December 9, 2013 at 4:30 AM Small Business Commission and the MTA Board, City Hall Room 400 – agenda
SMALL BUSINESS COMMISSION,
MUNICIPAL TRANSPORTATION AGENCY BOARD
OF DIRECTORS, AND PARKING AUTHORITY COMMISSION
NOTICE OF JOINT MEETING & AGENDA Merchants should go and let the MTA know how they are effecting economic vitality of your business or send a representative or write comments or a letter detailing how the parking and traffic problems are effecting you business. Copy the supervisors on the letter. contacts here. 5. Explanatory Documents: Slide presentation by Office of Small Business staff; Slide presentation by SFMTA staff. Presentation by Regina Dick-Endrizzi, Executive Director of the Office of Small Business, and Ed Reiskin, Director of Transportation of the SFMTA. 6. General Public Comment: Allows members of the public to comment generally on matters within the Commission’s purview, and suggest new agenda items for the Commission’s future consideration. (Discussion Item)
NOTE: The Small Business Commission requested more parking garages. We need to talk to them. We want parking transit hub garages near freeway exits with Muni, taxi, bike, and shuttles and jitneys. This needs to be a part of the plan.
SBC requested more frequent contact with the MTA to work out issues as they arise, especially with regard to the immediate plans SFMTA has for implementing further parking restrictions on Polk and other areas. The commissioners want to work out some compromises to mitigate the loss and lessen the effect it will have on the merchants in the effected areas.
Other comments that were made and concerns raised:
Delivery services are not being met in the scheme of things. Someone pointed out that Polk is not like Valencia. Many merchants on Polk rely on large service vehicles to unload groceries, hardware, and other heavy supplies on a regular basis. Everyone agrees this is a city-wide problem that is not being solved in any of the current TEP or other city street designs.
There is an eagerness on the part of SFMTA to reduce curb cuts, which means off-street parking egress. That is a backdoor mechanism they have to reduce off-street parking options. We need to stop this maneuver on their part. Let you supervisor know that you know what this means and you oppose it.
There are so many things in the presentations, try to watch the tape to see what you find that you support and what alarms you.
The SFMTA agreed to meet on a more regular basis with SBC and it appears the plan is to meet every two months within the MTA’s Policy and Governance Committee to review specific issues that are plaguing merchants. So, merchants should inform SBC about your SFMTA issues.
Hopefully we will have opportunities to write letters and show up in person to those meetings when the need arises.
SAN FRANCISCO BICYCLISTS MUST:
Yield to People Walking. Whether they’re in a crosswalk or not, ALWAYS yield to people walking. Stop BEHIND the Crosswalk: Always stop behind the line at traffic signals and stop signs. Stay on the Street: It’s illegal to ride a bike on the sidewalk unless you’re younger than 13 years of age. Ride in the Direction of Traffic: If you can’t go with the flow, it’s okay to WALK your bike on the sidewalk! Obey Traffic Signs & Traffic Lights: Just like other vehicles on the road, obey all street signs and signals. Be Seen: Rear reflectors and a front light are REQUIRED when riding in the dark! Red tail lights are strongly recommended. Avoid Distraction: No headphones, calling or texting while riding – it’s the law!… (more)
Last month, Mayor Ed Lee’s 2030 Transportation Task Force recommended a $10.1 billion investment into The City’s transit system over the next 15 years. The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency announced last week it had raised $75 million toward that goal through a bond issuance, a power voters granted in 2007… (more)
” Repayment of the bonds will come from the transit agency’s operating budget.”
They are borrowing money to pay the interests on the outstanding loans. Is this a good idea?
Why not pay for it with the developer’s fees instead of allowing the in kind deals. Do you really want to spend the bond money to finance the debt of the bulb-outs and bike lanes? Or would you rather spend the money to keep the Muni lines you depend on?
If you are fed up with this approach, consider signing our Petition to Stop SFMTA and join us in our fight to take back our streets.
On Tuesday we supported a presentation to the Municipal Transportation Agency (MTA) Board, given by MTA staff. The presentation focused mainly on the proposed transportation improvements for Central SoMa as contained in the Draft Plan. You can see the presentation here.
You can watch the presentation and hear the MTA Board’s comments by following these steps:
In terms of next steps regarding streets and transportation issues, we are expecting to receive the results of the Central SoMa Transportation Impact Study by late spring, which we will use to refine our proposal.
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact me any time.
Last I heard adding to something increased the total and deleting decreased it, but some people do a different kind of math I guess. Fortunately for us the Supervisors agree with our math and supported us in our request for a halt to parking meters in our neighborhoods. Be sure to thank them for their support and get ready for the next big battle to preserve the San Francisco that we all love. Don’t forget to pat yourselves on the back because you made it happen!
The new, wider buffered bike lane on Folsom Street in SoMa is getting finishing touches this week as the SFMTA adds green paint where drivers are expected to merge with people on bikes.
“We pushed for green paint at the intersections, and we’re thrilled to see that safety element being added today,” the SF Bicycle Coalition wrote in its newsletter. “We’ll continue to monitor this pilot to see how the design works.”
Folsom commuters: How has your experience been? Does it feel safer? Are drivers using the bike lane, as has been often reported with the similar bike lane on Eighth Street? Let us know in the comments…. (more)
The Paratransit Coordinating Council (PCC) is an advisory body for customers, service providers, social service agency representatives and others to provide input on the paratransit program. The Executive Committee of the PCC meets regularly to discuss and provide input to Muni on paratransit services. To become involved, call SFMTA Accessible Services at 415.701.4485 (TTY 415.701.4730)… (more)
Over two-thirds of the space on Columbus Avenue is devoted primarily to cars, yet only one-third of the people on the street are typically in automobiles.
That’s according to a 2010 study of how to improve the design of Columbus, in which residents and transportation planners came to the conclusion that North Beach’s thoroughfare needs calmer traffic and more space for pedestrians, transit, and bicycling. Now, three years later, as the SFMTA looks to finally implement the ideas laid out in the plan, some merchants and residents are pushing back, dismissing the extensive analysis and community planning already done.
Columbus is set to be re-paved next summer, presenting an opportunity to cost-effectively implement the concepts in the SF County Transportation Authority study, which include bulb-outs on Columbus’ narrow, crowded sidewalks and an on-street plaza — dubbed “Piazza St. Francis, the Poet’s Plaza” — on an adjacent block of Vallejo Street. At the intersection of Columbus, Green, and Stockton Streets, traffic islands would be added to simplify motor vehicle movements, diverting traffic off westbound Green and southbound Stockton (converting it to a one-way street north of Columbus).
With a road diet, one stretch of Columbus, between Green and Union Streets, would get transit-only lanes, while 8-foot-wide buffered bike lanes would be installed between Green and Washington Streets (although the bike lanes weren’t included in the SFCTA study, the traffic impacts of a road diet were)… (more)
The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) 2013 Bicycle Count Report was developed by the Strategic Planning and Policy Group…
SFMTA STRATEGIC PLAN
Under the FY2013 – FY 2018 SFMTA Strategic Plan, the SFMTA is committed to achieving a citywide mode share goal of less than 50 percent auto and 50 percent non- auto (transit, bicycling, walking and taxi) of all trips to, from, and within San Francisco by 2018.
In order to achieve the shift in transportation modes, the SFMTA 2013 – 2018 Draft Bicycle Strategy Plan estimates a need to increase bicycling from 3.5 percent of all trips to 8 to10 percent of all trips by 2018. Bicycle counts are a key metric in assessing the progress towards these mode share goals… (more)
The latest detailed Central SOMA Plan presented at the MTA Board meeting this week came to us from a reader. Thanks Justin. Keep those tips coming.
More notes from that meeting will be coming soon. Meanwhile, here is a link to the tape of the meeting, which included some very exciting moments. Link is here. or here depending on your system.
There was an overflow crowd of Muni riders protesting many of the other line and service cuts. Many elements of the the Central SOMA Plan and the TEP were not well received. The TEP was put on hold and public outreach was suggested. Supervisor Farrell joined a crowd of people defending the 3 Jackson. The 5 Fulton Pilot is not at all popular. Many people had to remind the MTA staff that San Francisco has many steep hills and everyone can’t walk up them. Buses need to help those people or they will have to drive.
Ed Reiskin was given a five year extension on his contract to manage the SFMTA
Please send your notes and comments here so we can get them in. Also be sure to let the supervisors and the MTA officials know how you feel about their plans. contacts are here: San Francisco Officials