SAVEMUNI GOALS 2017: Uniquely SaveMuni

Save Muni Ideas for Planning 2017 The SF Examiner gave SaveMuni accolades recently (see below). Our meeting with the Editorial Board on No on J & K connected us with their transportation reporter, which Editor Michael Howerton recommended. The November campaign boosted SaveMuni—featured in the Voter Pamphlet sent to 513,000 voters, and engaging groups at debates throughout the city. SaveMuni should further build its gravitas with innovative SaveMuni Goals 2017 that are uniquely SaveMuni.

EXAMINER: Sweeping Muni app prediction upgrade could wipe out ‘ghost bus’ problem

Much of this was revealed on Nov. 21, when a small but influential advocacy group called Save Muni held its regular meeting in the community room of the San Francisco Police Department’s Northern District station on Fillmore Street. There, the assembled Muni advocates had asked Lisa Walton, chief technology officer of the SFMTA, to assure them that NextMuni bus predictions would improve.
The Save Muni group, including members Bob Feinbaum, Joan Wood and Gerald Cauthen, continued to pepper Walton and Stevenson with questions, revealing an intimate picture of how NextMuni would improve months before any formal announcement of such changes.

SFMTA GOALS:Modest, short-term and achievable.
Annual Report: Staff Presentation [includes Strategic Plan & goals]:

Staff Report [includes data & statistics]:

TRANSIT RIDERS UNION GOAL:Catchy, long-term but little methodology.
Hoodline: SF Transit Riders Union Launches Ambitious ’30X30′ Muni Campaign

This month, the San Francisco Transit Riders Union, a transit-focused grassroots advocacy and improvement organization, announced 30X30, its ambitious new efficiency benchmark for public transit in the city.

30X30’s primary argument is that any part of San Francisco should be accessible via Muni in 30 minutes or less by the year 2030. According to the project’s preliminary website, “Muni is the slowest major urban transit system in the nation,” running at an average of 8.1 miles per hour.

REVERSING BAD TRENDS: Declining transit metrics despite billions of dollars spent
For already-congested Bay Area transportation, maximum capacity has been reached on streets, highways and bridges. The number of cars continues to increase. Traffic congestion has increased by 22% since 2014. Two-thirds of Bay Area commuters drive alone to work. Per capita transit ridership has declined. Muni daily boardings have declined since 1991. Unlike transit growth in other cities around the world, San Francisco’s transit investments have been weak—-like the high-cost and low-ridership Central Subway that triggered citywide service cuts.

SAVEMUNI GOALS 2017: Address three overarching goals for public transit (short-term and long-term) that are unique to SaveMuni. Pursue only projects with high new-ridership to cost ratios (unlike the Central Subway).

1. INCREASE PER CAPITA TRANSIT RIDERSHIP – Ferry Expansion, which is declining despite billions of dollars in expenditures
2. INCREASE TRANSIT MODAL SHARE OF ALL TRIPS – Quicker and Cheaper, which has been stagnant at 24% for many years.
3. INCREASE TRANSIT RIDERSHIP – Air Rights Over Roads, which has been outpaced by more cars and traffic congestion… (more details)
savemuni-plans-2017 (download or read online)

California’s bullet train is hurtling toward a multibillion-dollar overrun, a confidential federal report warns

By Ralph Vartabedian : latimes – excerpt

California’s bullet train could cost taxpayers 50% more than estimated — as much as $3.6 billion more. And that’s just for the first 118 miles through the Central Valley, which was supposed to be the easiest part of the route between Los Angeles and San Francisco.

A confidential Federal Railroad Administration risk analysis, obtained by The Times, projects that building bridges, viaducts, trenches and track from Merced to Shafter, just north of Bakersfield, could cost $9.5 billion to $10 billion, compared with the original budget of $6.4 billion.

The federal document outlines far-reaching management problems: significant delays in environmental planning, lags in processing invoices for federal grants and continuing failures to acquire needed property.

The California High-Speed Rail Authority originally anticipated completing the Central Valley track by this year, but the federal risk analysis estimates that that won’t happen until 2024, placing the project seven years behind schedule…(more)

Polk Streetscape Construction Update

Only the SFMTA and the DPW would use a construction photograph as a greeting. They must think we appreciate the appearance of the mud and orange cones as much as they do. Guess what, to us ROAD CONSTRUCTION SUCKS! No one except you thinks they look attractive, so quite sending us these hideous photos of broken streets in your cheerful greetings. You are looking a head to spending more of our tax dollars disrupting our lives. We are NOT! How tacky can you get.

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Water work on North Point Street, January 11, 2017 – San Francisco Public Works

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Greetings Polk Street Community Member and Happy New Year!
View the latest construction information for the Polk Streetscape Project. Project Activity Summary – Crews have resumed work in segment 5 on North Point Street, between Van Ness Avenue and Larkin Street performing water main replacement work.

Week of January 16, 2017
Crews will continue water main replacement work on North Point Street from Van Ness Avenue to Larkin Street. Work will resume Tuesday January 17, 2017.

Week of January 23, 2017
Crews will continue water main replacement work on North Point Street from Van Ness Avenue to Larkin Street.

Anticipated construction schedule for Segment 5:
Water work: 01/02/17 – 03/27/17
Concrete Flatwork: 01/09/17 – 02/01/17
Final Grind & Pave: 03/31/17 – 04/03/17

Anticipated construction schedule for Segment 4:
Sewer work: 11/2016 – 04/2017
– Bay to Greenwich
– Filbert to Union
Water work: 01/2017 – 04/2017
– North Point to Bay (16″ Main)
– North Point to Chestnut & Chestnut from Van Ness to Polk (8″ Main)
– Lombard to Filbert (8″ Main)
Concrete Flatwork: 04/2017 – 09/2017
Electrical work: 04/2017 – 05/2017
Final Grind & Pave: 09/2017 – 10/2017

Looking Ahead: Construction for the Polk Streetscape Project is anticipated to be completed in six segments over a 24 month period. Construction in segments 5 & 4 are currently underway, with segments 3, 6, 2 and 1 pending. Work for the Polk Traffic Signal Upgrade Project (Contract No. 2568J) is anticipated to begin January 2017 and will occur at nine intersections from Union to Post streets in segments 4, 3 and 2. We will be working closely to coordinate construction activity in these segments.

Polk Streetscape Project – Things to Know… (more)

Sweeping Muni app prediction upgrade could wipe out ‘ghost bus’ problem

SaveMuni Fixing investigated the Ghost Bus problem and got some ideas for how Muni plans to fix it.

Meter Madness

By Joe Fitzgerald Rodriguez :sfexaminer – excerpt

Tens of thousands of San Francisco bus riders rely on NextMuni to time their trips, but The City has acknowledged the system can suffer from inaccuracies and what some call “ghost buses.”

That’s when the stated bus arrival time on a smartphone or on one of The City’s 867 NextMuni signs, says perhaps “5 minutes” away, for instance, and then suddenly disappears — no bus, no prediction — leaving riders stranded and confused.
Now, however, Muni’s “ghost buses” are about to get ghost-busted.

The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency is planning a $127 million overhaul of its radio systems and a new computer dispatch system, which the agency revealed in a recent small community meeting may also vastly improve its bus prediction system, known as NextMuni.

And perhaps — if NextBus is again chosen to partner with Muni in a public process…

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