SF Transportation Authority – CAC meeting Wed May 27

Notes from the meeting by guest author:

The SFCTA CAC item 12 addressed the Potrero Hill Neighborhood Transportation Plan.  The southern Potrero Hill area will be rebuilt and the curvy  streets realigned to a grid design.   The enclosure to Item 12 is a full report and Appendix F discusses a shuttle and costs linking the neighborhood.  Line 53 was discontinued around 2009.  Some CAC members expressed concern that Muni should provide the service rather than a private contract provider.

Item 13 addressed various fund requests.  DPW requested  $1,045,000 in Prop K funds for tree planting and maintenance.  A CAC member questioned the continued tree program and impact on residents once the tree is relinquished to the property owner.  My comments were: repair the tree induced buckled sidewalks backlog first before planting more trees during a drought.  Two members abstained from voting on Item 13.

$1 million dollars for planting trees during a drought using prop K funds does seem a bit much while citizens are being told to stop watering lawns. Should we ask the governor about it?

Item 16 updated the CAC on the platform height between High Speed Rail and CalTrain on the SF/SJ blended system.  The powerpoint provides the details as the San Jose, Millbrae and San Francisco stations would be affected.   Last month during general public comment, I asked about the platform / rail car design status.  Still not resolved.

Item 17 Transportation Sustainability Program eliminates Level of Service from CEQA project consideration and imposes a transportation fee per square foot on Residential Projects.  Commercial projects have a fee (old Prop M).  I commented that this presentation was made in early 2012 to the SFCTA / MTA and Planning Commission with a completion of the end of 2013.   The current presentation estimates an end of 2015 completion,  a two year delay.  I questioned how many residential projects outside of Priority Development areas have received a free pass by not paying an impact fee.   Also, any impact fee can be used anywhere in the city for a transportation project.  They are expecting the Developer  to  implement the Transportation Demand tool kit  encouraging sustainable travel.  The goal is to reduce vehicle miles traveled (VMT).   I questioned the impact of transportation network vehicles (Uber, Lyft) driving around empty searching for the next ride on the VMT calculation.

Lastly, during general public comment, I discussed the Corp Commuter Bus Pilot program.  Explained the large buses have a rear swing and displayed the broken red lens from a double deck bus that collided with a  Muni key stop ramp.  CAC requested a future update  presentation on the MTA Pilot program.

Former SF Mayor Says Muni Is A Lost Cause

Meter Madness

sfist – excerpt

Former San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown’s love affair with the San Francisco Municipal Transit Agency is clearly at an end, after an up-and-down romance that’s spanned decades. What’s replaced Muni in the mayor/lobbyist/Chron columnist’s heart? Driverless cars.

It’s been a long time since then-mayor Brown raced an Muni Metro down Market Street, at the conclusion of the 12-day-long Muni Meltdown of 1998. Back then, problems with the light rail system’s new automated control system led to what the SF Chronicle described as “the biggest fiasco in the railway’s history…[that] approached low comedy,” with “trips that were supposed to take 34 minutes took two hours, and thousands of patrons in the Muni Metro subway gave up on the trains and walked.” Though Brown and then-Muni-director Emilio Cruz vowed that things would improve, the Chron concluded that “though the train control system has been performing better, Muni…

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SFMTA Proposes Short-Term Safety Upgrades for Octavia Boulevard

by Aaron Bialick : sf.streetsblog – excerpt

Ten years after Octavia Boulevard opened in the footprint of the former Central Freeway, the SFMTA has proposed a package of short-term safety fixes for people walking and biking, especially along the cross streets.

The upgrades could be implemented by the end of 2016. Proposals in the works include a bike lane on eastbound Page Street, a fix for the poorly-designed bike “chute” at Octavia and Market Street, “shared street” treatments in the frontage lanes on Octavia, and even a memorial to the Freeway Revolt at Market. Motor vehicles lanes could also be removed on Fell and Oak east of Octavia to calm traffic, with angled parking added.

The first wave of improvements, mainly sidewalk bulb-outs and traffic islands, are expected to come up for public comment at an SFMTA engineering hearing on May 22… (more)