Development interests have been working for 3 years to push the Central Subway northward. The $173,000 study below, completed in October, prompts ideas for better transit projects.

SPEAKERS: A few speakers at the below MTA Board Hearing would be good. Some points:

· With $173,000 spent for the Phase 3 Study, a $100,000 Study should evaluate quicker and inexpensive transit improvements—like free shuttle bus loops.

· Free shuttle loops are the hottest transit trend in the United States, with big new ridership increases—like in Baltimore, Dallas, Raleigh, Denver, Minneapolis, Bethesda, Aspen, Long Beach, Oakland, Emeryville, Walnut Creek, Palo Alto, South San Francisco…..

· The Central Subway takes large sums of money from the rest of Muni—with small new ridership and service cuts in other neighborhoods.

· Instead of service cuts, we need to prioritize dollars to modernize the entire Muni system. For example, the 15 existing Muni lines in northeast San Francisco can be improved.

· Instead of 20% transit modal shares, Muni should strive for the 60% transit modal shares of Zurich and other cities, which have implemented transit preferential streets and bus rapid networks.

· Bus rapid networks are more democratic, without a subway’s impacts on land values and gentrification.

SFMTA BOARD AGENDA: Tuesday, December 2, 1pm (Item 15, after 2pm)

http://www.sfmta.com/calendar/meetings/board-directors-meeting-december-2-2014 The Phase 3 Study is Item 15—the fifth item on the Regular Calendar.
The Board Hearing is worth watching on TV (Channels 26 or 78) or attending. Items include purchase of new low-floor buses, SFMTA Annual Report, All-Door Boarding and SFMTA Audit.

PRESENTATION: T-Line, Phase 3 Concept Study, December 2, 2014

STUDY: T-Third, Phase 3 Concept Study, October 2014

TRANSPORT POLITIC: “Cities Develop Alternative Bus Networks to Combat Perceived Disadvantages of Mainline Routes.” [See list of cities with circulator routes].

“Baltimore’s new transit network, which supplements the city’s metro rail, light rail, commuter rail, and bus routes, is the most recent example of a trend that has taken American cities by storm: The creation of auxiliary routes for the inner-city that are designed for frequent, high-quality service with the goal of attracting onto buses people who aren’t used to public transportation.”

– Howard Wong, AIA

SaveMuni = FRISC

Fast, Frequent, Reliable, Inexpensive, Safe, Clean and “Cool”.  SaveMuni is dedicated to improving the entire Muni transit system in every neighborhood of San Francisco – quickly and inexpensively – emphasizing best transportation practices in the world, transit-preferential streets, bus rapid networks and high benefit-to-cost infrastructure projects.