Original Cost to Build to Bedrock for Tower Like Millennium Put at Just $4 Million

By Jaxon Van Derbeken : sfexaminer – excerpt

Testimony in the now-settled litigation over the Millennium Tower reveals that one engineer on the nearby public transit project estimated anchoring a tower like the now sinking and tilting Millennium to bedrock would have cost about $4 million more.

Because that didn’t happen, the publicly funded Transbay transit terminal project next to the tower has spent on the order of $90 million – including a $58 million underground buttress wall between the transit hub property and the high rise back in 2010, and the $30 million paid out last year to settle tower litigation…(more)

BART Could Face 9 Figure Budget Deficits by 2024, Experts Say

cbslocla – excerpt

OAKLAND (CBS SF) — BART could face nine-figure budget deficits as soon as the 2023-2024 fiscal year without a significant increase in its operating revenue, the transit agency’s budget officials said Thursday.

The concern, BART financial planning director Michael Eiseman told the agency’s board of directors, is that, while ridership is currently ahead of projected totals through September, the Bay Area’s slow return to offices could trickle down to a long-term loss of fare revenue for BART…(more)

San Francisco’s many “15-minute” neighborhoods

By Lincoln Mitchell : sfexamminer – excerpt

Why The City is an urban planner’s dream

Sometimes it is tough to keep up with the New York Times position on San Francisco.

Reading that paper, I am never sure whether I should be worried about San Francisco because The City is being inundated by tech people or because it is losing tech companies to other cities, because The City is too crowded or because people are leaving, because it has been taken over by the far left or because San Francisco is not as progressive as San Franciscans like to think.

That is why I was surprised to see on Oct. 11 that New York Times “California Today” newsletter writer Soumya Karmangla not only took the time to write about one of my favorite streets in The City, but that she more or less got it right. Karlmangla described Clement Street as a great example of the “15-Minute City,” where local residents can meet almost all of their daily needs and more within a few blocks in an otherwise ordinary residential neighborhood. She also explained why this helped the neighborhood make it through the COVID pandemic relatively well.

The bigger story for San Francisco, and a huge advantage it has over other cities, is that we have many Clement Streets…(more)

Wonder where this story came from that suggests we stay in our own neighborhoods within the 15 minute zone? It is the latest Spin spin from a Ford scooter company that is repeated all over the country. If you like the idea of being sequestered in your neighborhood and never needing to leave, you may like the 15-minute city. See spin press release info below.


Ford-Owned Spin Launches Campaign to Educate Riders on Core Mission of Creating 15-Minute Cities

SaveMUNI’s monthly meeting with debate on on the closure of JFK Drive in Golden Gate Park Monday, October 18, 5:30 pm.

Howard Chabner will present the argument to re-open the park to cars on JFK Drive. He is disability rights activist and retired lawyer who has lived along the Panhandle since 1988 and has used a power wheelchair since 1990.  
Andy Thornley of MTA/Bike Coalition will be arguing in favor of closure. He is a member of the SF MTA staff working on the JFK Drive Closure,  a long-time citizen advocate for Transit First and sustainable equitable streets, and cycling enthusiast. 

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SFMTA’s J Church Pilot eases subway congestion for Muni Metro

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Keeping it as a surface-only route should improve the J Church’s reliability and frequency, increase Muni Metro subway performance and reduce crowding.

The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency’s (SFMTA) J Church returned in December 2020 as a surface-only route, much like its earliest predecessor, which opened in 1917.

Although the J Church travelled as far as the Embarcadero for more than 100 years, establishing Duboce Avenue as the terminal for this route as a test case was the result of careful analysis undertaken to improve the line’s poor reliability. This routing also allows SFMTA to address crowding and delays in the Muni Metro subway that plagued the system for decades.

Surface route

The J Church has historically had the lowest ridership of any Muni Metro line. Keeping it as a surface-only route should improve the J Church’s reliability and frequency, increase Muni Metro subway performance and reduce crowding. In addition, to enable the pilot, SFMTA provided temporary accessibility and pedestrian safety upgrades at an intersection that is on the city’s High-Injury Network — those San Francisco streets that have the highest severe and fatal collisions…(more)

Suggest comments to the supervisors. Good luck.

Costly cable cars: City seeks $625 million to avoid more ‘temporary shutdowns’

By Carly Graf : sfexaminer – excerpt

The nearly 150-year-old system is overdue for major renovations

It only took five days for San Francisco’s iconic cable cars to get derailed.

Following an 18-month pandemic hiatus, all of the lines starting running at full service but were quickly shut down again after an electrical problem on Sept. 9 triggered a system-wide power outage. Nine days later, the hallmark trundle of these vintage vehicles returned, but the road ahead is long.

According to the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency, the nearly 150-year-old system is overdue for major renovations to the tune of $625 million. Such dire economic forecasts — unfortunately not uncommon with Muni — raise bigger questions about how to imagine a sustainable future for the cable car system…(more)