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BART Track Repair Ends

In the “better late than never” category of news, this is forwarded from BART, which published the news on Sept. 20:

Track repair project near Daly City wraps up weeks ahead of schedule

Excellent news for weekend BART passengers—the trackway construction and repair project between Daly City and Balboa Park stations has been completed weeks ahead of schedule. Customers will no longer need to use a bus bridge to get between Glen Park and Daly City, as direct regular weekend service to SFO and beyond has been restored.

The project was initially slated to cover seven weekends of intense repair work—but thanks to maintenance crews’ extraordinary efforts, only five were needed.

Weekend shutdowns are designed to give our workers a concentrated period of time to work on a specific problem area, work they would be unable to complete in the regular overnight maintenance window between 1 am and 4 am. Had crews not been able to work for the entire weekend, the repairs would have taken over four months – and some of the work would not have been possible. Miles of worn rail needed replacement near Balboa Park, as well as the reconstruction of a track structure called a crossover.

Crossovers allow trains to move from one side of the trackway to the other—and this particular crossover is having the finishing touches put on during regular maintenance hours. It will likely go into regular service in early October.

Additionally, sound dampers were installed through this area which will help quiet the screeching rails. The noise had become a problem for not only passengers, but also people living in the nearby neighborhoods—and nobody likes having a noisy neighbor. The dampers reduce vibration from the trains running overhead; now that they’ve been installed, BART will be easier on everyone’s ears.

All told, crews replaced over 4,000 feet of rail and 930 old wooden ties, installed 2,800 dampers, reconfigured power systems through the area, rebuilt a local portion of the train control system, laid 1,600 feet of cable, and removed five dead or dying trees which threatened to obstruct the right-of-way.

Much of BART’s infrastructure such as rails, power transmission cabling, substations, tunnels, and track circuitry has deteriorated to the point of needing replacement. The Balboa Park weekend shutdowns were part of our effort to repair and replace the critical parts of BART that keep you moving, which will continue in earnest during 2017 ($71.5 million budgeted for core system reinvestment).

BART has additionally placed a bond measure (Measure RR) on this November’s presidential ballot which, if voters approve, would be dedicated to helping pay for the cost of capital improvements such as rail replacement. Learn more by visiting, and see our plan for the future.

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Forwarded from the SFMTA:

SFMTA is wrapping up its evaluation of the Residential Parking Permit program and wants your input. Based on our extensive research and the input we have received through our many meetings with residents, neighborhood and business groups, we have developed a set of proposed policy changes that will address the problems within the existing program.

We know that getting out to meetings and workshops is difficult for many of you, so we have developed an online survey to make it easy for you to provide feedback.

Before you complete the survey, if you have not attended any of our meetings, Open Houses or workshops, please visit our Residential Parking Permit Evaluation & Reform Project page to learn more. There you will find presentations, research findings, survey results and other information.

To take the survey, please go to RPP Program Evaluation Survey.

If you have any questions about the survey or the RPP Evaluation and Reform Project, please send an email to

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Glen Park NERT Gets New Momentum

By Bonnee Waldstein

You’ve heard the question a million times – “Are you ready for the Big One?” If your answer is no, you’re taking a big gamble. If you say yes, chances are you could be doing more – a lot more – to prepare for the next earthquake or other major disaster.


Recent forecasts of activity on two nearby faults, the Hayward and the Rodgers (beneath San Pablo Bay), predict catastrophe if and when the next earthquake hits. If the faults are physically connected, which is suspected but not proven, they would encompass 99 miles, from Healdsburg to San Pablo Bay. This is important because the longer the fault, the more widespread the damage and loss of life and injury.



According to the SF Chronicle (Sept. 13, 2016):


The odds are mounting once again that more destructive earthquakes will hit the bay region within the next 30 years.


There’s now a 72 percent probability — which means the odds are nearly 3 to 1 — that one or more quakes with a magnitude of 6.7 or greater will strike along one of the region’s faults in the San Andreas Fault system before 2043, the experts have calculated.


After the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake, many San Francisco citizens spontaneously got together and helped the fire department any way they could, particularly in the hard-hit Marina district. It became apparent that the City needed a network of organized and trained volunteers, spanning all neighborhoods, who would be ready and able to assist the fire department the next time.


Thus NERT (Neighborhood Emergency Response Team) was born. The fire department established a program to train San Francisco residents to be prepared to help themselves, their families and their neighbors in the event of a major disaster. 


Those who go through the program are certified to do triage, damage assessment, basic search and rescue, and other techniques. They can join their neighborhood NERT team and take advanced courses such as HAM radio communications. Or, they can just take the knowledge they’ve gained to be truly prepared to survive on their own resources.


In Glen Park, 359 residents have been trained since NERT’s inception. Sixty-seven have been trained in the past six years. Today 28 are actively involved, attending meetings and participating in periodic drills, including the annual citywide drill and visits to the local fire battalion station.


Susanna Russo has been the Glen Park NERT coordinator since 2010. “I see my role as a facilitator for the neighborhood, both NERT and non-NERT trained, in understanding the need for emergency response preparedness. I tell people about the program and encourage those who’ve had the training to be recertified, get more training and get more involved.”


Putting the word out takes many forms. For NERT members there is an official Regroup site. Reminders about training schedules and other NERT activities are also posted on the Glen Park Association website.


Dwight Smith, a trained NERT since 2006, reflected on the effect the training has had on him. “It’s given me a way to think about how to be prepared going into an earthquake or other event; I’ve done some planning and preparation. We have several cats and I always make sure we have extra food stored. I learn a lot from the drills and exercises and always want to learn more. NERT has also brought me closer to people in the neighborhood.”


A general meeting was held at the Glen Park Library on September 21. Both trained NERTS (11) and those interested in more information (7) were invited. Turnout was encouraging and the friendly group talked about their experiences and expectations.


The meeting also focused on two goals going forward: First, to develop a written emergency response plan for Glen Park; second, to develop a cadre of trained and experienced leaders and responders.


One current activity is to organize the staging area, where Glen Park NERT responders will assemble when a major disaster is declared. It is designated as the tennis courts in Glen Canyon Park, where a command center will be organized to dispatch NERTs throughout the neighborhood to perform damage assessment, light search and rescue, and other tasks.


There’s a lot of talent to harness in Glen Park when needed. Among the attendees at the meeting were a physician, EMT, cartographer, and a construction professional.


Going forward, people expressed concerns about checking in on the elderly, frail, and babies and children. The NERT team will address these issues in the future.


Another project, which will require a lot of volunteer help going block by block, is to develop a map of Glen Park that features structures, facilities, hazards and resources. When needed, this map will provide guidance and information to NERT volunteers as they scour the neighborhood after a disaster.


The structure of the NERT training, topics covered, schedule of classes,

how to sign up, etc., are all explained at the NERT website:


(Thanks to Martha Raup for supplying valuable information about the meeting at the Glen Park Library.)

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