by Fiona Lee : hoodline – excerpt
With the recent release of the final results of a six-month boarding zone pilot, SFMTA hopes to add boarding islands and remove multiple stops to make the L-Taraval corridor safer for pedestrians and passengers.
The boarding zone pilot took place over a six month period at inbound stops at 26th, 30th, 32nd, 35th and 40th avenues and included improved signage, flashing lights and painted lane markings to alert drivers…(more)
As you can imagine the removal of these stops is not popular with Muni riders on the L-Taraval. They will show up and are asking for support from other Muni riders and people who oppose bus stop removal at the SFMAT Board Meeting on December 5th. Please see this letter from Paula of Save Our L Taraval Stops!Most of you do not ride the L Taraval, but you have supported our efforts over the past two years to help us keep our stops. Sadly, earlier this year we lost 8 of our L stops. This coming Tuesday, December 5, the SFMTA (Muni) Board of Directors will decide whether to remove 4 more: inbound and outbound at 44th Avenue, and inbound at 35th Avenue and for a variety of reasons, the staff recommends removing them. We need your help one last time!1. Can you please attend the Board meeting on Tuesday December 5, City Hall Room 400, at 1 pm? We need a very big presence, and so many L riders cannot get off from work. We can provide you with written statements. A few of us need to provide more information than we can say in 2 minutes, so we will have statements for a few others to finish. And we are hoping to have folks read some of the many moving emails that L riders are sending discussing how losing their stops will be a hardship to them and their families, so that the Board members will hear the words that they might or might not have read. And if I can put it together, I’ll try to get photos of some of those folks so the Board members can see their faces, tho I am not sure if that will happen. And it’s fine if you prefer to make your own 2-minute statement on the hardships that seniors, people with disabilities, families with young children, and other riders will face if their stops are removed, and how in the world can they remove the inbound stop across from Safeway! There will be a number of people saying that. Please let me know if you can make the meeting.2. Can you please email public comments this week to MTABoard@sfmta.com and email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org with a blind cc to saveourLtaravalstops@gmail.com Tell them how it will be a hardship for seniors, people with disabilities, families with young children, and others if the L Taraval stops at 44th, and inbound at 35th and 17th are removed. Pease email them even if you plan to attend the Board meeting on Tuesday.So many of us across the City have struggled and fought the many changes that SFMTA has tried to impose on use. We have tried to support you when we can. We hope you will be able to support us this one last time.
If anyone wants to read the staff report, slide presentation, or agenda for Tuesday’s meeting, the links are below. About a third of the discussion in the staff report is on stop removal. Thank you so much for all your support these past two years. We are in the stretch run.
Paula, Save Our L Taraval Stops!