Should San Francisco’s JFK Drive in Golden Gate Park go car-free for good?

JFK roads use survey in the SF Chronicle :

MTA’s  “survey” is at:

See also MTA’s site at:  Golden Gate Park Access & Safety Program (

Powell Station death serves as a grim reminder. BART doors don’t stop for anyone

By Veronica Irwin : sfexaminer – excerpt

What you need to know about safety sensors on the trains

The death of San Francisco resident Amy Adams last Monday serves as a reminder: BART doors do not have motion sensors to keep them from closing when something’s in the way.

Adams, 41, had boarded a Dublin/Pleasanton town train at Powell Street station a little after 3 p.m. Monday with her dog, before exiting “at the very last second,” according to a BART press release. The doors closed with her dog on the train, its leash wrapped around Adams’ waist. When the BART train left, Adams was dragged onto the tracks and to her death.

It’s a horrific tragedy, raising many questions. Don’t BART doors have motion sensors that could have detected the presence of a leash caught between them? Shouldn’t there be a button by which passengers could reopen doors in an emergency?…(more)

Parking fee proposed for Stinson Beach

By Ike Allen : ptreyeslight – excerpt

The Stinson Beach parking lot may soon become one of the first in the Golden Gate National Recreation Area with parking fees. High operating costs coupled with a dramatic increase in visitation prompted the National Park Service to propose charging visitors $3 an hour to park at Stinson Beach, where they currently park for free.

The daily maximum would be limited to $10, and the fees would take effect in mid to late 2022. The National Park Service is accepting public comment on the proposal until Sept. 26. Comments can be submitted via email to goga_business or phone at (415) 561.4700.

“The National Park Service is committed to ensuring underserved audiences have access to parks and all of the inspiring opportunities they have to offer,” Julian Espinoza, a spokesman for G.G.N.R.A, said in a statement. “We have worked hard to ensure the proposed fees are affordable and in keeping with costs for similar nearby amenities offered by other organizations.”

Yet Jesse Peri, chief of the Stinson Beach Fire Protection District, said his department is concerned about the potential impacts of the proposed fees on street parking in town, and said he hopes the park will give Stinson Beach residents more time to raise their concerns.

“It is too short of a window to allow for adequate public comment,” Chief Peri said.

Walking, biking or taking a bus ride to Stinson Beach is to going to happen. This is patently redlining beach access by keeping lower income people off the beach. Guess what happens next? No double developers are already salivating ready to swoop up property rights. Why else would they cut people off from the beach.

The state of the streets of SF

Coalition for San Francisco Neighborhoods (CSFN) is hosting two programs on the State of the Streets of San Francisco in September on Zoom. Meetings will be taped. 

Tuesday, September 21, 2021, 6:30PM – Zoom meeting
SFMTA Director Jeff Tumlin is our featured speaker at the General Assembly meeting. There will be some time for Q and A. We are inviting people to put questions and comments in the chat or to send them in ahead of time for inclusion in our discussions. Any items that we don’t have time to cover at the first meeting will be raised at a second meeting a week later. Request an invitation to the  meetings.  See details and updates here:

Tuesday, September 28, 2021, 6:30PM – Zoom meeting 
We scheduled a second meeting a week later to allow for more public discussion on the State of the Streets of San Francisco. You may send comments and questions ahead of the meeting to: Details and updates will be posted here:

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CA: S.F. leaders mark Transit Month by riding Muni. But how will they fund the transit service?

By Ricardo Cano : masstransitmag – excerpt

The city’s transportation agency wants riders’ input on whether they value restoring more lines or making existing ones run more frequently as it decides the next wave of limited service restorations next year.

Sep. 8—Jeffrey Tumlin was running late.

The director of the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency rushed to the West Portal station fare gates, about 30 minutes behind schedule for a rally outside of San Francisco City Hall that was meant to highlight Muni’s importance to the city and coalesce support to fund the financially struggling transit system.

“I missed my 48 (bus line), and it’s running on 20-minute headways,” Tumlin told a group of city officials and transit riders waiting to board a shuttle train from West Portal station to City Hall.

Tumlin’s morning encapsulated the state of Muni 18 months after the pandemic worsened the transit agency’s perpetual financial crisis…(more)

San Francisco taxis look to compete with upfront ride cost

By Jerold China : sfbayca – excerpt

San Francisco’s taxi industry is taking a big step in the effort to compete with Uber and Lyft.

The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency’s Board of Directors, which regulates taxis, approved a pilot program that will allow taxi companies to quote passengers travel costs before ride requests are made, as Uber and Lyft have done for years now.

Kate Toran, director of taxis at the SFMTA, said the app will quote fare based on the meter rate and an algorithm, and enables passengers to accept or reject the ride. Toran said providing fare upfront will help avoid “meter anxiety” passengers experience as they watch meters continue to tick up, adding:

“This is a functionality that other types of services allow. Moving the taxi industry in this direction we think is a real benefit.”…(more)

Good to see taxis using the technology to their advantage.

$10 Parking Could Be Coming to Baker Beach, Other Park Service-Managed Parks

By Joe Kukura : sfist – excerpt

You might be shelling out $10 to park at Baker Beach, Land’s End, and a host of other SF and Marin County parks under a new proposal from the National Park Service.

The patchwork of San Francisco, San Mateo, and Marin County parks known as the Golden Gate National Recreation Area (GGNRA) has welcomed more than 12.4 million visitors over the course of the pandemic, as people have looked to get out of their indoor Zoom-wormholes and get some fresh air. But those 12.4 million visitors have kind of taken a toll on the place. “There’s so much trash and the dumpster there is just overflowing all the time there now,” nearby SF resident Lucy Sogard told KTVU(more)

The poor Fedreal government has found one more way to charge families for yet another family fun day outdoors. What will happen to all those families finding themselves left out of free access to the beach and local parks? How likely will they be to support the government that takes away their free access to public lands?

Nation’s First Hydrogen Fuel Cell Ferry to Launch in California

By Skip Descent : govtech – excerpt

The 75-passenger ferry is nearing manufacturing completion at a ship facility in Washington state, and will launch in the San Francisco region in the fall. From there, the ferry will undergo a three-month data collection and testing phase where the boat will operate in a number of different service profiles to test the fuel cell system in different modes and applications. The project was awarded a $3 million grant by the California Air Resources Board (CARB).

“The objective of that is to make public this data, and for the state to understand a techno-economic analysis on the fuel cell system, and the viability of that to apply to other hovercraft and the like,” said Elias Van Sickle, director of commercial development and operations at SWITCH Maritime…(more)

SWITCH Maritime is set to launch the Sea Change, a hydrogen fuel cell-powered electric ferry in the San Francisco Bay. The zero-emission vessel is designed to accommodate around 75 passengers.