SFMTA Charter Amendment for November Ballot – Prop L

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Let City Hall know you are fed up with the SFMTA.
Support Prop L – MTA Board Appointments and Budget

The amendment will split the MTA Board appointments between the Mayor and the Supervisors, 4 to 3 and lower the requirement to reject the SFMTA’s budget from 7 to 6 supervisors, putting the SFMTA management in line with other city departments, and making it easier for the Board of Supervisors to respond faster to voter requests. Contract approvals will still require a majority vote of the Board of Supervisors.
Link to legislation File No. 160389
Proponent: Supervisor Yee   Opponent: Supervisor Wiener

They work for us. We don’t work for them.  The SFMTA is the one that needs to shift policies and goals, not the residents. San Francisco needs a transportation system that works today, not a plan for the future. We need a Board who listens to the public not one that dictates to us. Taking seats out of buses and removing bus stops will not help our aging population take public transportation.
Link to a Sample letter to the supervisors

 

 

SF’s First ‘Protected Intersection’ Breaks Ground At 9th & Division This Week

by Allie Pape : hoodline – excerpt

The city’s ongoing Vision Zero initiative to prevent pedestrian and cyclist deaths has led to a variety of infrastructure changes around San Francisco, from concrete bulb-outs to revamped bike lanes. This week, the city plans to break ground on another experiment: its first “protected intersection,” set to go in at the busy crossing of Ninth and Division streets in SoMa.

Ninth and Division is one of the intersections in the city’s “high-injury network,” the 12 percent of streets where severe and fatal crashes are most likely to occur…

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A rendering of the planned changes at the intersection.

As part of the project, Ninth Street will become two-way from Division to Brannan, with a new sidewalk and angled parking on the south side to narrow the roadway. The parking-protected bikeway on Division, installed between Bryant and Folsom last year, will also be extended between Ninth Street and Potrero Avenue in both directions.

The project will also entail some street improvements: roads will be re-paved not only at the intersection itself, but on Ninth between Brannan and Division and Division between Ninth and 10th.

SF Public Works is starting construction later this week, and hopes to wrap up the changes by the end of the year.

Interested in how protected intersections work? Here’s a video guide:… (more)

Go ahead. Do your worst. Create the biggest traffic jam you can. Piss everyone off who is not already pissed off.
Slow traffic on major streets leading to freeway access just as the city is bringing back shipping on the South Side of the Bay. How are all those 200,000 cars going to get to San Rafael from Pier 80? Are you planning to deliver them by drones? Not too many routes to the bridge from Pier 80 that a big truck an take. This is one of them.
This plan along with the Van Ness and Lombard plans, should push the residents over the edge and end the rule of this regime. As long as they know it is coming before the November election.

Port Of San Francisco Signs Deal To Process Car Shipments

cbslocal 740AM 106.9FM News – excerpt

SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS) — After losing most of its cargo shipping business to Oakland in recent decades, the Port of San Francisco has signed a 15-year deal to process car shipments at Pier 80.

KCBS’ Anna Duckworth reports on the agreement celebrated today that city leaders say brings back maritime jobs to the waterfront.

Pier 80 is the city’s primary cargo terminal, but ship traffic had nearly disappeared since the recession hit.

Interim Port Director Elaine Forbes said the new lease deal with San Rafael-based Pasha Automotive Services will be a boon for the city.

“The Pasha Group will build an import and export business that will include preparation of these automobiles. Think of a mini auto plant. The vehicles will be trucked from Pier 80 to Northern California to dealerships,” Forbes said.

At an inaugural celebration Monday, Mayor Ed Lee said the agreement will help revitalize the city’s waterfront, and that at least 50 percent of the jobs will go to residents in the Bayview neighborhood.

“These are jobs for our present, our future. They’ve been working-class jobs that we always said we’re going to bring back to San Francisco. It’s not just tech jobs, hotel jobs, and hospital jobs,” Lee said.

Pasha has similar operations at several other U.S. ports, and plans to process up to 200,000 vehicles here per year…(more)

Don’t know how City Hall plans to move the new cars being unloaded at Pier 80 through the streets of San Francisco to one of the bridges to get them to San Rafael. I can’t think of a wide street that will accommodate large trucks capable of handling the trucks that SFMTA is not planning to “slow and calm” this year. It is not easy for large trucks to take tight turns or narrow streets.

Forget Parking: Number Of Cars In The Bay Area Rising

cbslocal – excerpt

SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS) — It might not be rising as fast as the population, but the number of cars in San Francisco competing for a finite amount of land on which to drive and park is going up.

The number of vehicles registered in San Francisco and its surrounding counties has been climbing over the past five years, according to the DMV.

At the end of 2015, 494,000 were registered in San Francisco alone, and 1.3 million in Alameda County.

“There’s still an increase in the number of cars in the city. That concerns us because we need that land for housing. We need that land for jobs, and for public space,” Ratna Amin, Transportation Policy Director with SPUR, told KCBS.

Amin says the city’s Transit First policy is gaining traction with new residents.

“The majority of new residents in San Francisco are not bringing cars, or buying cars, and that’s because we do have pretty great transit,” Amin said… (more)

Where does Amin theorize the cars are coming from to declare that new residents do not own cars? Where else are they coming from? Clearly a lot of new residents are car owners. Since when does SPUR decide how to use the land? Isn’t it up to the citizens who live here to decide?

RELATED:
Port Of San Francisco Signs Deal To Process Car Shipments

There is clearly some confusion at City Hall since the Port of SF just signed a deal to process car shipments, guaranteeing an influx of more cars. They claim they plan to process up to 200,000 vehicles here per year. How will they get them from Pier 80 to San Rafael? We can only think of two ways to go. Bay Bridge or Gold Gate Bridge. Either way, they will be adding major traffic to the city streets from an area that is already congested while the SFMTA has the city under a new round of street disruptions. Whoever came up with this nonsensical plan needs to be retired.

Muni sets date to begin Van Ness BRT construction

By Jerold Chinn : sfbay – excerpt

Construction of San Francisco’s first bus rapid transit system will now start in November after transit officials said it would break ground on the project this summer.

A subcontractor dispute led to the delayed start of construction along Van Ness Avenue, said Paul Rose, spokesman for the Municipal Transportation Agency.

SFMTA documents show that The City’s Public Utilities Commission and a subcontractor chosen to do sewer and water line replacement work could not agree upon a price for the work. Instead, the Public Utilities Commission decided to bid the work out.

The SFMTA’s Board of Directors at its Aug. 16 meeting approved a contract amendment with Walsh Construction Company II, LLC, which is overseeing the construction of the project, to allow the company to begin work.

The Van Ness Improvement Corridor Project will include dedicated center-running transit lanes for Muni’s 47-Van Ness and 49-Van Ness/Mission routes that officials said will help improve reliability and reduce transit travel time for Muni riders by over 30 percent. Both routes currently serve about 45,000 riders a day.

Buses will change to low-floor buses and new station platforms will be able to accommodate riders waiting for the bus and for two buses to load and unload passengers at the same time.

Improvements such as pedestrian countdown timers, pedestrian bulb-outs and eliminating most left turns on the Van Ness Avenue corridor are also part of the project.

SFMTA documents show that primary bus rapid transit portion of the project will cost $189.5 million, which includes the cost of procuring new buses…

The total cost of all the improvements along the Van Ness Avenue corridor is $316.4 million, according to SFMTA documents. Funds for the project will come from federal grants, state funds, revenue bonds, local Proposition K funds and local funds from the Public Utilities Commission.

Officials began the bus consolidation portion of the project in June so that riders and Muni operators can get used to the changes before the opening of the bus rapid transit system in late 2019.

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Bay Area Public Transit Agency To Subsidize Uber, Lyft Rides

By Ian Wenik : thestreet – excerpt

NEW YORK (TheStreet) — The Livermore Amador Valley Transit Authority (LAVTA), a public transit agency that operates in the California Bay Area suburbs, is testing out a new initiative: subsidized ridesharing trips.

LAVTA, which operates buses in cities such as Dublin, Livermore and Pleasanton, is set to roll out the service on a one-year trial in mid-September. The plan will offer riders in certain areas of Dublin subsidized Uber and Lyft fares to local destinations at prices ranging from $3 to $5, according to the San Jose Mercury News.

LAVTA Executive Director Michael Tree explained the reasoning behind the program in an appearance on CNBC’s “Squawk Alley.”… (more)

If you didn’t need more proof that the plan is to privatize transportation systems after the government takes away your right to own your own transportation, this is it. It is the classic”Bait and Switch” scheme.

  • First they convince you that “parking isn’t free so they can charge you to park on the public streets.
  • Then they claim they can provide the transportation system you need while “calming traffic”.
  • Next they claim they need more money to “improve service” and raise the taxes fines and fees.
  • Next they “improve service by removing bus stops and seats, forcing more people to stand so they can fit in more people.
  • Then, when they have millions of people depending on them for service, they tell you to take the new “smart” corporate car service that they will subsidize so you can afford it.

The joke, if it was a joke, is that we had the private car service when we started on this journey, but now instead of owning our own homes and cars, we rent them from the corporation that can control our every move, and the worst traffic nightmare imaginable.

If this picture bothers you support the Prop L, the SFMTA Charter Amendment: stopsfmta.com

 

Well-Paid SFMTA Employee, Andy Thornley), Proposes Limiting “Access” on JFK Drive – Westbound Travel Banned, 15 MPH Speed Limit

sfcitizen – excerpt

…(A pay package of about $130k a year (TCOE – Total Cost of Employee), well that’s pretty well-paid for a low-stress job, non? It’s not like being a coal miner or anything. Correct me if I’m way off on this, of course.)

This proposal certainly would reduce traffic, overall, by a very slight amount. It would also increase westbound traffic on Fulton, and Lincoln too I suppose, by a significant amount…
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Fix JFK Drive

Posted by Andy Thornley 32.20sc on July 28, 2016

It’s time to civilize Golden Gate Park roads : Golden Gate Park is San Francisco’s crown jewel of public open space and everyone’s backyard. The eastern portion of JFK Drive in Golden Gate Park has enjoyed a marvelous state of car-free happiness and harmony on Sundays for the past 49 years, as well as Monday holidays for the past 29 years. Parking-buffered bike lanes help to tame JFK Drive between Stanyan Street and Transverse Drive on the other days of the week.

However, it’s been clear for a long time that the western extent of JFK Drive in Golden Gate Park needs serious intervention to make if safe and welcoming for bicycle traffic, for people of all ages and abilities. There’s no separated space for bicycles and the roadway is a hilly winding slalom course, and motor traffic often speeds along carelessly, bullying bike traffic, or worse…(more)

Andy is running for Supervisor in District One. So far Sandra Lee Fewer is winning that race. Maybe Andy’s lack of popularity stems from his radical anti-car approach. People in the Richmond like their life the way it is and don’t appreciate the disruption his department is thrusting on us.  The last thing we need is Andy on the board.

If you have any parking complaints, Andy is the person you need to reach out to after you file a 311 complaint.  Details here: https://metermadness.wordpress.com/sfpark-compaints/

 

Uber’s Ready to Fix the World

by : sfweekly – excerpt

It’s been an up and down week for Uber, but then again most are. When you’re so successful yet so controversial at the same time, that’s life. But two things that happened this week to the San Francisco ride-share app are far more interesting, and connected, than meets the eye…

First, let’s review Uber’s bad week. Uber had settled a lawsuit with some 300,000 drivers over pay and employee classification in April, but on Thursday a federal judge in San Francisco tossed it out, saying it was unfair to the drivers. While the company had agreed to pay out $100 million, the settlement had not been viewed positively because what drivers really want is to be considered full-fledged employees so they get better pay and some benefits.

No one was really surprised over this outcome, but it could hurt Uber’s chances of continuing to save tons of money by employing independent contractor drivers. Or it could be bad for the drivers — even if those drivers don’t last much longer.

Which brings us to Uber’s good week. It’s no secret that Uber is obsessed with driverless automobiles, and on Thursday it was revealed that the company’s first such cars will start operating in Pittsburgh this month. Of course, there will be a human monitoring the robot (which means this experiment could become 2001: A Space Odyssey in no time)…

Still, Kalanick insists Uber is not out to replace humans entirely, offering this happy assessment of the future to USA Today: “This isn’t an overnight thing, it’ll take a really long time. But let’s take a city like San Francisco. Let’s say over a decade or two we go from 30,000 cars on the (Uber) system to a million. Well, there will still be routes then that software can’t do, it’ll be too hard. So you’ll need drivers in those software-equipped cars to help out. And way out, if everything’s autonomous, you’ll need tens of thousands of people to maintain a fleet of a million cars. So the jobs are there.”… (more)

Would you get in a driverless car? Would you rather drive or be a mechanic? Why let the robots have all the fun?

 

Patent for “Parking Meter with Contactless Payment” Awarded to MacKay Meters

By Marketwired : sys-con – excerpt

GLASGOW, NOVA SCOTIA — (Marketwired) — 08/15/16 — J.J. MacKay Canada Limited (MacKay Meters), a recognized world leader in the manufacturing and development of parking control products, continues to strengthen its Intellectual Property portfolio with the issuance of U.S. Patent Number 9,406,056 titled “Parking Meter with Contactless Payment”, on August 2, 2016.

This new US patent relates to parking meters and in particular, to parking meters having contactless payment options and follows closely behind two Canadian patents (CA 2,773,250 and CA 2,870,544) issued on June 28, 2016 that also relate to parking meters with contactless payment. The above noted patents represent just a small portion of MacKay’s extensive Patent/IP portfolio which includes utility patents, patent applications, design patents, and industrial design registrations, and trademarks filed in the USA, Canada and internationally… (more)

Bay Area transit system to subsidize Uber, Lyft rides

By Denis Cuff : mercurynews – excerpt

DUBLIN — In a first for California, a public transit agency next month plans to begin subsidizing fares of people who take private Uber and Lyft cars to local destinations rather than riding the bus.

Passengers ordering Uber or Lyft car trips within two test areas of Dublin will be eligible to get door-to-destination service at a big discount under a partnership between the ride-hailing companies and the Wheels public bus system in Dublin, Alameda and Pleasanton.

The Livermore Amador Valley Transit Authority, which operates Wheels, said the one-year pilot project could help pave the way for changes in how public transit agencies in the United States serve suburban areas hampered by far-flung bus routes, few riders and little money from fares… (more)

 

SFMTA approves changes to Mission Street transit improvements in response to merchant complaints