridge Trail at San Bruno Mountain State and County Park.  The project will be managed by PG&E and San Mateo County Parks. Staff will be on hand to direct traffic flow and to ensure safety of trail users.  The remainder of the project work will occur on the three fire roads that connect to the Ridge Trail and are not expected to have a ongoing or heavy impact on users. 

If you have any questions related to this project, please contact Ramona Arechiga, Natural Resource Manager, San Mateo County Parks, at (650) 599-1375.

In addition, McKesson is conducting work to address a gully that has formed on the Mountain.  Crews are on Guadalupe Road with one lane of traffic affected by the work.  Contractors BKF and Ghilotti are managing this work.  This is not a San Mateo County Parks project.

November 2014 Citynews & STAR

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Click here to read the November 2014 STAR.

Old Ranch Road Trail Closure

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Starting on Monday, November 10th, the Old Ranch Road Trail will be closed between the Crocker Park Tank site area and the Guadalupe Tank site area due to slope repair work on McKesson-owned property (click on the map above to view the limits of the closure).  Work will also be completed to improve the area's drainage.  This project will provide users of the Trail with a safer and better-drained area ensuring the community's continued enjoyment of the Trail and Mountain.  Construction is scheduled to start on November 10th and is planned to be completed by November 23rd.  If you have any questions about this project, please contact the on-site contractor, Paul Cooper of Ghilotti Construction at (707) 396-6476.

PG&E Working in Brisbane

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Starting Friday, November 7, PG&E will again start working in Brisbane on their high voltage electric transmission towers.  You may have seen a helicopter being used to transport PG&E crews and equipment to the towers along Ridge Crest Trail in-between Guadalupe Canyon Parkway, Mission Blue, and Monarch Drive back in August.  The helicopter will make multiple trips between the towers and the designated landing zone at the Jefferson Martin service station. 

The work will take place Friday and Saturday, Nov 7 & 8, from 9:00am to 4:00pm.  The traffic signal at Guadalupe Canyon Parkway and Mission Blue Drive will be set so that all traffic signal heads flash in all red, making the three leg intersection a three-way stop, during the hours of work.  Flagmen will be at the intersection to stop traffic when a helicopter needs to pass over.  PG&E trucks and equipment may also be visible in and around these areas.  All personnel are required to carry valid photo identification and are happy to provide it upon request. 

If you have any questions about this project, please contact Bernardo Cortes, Jr., at 925-459-7306 during normal business hours or send an email to electricreliability@pge.com. Thank you for your patience as this work is completed this week!

Bob Dettmer to Speak on Liberia

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On Saturday, November 8th at City Hall starting at 7:00pm, Brisbane resident Bob Dettmer will present a slideshow about Liberia, West Africa.  The photos were taken in the early 1970s while he was a volunteer with the Peace Corps and in January 2014 on a return visit.  They photos focus on life in rural Lofa County, which borders Guinea and Sierra Leone.  Lofa County is where the Ebola virus first entered Liberia in April or May of this year. 

The slideshow is upbeat because that is the nature of the Liberian people, in spite of the 14 years of war they recently endured and the current outbreak.  Bob wishes to share his experiences in Liberia with his own community and to put a human face on people who now need the world's help to survive.  This presentation is suitable for participants of all ages.  Families are more than welcome.

Brisbane filmmaker Keith Moreau will be providing technical support as well as filming the presentation.

Signboard Postings

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Posted 11/4/2014


Educational Slide Show
On the Culture and People of Liberia,
West Africa by Bob Dettmer
Sat., Nov. 8, 7 - 9 pm, City Hall

 

Election Results

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Election Results can be found on the County's Election Website Shape the Future.org

They will begin posting Vote by Mail results shortly after 8pm and then update throughout the evening.

 

101 NB Ramp Metering

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If you haven’t already noticed, ramp metering will soon be starting in the Northbound direction of Hwy 101 in San Mateo County at 18 locations from Hwy 92 in San Mateo to the San Mateo/San Francisco County line.  Caltrans expects the ramp metering system to improve safety and travel times during the peak periods of heavy traffic along the 101 corridor. 

Starting tomorrow, November 4, 2014, Northbound ramp meters will be activated, but meters will rest in green.  November 12, 2014, ramp meters will start cycling (or metering) during Northbound PM peak time from 3:00pm to 8:00pm.  November 18, 2014, ramp meters will start cycling during Northbound AM peak time from 6:00am to 10:00am. 

Most ramps, like the ones at Sierra Point Parkway and Harney Way, will operate at “1 car per green” except for two connector ramps which will operate at “2 cars per green”. These connector on-ramps include the Westbound State Route 92 to Northbound U.S. Route 101 connector, and the Eastbound I-380 to Northbound U.S. 101 connector.  Southbound 101 metering is planned to start in Spring 2015. 

For more information, including fact sheets and FAQs, please view Caltrans’ webpage on the San Mateo County Ramp Metering Project.  They’ve also set up a hotline to receive any feedback from the public.  That number is (510) 286-4531.