Closing JFK Drive is recreational redlining

By Community Contributor : sfexaminer – excerpt

Some advocates say that closing John F. Kennedy Drive to cars denies people of color and those with disabilities equal access to Golden Gate Park. Kevin N. Hume/ S.F. Examiner Advocates say that closing John F. Kennedy Drive to cars denies people of color and with disabilities equal access to Golden Gate Park. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

The history of redlining in America has impacted communities of color for decades. San Francisco is no exception. The recent special order to close off John F. Kennedy Drive in Golden Gate Park is an example of recreational redlining: the discriminatory practice of denying public recreation and access to people of color and people with disabilities. If the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency and San Francisco Recreation and Park Department continue this closure beyond the stay-at-home order (which has already been lifted), they will be responsible for preventing communities that live in the southeast part of San Francisco, other communities further from JFK Drive, and people with disabilities from fully enjoying the park…(more)

SFMTA needs to back off and leave people alone. They can and will get themselves where they need to go without NO expense to the public if they are allowed to do so. This is not a game of “How can we generate enough income so SFMTA ca nget us where we need to go.” This is a simple request to “leave us alone to get ourselves around at not cost to the public”. At some point the government needs to take a hands off approach to how we live our lives instead of charging us to rearrange them.

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We agree completely with the issues raised by the author of the article. We very much appreciate the concerns of the supervisors over the management of Golden Gate Park and the out-of-control departments that make backroom deals with corporate entities. It appears that the public, the Board of Supervisors and probably the Mayor were unaware of these arrangements.

We call for immediate investigations into any and all deals that exclude public access to any areas of the park. We also call for an immediate investigation into any and all backroom deals between government representatives and the Parks Alliance, and all private entities, whether or not they involve a cash transaction.

In the meantime open all the roads in the park to the public including private vehicles. It is obvious that the public is best suited to watch over the pubic space. Park visitors immediately see any changes and do an excellent job of reporting back what they see.

Only 85 percent of Muni service hours to be brought back by January 2022

By Carly Graf : sfexaminer – excerpt

Mission Street Red Lanes photo by zrants

Three Muni Metro lines are ‘unlikely’ to return until early next year

While San Francisco continues to gradually reopen from the year-long COVID-19 pandemic, its transit agency faces a long road to recovery.

By January 2022, only 85 percent of pre-pandemic Muni service hours are expected to be restored, up from the roughly 70 percent currently provided.

Julie Kirschbaum, transit director for the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency, broke the news to the Board of Directors on Tuesday, laying out the restoration plan for the coming year.

“We won’t be able to do everything, but we will be able to do important things and keep up as The City recovers,” Kirschbaum said of the plan to slowly phase in additional Muni routes or increase frequencies.

SFMTA will receive enough federal money to close the deficit for fiscal year 2021, 2022 and possibly 2023, but leadership is wary of trying to restore all Muni service in the short term without a guaranteed source of income once stimulus dollars are drained…(more)

Caltrain to get fed money for electrification

By Curtis Driscoll : smdailyjournal – excerpt
Funding part of American Rescue Plan Act, full agency allocation to be decided soon

As part of the recently passed federal American Rescue Plan Act, an estimated $1.25 billion will be available in transit funding for the San Francisco-Oakland area, which includes San Mateo County, with Caltrain earmarked to receive around $52 million for electrification, said Charles Stone, chair of the San Mateo County Transit District…(more)

SF Startup Could Revolutionize Electric Vehicle Charging With Battery Swaps In Just 10 Minutes

By John Ramos : cbslocal – excerpt

SAN FRANCISCO (KPIX) — A San Francisco startup is offering a way to recharge electric vehicles in just 10 minutes which it says could revolutionize the market for EVs.

There’s a lot of talk about electric vehicles but Americans have been reluctant to accept them. In the last 10 years, less than one percent of cars sold in the U.S. were electric. So, it is an industry very much in its infancy and how EV’s operate may change drastically in the coming years…(more)

San Francisco Bay Ferry To Cut Fares Up To 20 Percent

By John : sfnews – excerpt

SAN FRANCISCO—The San Francisco Bay Ferry is considering lowering their prices and adding new routes to its services as a way to develop business. The change is being considered for at least a year with new off-peak trips being added. Fare reductions range from 7 percent to 20 percent off of current fares. 

On Sunday, March 7, the Ferry’s Executive Director, Seamus Murphy, told the San Francisco Chronicle, “We don’t want to sit back and hope and wait for riders to return.”...(more)

Ever wonder who runs San Francisco Bay Ferry service. We did, so we looked it up. We also wondered what the current rates are so we could figure out how the 7-20% cuts might look. It looks like that depends. If they cut the rates, you may want to look into it.

https://weta.sanfranciscobayferry.com/
WETA flag closeup

The San Francisco Bay Area Water Emergency Transportation Authority (WETA) is a regional public transit agency tasked with operating and expanding ferry service on the San Francisco Bay and with coordinating the water transit response to regional emergencies. Under the San Francisco Bay Ferry brand, WETA carries over three million passengers annually utilizing a fleet of 15 high speed passenger-only ferry vessels. San Francisco Bay Ferry currently serves the cities of Alameda, Oakland, Richmond, San Francisco, South San Francisco and Vallejo.

San José Mayor’s Statement on Status of BART Extension from San José to San Francisco, Oakland

via email: sanjoseca – expert

Rachel Davis, Press Secretary, 408.712.9149, rachel.davis@sanjoseca.gov

SAN JOSÉ, CA — San José Mayor Sam Liccardo released the following statement in response to the procedural ruling in the U.S. Senate that took the funding for the BART extension from San José to the rest of the Bay Area out of the “American Rescue Plan.”

“While disappointing, I want to thank our Congressional delegation for their championing of the BART Phase 2 project, which will finally connect the downtown of America’s 10th largest city, San José, to our region’s other two major cities, Oakland and San Francisco, with a “ring of rail” around the Bay Area.

This transformative project will become America’s first to utilize the innovative Expedited Project Delivery Program championed by Republican and Democratic administrations — leveraging state, regional and local funding sources to pay for 75% of the project’s cost — an uniquely cost-effective federal investment. I look forward to working with our Congressional leaders to find the funding that will enable us to transform nearly 100,000 auto drivers into BART transit riders.”…(more)

The Muni Death Spiral: San Francisco rolling toward recovery — or ruin

by Joe Eskenazi : missionlocal – excerpt

If Muni doesn’t work, it won’t matter if you make it free.

Muni, the transit agency that slowly trundles people and urine around San Francisco, is in a bad way.

Its current daily ridership stands at 183,000 — down from 710,000 in pre-pandemic 2019 which, itself, was down from 728,000 in 2016.

But, just like a rider on the 14-Mission realizing hey, that’s not Mountain Dew, this gets worse.

Between 2013 and 2019, Muni’s vehicular operating expenses grew from $663 million to $856 million — a 29 percent spike. Its overall expenses grew in that time from $785 million to $1.1 billion (41 percent). At the same time, fare revenue dropped from $220 million to $197 million — a 10.5 percent decrease.

Then came the pandemic — and, in all likelihood, years of people with the luxury to do so shunning public transit, despite what Dr. Fauci et al. would tell you about low transmissibility on buses and trains. Then came a Covid-induced revenue free-fall — coupled, jarringly, with renewed calls to make Muni free(more)

Maybe it should be put out of its misery and resurrected as a new streamlined operation out of the future.