Some opportunities for your participation in shaping our transportation system. As always, your keen-eyed skepticism and creativity is valuable—because conventional wisdom has led to the current state of affairs.
TELEPHONE TOWN HALL: Wednesday, June 29, 2016, 6pm-7pm
Join a telephone town hall to learn about a proposed Transportation Revenue Measure and Expenditure Plan for placement on San Francisco’s November 2016 ballot.
Funding would go toward: Transit Service and Affordability, Muni Fleet, Facilities, and Infrastructure Repair and Maintenance, Transit Optimization and Expansion, Regional Transit and Smart System Management, Vision Zero Safer and Complete Streets, Street Resurfacing…
Directors from the San Francisco County Transportation Authority (SFCTA) and San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) will discuss the Transportation Revenue Measure and Expenditure Plan and answer questions
SURVEY: Google Shuttle Bus Hub Locations
[HW1] Deadline: July 4, 2016
Notes from Sue Vaughan: As part of a negotiated settlement between the SFMTA and appellants of the “permanent” Commuter Shuttle Program (it is only one year long), the SFMTA agreed to explore hub alternatives to the current program in which the SFMTA is not enforcing the California Vehicle Code 22500, which prohibits private carriers from operating in public bus stops.
As such, the SFMTA is now soliciting suggestions for hubs through these links. My own suggestion was the Cow Palace (a small corner is in San Francisco proper), although I elaborated and expressed my opinion that the best solution is that the people who work in the Silicon Valley live in the Silicon Valley. Such a solution would require the Silicon Valley communities to permit more housing construction, but it would help to eliminate incentives for property owners to evict long-term, lower income tenants in favor of better paid technology workers, and it would help to reduce vehicle miles traveled and therefore greenhouse gas emissions.
We also need to preserve our public bus stop curb space for the expansion of our own system — as a means to fight climate change and income inequality.
APPLY: RAB Citizens Working Group
Deadline: July 5, 2016
San Francisco Planning is currently accepting applications for the Railyard Alternatives and I-280 Boulevard Feasibility Study (RAB) Citizen Working Group.
The Citizen Working Group (CWG) will be comprised of citizen stakeholders who represent the broad interests of the communities surrounding the Caltrain right-of-way, the Caltrain railyard, and the I-280 right-of-way. Members will participate in meetings designed to better understand the intricacies of the Study, distribute information to the public, help identify community priorities and concerns, and provide context for recommendations and updates to the second phase of the Study.
Note; Several citywide members are allowed.
SURVEY: Transportation Demand Management
The Planning Department has a Transportation Demand Management Neighborhood Survey. Prior to submitting a development application, a developer may request assistance from Planning Department staff to identify the TDM measures that make sense for their specific project and neighborhood. Planning’s website will also include a document titled “TDM Program Standards” and an online tool to help add points for their selected measures.
Once they’ve selected their measures, the developer will submit their choices along with their TDM Plan Review application. Planning will then work with other City staff to ensure the selected measures appropriately meet their targets and are implemented correctly.
SHIFT: Encourage Sustainable Travel
Timely Op-Ed Article: After decades of planning and voter mandates, the Downtown Caltrain Extension is delayed. DTX is the highest regional transportation priority—especially with massive development in the South of Market predicated on the excuse that Caltrain would be extended to the Transbay Center. Instead, development will add tens of thousands of daily car trips and drain citywide Muni resources. Google buses will clog neighborhoods and Muni bus stops. Funding priorities have gone awry, like the Central Subway taking money from the rest of Muni—obstructing DTX and the citywide Bus Rapid System envisioned by 2003’s Prop K.
EXAMINER: Don’t pull brake cord on downtown Caltrain service
It’s estimated that shifting plans midstream like this would add at least $6 billion to the cost of the already approved Caltrain extension and add years to the opening of train service in the new Transit Center. Meanwhile, $650 million in vitally needed federal funding to complete the Caltrain extension hangs in the balance.
City leaders, anxious to appease developers and pro-growth groups in Mission Bay, have clearly lost their way. Tossing aside years of environmental, logistical and financial planning and willing to play unnecessary games with critical federal funding, Mayor Ed Lee’s administration has become a pawn for billionaire real estate developers.
Help advocate for great Muni in every neighborhood.
Membership Dues: $20 for all of 2016.
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