Central Subway Likely To Be Delayed Yet Again, Federal Monitor Says

by Matt Smith : sfstandard – excerpt

The city’s official Sept. 9 date for moving people from SoMa to Chinatown on a new central subway transit line is a long shot given potential delays that include a possible shortage of equipment for overhead tram cables, water leakage and an incomplete signal network, according to a monitor assigned to track the project for the federal government…(more)

Monday, April 18, 5:30-7:30 PM – $400 Million MUNI Bond Debate

Proposition A, a $400 million Muni bond, will be on the June 7, 2022 ballot.
SaveMUNI is sponsoring the only known debate before San Francisco votes on this important
Proposition. Bob Feinbaum, President of SaveMUNI will moderate.
Supporting the measure will be Jonathan Rewers, Acting CFO of the MTA.
Opposing the measure will be attorney and economist Larry Marso.

How did Amazon end up renting city property to park delivery vans, in violation of the law?

By Chris Roberts : missionlocal – excerpt

Controversial delivery giant is swallowing up land all over the city’s southeast — including city property that, by law, it should not have been allowed to occupy

Tony DeLorio was driving south on Interstate-280 late last month when something out of the ordinary caught his eye: Amazon vans, a whole fleet of them, parked out in the open on a lot in a warehouse district off of Cesar Chavez.

DeLorio is the principal officer with Teamsters Local 665, which organizes UPS drivers as well as parking-lot attendants and a host of other blue-collar workers. The Teamsters have made it extremely clear that Amazon –- with its infamous union-busting practices and its $17.25-an-hour warehouse jobs and $21-an-hour independent contractor delivery driver gigs — is their bête noire.

But until his recent drive-by, DeLorio was under the impression that Amazon was focusing on its new $200 million property on Seventh Street, or its smaller warehouses in Bayview and Potrero. “I go, ‘What the hell is going on? What are all these Amazon vehicles doing here?’” he recalled. “I figured we would have heard something.”…(more)

Monday, March 21, 5:30 SaveMuni Meeting with Jaimie Viloria from the Coalition to Restore Muni and Kathy Setian from the J line group.

We will engage in a discussion of MTA’s recent actions and SaveMUN’Is response.
We will also consider our relationship with other groups and talk about our April meeting which will feature a debate over the MTA’s $ 400 million bond that will appear on the June ballot.

Please join us and feel free to share this announcement with your friends and neighbors

Bob Feinbaum, President, Sa

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JFK Drive: Asian Seniors—One of SF’s Most Vulnerable Pedestrian Groups—Conflicted over Road ’s Car-Free Future

By Han Li : sfstandard – excerpt

The debate on pedestrian and bicyclist safety has pitted seniors and the disabled against pro-alternative transit activists who want to keep the boulevard car-free.

Eight hours into a contentious meeting on the future of a 1.6-mile stretch of road in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park, Leon Chow still felt he wasn’t being heard.

A dozen monolingual Chinese seniors had spoken out against the closure of John F. Kennedy Drive, but in the end, two key commissions—the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency Board of Directors and the city’s Recreation and Park Commission—decided to make the road a permanent car-free zone. That recommendation will now go to the Board of Supervisors for final approval.

“We are always the most ignored group of people,” said Chow, the former board chair of the Chinese Progressive Association and a longtime activist who organized the seniors to voice their opposition. “I will keep doing this.”…(more)

We Rode the Treasure Island Ferry on Its First Day. Here’s What Went Right and Wrong

By Camille Cohen : sfstandard – excerpt

Captain Jeremiah Brazil grew up in San Francisco, so he’s a bit of an authority when it comes to the city’s iconic views.

“Everyone knows the best view of [the city] is from Treasure Island,” said the long-time boat captain, who was visibly excited about the new ferry service running between the man-made island and the Ferry Building

San Francisco launched the ferry Tuesday in what will now be daily service, running 16 hours a day. The ferry service is part of a larger redevelopment effort taking place on the island and the neighboring Yerba Buena Island. The cost for a one-way ferry ride is $5, but monthly passes are available for $150. Children 4 and younger can ride for free.

That is, if the ferry arrives…(more)

Press Release: Access Improvements Launched in Golden Gate Park

Richmond Review/Sunset Beacon

From San Francisco Recreation and Park Department

Access Improvements Launched in Golden Gate Park

Shuttle overhaul, new accessible parking among commitment toseniors,peoplewith disabilities

SAN FRANCISCO, CA—Starting Saturday,riders of Golden Gate Park’s free shuttlewillenjoymajorimprovements, includingnew weekday service,an expanded routewith connection topublic transit,more stops,andless waiting, the San Francisco Recreation and Park Department and the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency announced today.

In addition, construction will begin Monday on the Golden Gate Bandshell parking lot, adding 20 newaccessibleparking spaces, re-paving walking areas,andcreating a new accessible path to the Japanese Tea Garden. Other access improvements include new curb ramps throughout the area.

Theimprovements werebased on feedbackfrom older adults and the disability community during extensive public outreachthrough theGolden Gate Park Safety and Access Program.Both the major overhaul of the free shuttleand the parking lot aredesigned to increase access to Golden Gate Park and its cultural institutions.

Shuttle improvements include:

  • New weekday service…

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How the Great Highway, JFK Drive closures changed the way people experience San Francisco

By Ricardo Cano : sfchronicle – excerpt

These days, Heidi Moseson drives infrequently, opting instead to bike with her two young children across San Francisco.

The Outer Sunset parent almost exclusively traveled by car before the pandemic, long viewing it as the only viable way to get around the city. But in spring 2020, when the city closed the Great Highway and Golden Gate Park’s JFK Drive to car traffic, a sense of liberation kicked in.

“It was just so transformative to realize we actually don’t have to use a car,” Moseson said.

On Lincoln Way, near the northern edge of the Great Highway’s street closure, Steven Hill experiences a different reality.

Not only has car traffic outside his home west of 40th Avenue returned to pre-pandemic levels, he said it’s worsened because of the street closures. Congestion spills to neighboring streets on days the roadway stays closed. And, he said, motorists taking detours throughout the west side when the Great Highway is closed have, generally, exhibited more aggressive behavior as they attempt to make up lost commute time.

“They’re kind of frantic, and they literally race up Lincoln Way,” Hill said. “Many of them don’t stop at stop signs.”

Nearly two years after they were first implemented, San Francisco’s pandemic street closures have become a boon for many and remained a bane for others. They’ve attracted passionate fan bases from residents who say they’ve altered the fabric of what it means to recreate and transport across the city. But they’ve garnered criticism from residents who say they’ve made commuting by car in the city more miserable and have limited access to Golden Gate Park for people with disabilities


SFMTA’s Continuing Muni Metro Problems… A Historical Perspective

By Gerald Cauthen & Angelo Figone : westsideobserver – excerpt

Back in the 1960’s Muni was part of the SF Public Utilities Commission. In the late 1960’s the oncoming BART subway give Muni an opportunity to modernize its streetcar system. So the PUC sent one of its engineers to Europe to get a better look at some of Europe’s successful subway operations. He returned with a recommendation that there be a single 10-car train extending from State College to the Embarcadero, fed at the West Portal by short K-L trains and at the Duboce Portal by short J-N trains. That recommendation was rejected by the PUC brass on grounds that San Francisco’s streetcar users, used to getting one-seat rides to downtown San Francisco, “didn’t want to transfer and in fact wouldn’t transfer.”

So the Louis T. Klauder Company … a pre-eminent rail system design firm … was brought in to design a light rail vehicle (LRV) subway surface system suitable for San Francisco’s unique arrangement; namely five surface streetcar lines feeding into a single subway.

The Compromise

A compromise was eventually reached. It was decided to operate one and two car trains on the Avenues and couple the shorter trains into longer trains at the portals so as not to overload the subway. With this innovative solution it became possible to avoid sending excessively long trains through outlying neighborhoods while holding the number of subway trains per hour to a reasonable number. And that’s the way the Muni Metro system operated between 1980 and the mid-1990’s…(more)

Crime, Grime, and Greed—Bay Area Rapid Transit “Wins” California Golden Fleece® Award

Press Release by independent – excerpt

Oakland, CA—The Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) system has received the California Golden Fleece® Award for its excessive employee compensation, reckless financial mismanagement, poor on-time performance, unsanitary conditions, and failure to prevent the system from becoming a magnet for criminals.

The Independent Institute bestows its California Golden Fleece® Award on a state or local government spending program, tax, or regulation that fleeces California taxpayers, consumers, or businesses. Based on BART’s own metrics and performance standards, the system fails on every count, detailed in the new report Crime, Grime, and Greed at BART (more)

The report offers several key recommendations to improve BART service as part of a broader strategy to improve Bay Area mobility:

  • End all government subsidies to BART, forcing BART to improve customer service and focus on the top concerns of riders: safety, cleanliness, and reliability
  • Sell BART to a private, for-profit entity to force BART to innovate and become more efficient and customer-focused, as for-profit transit systems around the world have proven
  • Allow vigorous competition among transportation alternatives, both old and new, throughout the Bay Area
  • Fix BART first and scrap massive multibillion dollar expansion plans since ridership is severely diminished and it may not return for decades, if it ever recovers. Unfortunately, the new federal infrastructure package will dole out more government subsidies to expand BART’s system—more miles of dangerous, dirty, and underutilized service