Van Ness Improvement Project continues…

Van Ness Improvement Project Bus Rapid Transit Is Coming to San Francisco

From Calle24 via email – and SFMTA web site.


In one week, as part of the Van Ness Improvement Project, the SFMTA will be closing the intersection at S. Van Ness Avenue and Mission Street to traffic for five days and six nights, from August 4-9, to replace the roadway.

By closing the full intersection for five days, the team can complete work in the intersection that would normally require two months of work completed one segment at a time. The goal is to minimize inconvenience for the public. The construction is expected to be completed by the end of the year. 

This closure will impact people driving, taking transit and walking in SoMa, Tenderloin, Civic Center, Hayes Valley, Downtown and Inner Mission. 

People who travel in the area are encouraged to “Scout Your Route” before the shutdown and plan their travel accordingly. The project website details the available detours and provides additional information for motorists. While pedestrian access will be maintained at all times, people walking should consider bypassing the area. 

Muni routes 14 Mission, 14R Mission Rapid, 49 Van Ness-Mission, 90 San Bruno Owl and 91 3rd-19th Ave Owl and AC Transit Route 800 will be rerouted, and some bus stops will be relocated. Muni Metro and BART service will not be affected.  

Thank you to all the residents and travelers who have remained patient through the traffic reroutes, dust and noise! We appreciate your support and are excited to welcome you on to the new BRT in early 2022. For more information Click Here.

Mission Street, 16th to Cesar Chavez, Brick Sewer Rehabilitation Project

Is this what we are looking at? Will this be going on while the streets south of Market around S Van Ness are also closed? What are they thinking? Let’s treat people equally bad on the east and west side of the city all at one time?
If they wanted to kill Mission Street businesses this should do it.


map from SFMTA site

Project Purpose and Scope of Work

The San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC) operates a combined sewer system that collects and treats wastewater (sewage and stormwater). Our Sewer System Improvement Program (SSIP) is upgrading and modernizing our system to ensure we can continue to protect public health and the environment now and into the future.

As part of the SSIP investments, this project will rehabilitate the existing 100-year old sewer mains, located under Mission Street, between 16 th and 22nd Streets, as well as between 25th and Cesar Chavez Streets (the sewers between 22nd and 25th Streets are in good condition and do not need to be rehabilitated). To minimize impacts to the adjacent residents and businesses, most of the sewer rehabilitation work were designed to be performed using a trenchless method called Cured-in-Placed Pipe (CIPP) This project will also relocate a portion of Emergency Firefighting Water System (EFWS) pipeline and a fire hydrant at the intersection of 20th and Mission Street, to make room for the sewer improvements.

In addition, SFPUC coordinated with another city agency, San Francisco Metropolitan Transit Authority (SFMTA), and included transit improvements, such as bus stop replacements and associated sidewalk and traffic signal work, near the intersection of Mission and 20th Streets, to be completed with the sewer construction contract. The transit related work is sponsored by SFMTA and information about the bus stop replacement project can be found in SFMTA’s website and the contact number below…

Estimated Construction Schedule
Winter 2020 – Winter 2021


Mission Street Down July 28

The state of Mission Street on July 28, no idea what is going on here. No notice on the street or lane closures. Just a mess on Mission Street.

Looking forward to an explanation on what is happening here. Hope whatever it is will be cleared before the South Van Ness closure takes place and cuts traffic flow, including bus routes from Market to Cesar Chavez in the Mission district. Closing lanes on Van Ness, Mission and Valencia is guaranteed to create the same gridlock and confusion in the Mission that SFMTA has brought to the Richmond and the Sunset districts, angering everyone in San Francisco as the department wants to beg for higher taxes, fines and fees to keep the Muni running. Where is the wisdom in this strategy.

Parklets on fire?

CA: S.F. is considering downtown ‘congestion pricing.’ Here’s how much it would cost

By Ricardo Cano : masstransitmag – excerpt

Congestion pricing is still three to five years from potentially arriving to the city, but details on what a congestion pricing plan could look like in San Francisco have emerged and the effort will reach a critical point at the end of this year.

Jul. 24—Downtown San Francisco neared its breaking point.

Its streets were clogged mornings and afternoons with record levels of congestion. Public transit buses sat idly in gridlock too dense to overcome, even with the benefit of dedicated red-painted lanes meant to hasten passengers’ commutes. Ride-hailing services such as Uber and Lyft brought more vehicles into the area, worsening the problem.

So in 2019, before the pandemic emptied out downtown, San Francisco once again revived a controversial, decades-long debate about whether to charge drivers a fee to enter the city’s densest portions. And even though congestion isn’t the problem it was pre-pandemic, this added cost is still being considered by the city.

Congestion pricing is still three to five years from potentially arriving to the city, according to a spokesperson for the San Francisco County Transportation Authority, which is leading the city’s study. But details on what a congestion pricing plan could look like in San Francisco have emerged, and the effort will reach a critical point at the end of this year when the Board of Supervisors will decide whether to move forward on the issue.

If it does, here’s how congestion pricing could work in San Francisco, based on the latest details:…

The city considered implementing congestion pricing as early as 2004, according to a 2010 transportation authority study that was commissioned after downtown congestion had reached then-record levels following the Great Recession…

“I believe that ultimately we will conclude, and should conclude, that congestion pricing does have a role in addressing congestion,” Supervisor Rafael Mandelman said at a County Transportation Authority meeting earlier this month…

Wendy Silvani, manager of the Mission Bay Transportation Management, told The Chronicle that many of the neighborhood’s residents “had no idea” that congestion pricing could be coming to San Francisco, “and we were part of the zone.”…

“This is kind of the wrong time” to be considering congestion pricing, Silvani said. “The parameters are changing, and we don’t know yet how they’re changing. And it’s going to be a while before we do know.”…


Watch the date move on the 3-5 year claim. It has already jumped about ahead 2 years. It was a 5 year headway. When did they first mention the 5 year plan? That will be the date that they are now planning to launch 2 years from now. Ready to take action or move?

Golden Gate Bridge Traffic Remains Drastically Lower Than Before Pandemic

By Bay City News : nbcbayarea – excerpt

Closing the Great Highway sends a warning to stay out of San Francisco

Though California has been officially reopened for more than a month, travel over and under the Golden Gate Bridge by bus and ferry is still lagging far behind its pre-pandemic levels.

In a Friday meeting of the Golden Gate Bridge, Highway and Transportation District Board of Directors, the board discussed causes of and solutions to the lack of traffic.

Despite the overall lag, the district’s general manager Denis Mulligan said customer survey results indicated most customers will resume using regular bus and ferry transportation by December when businesses shift away from remote work. During Friday’s meeting, Mulligan explained that weekday travel on the bridge has taken a particular hit…(more)

Yada Yada Yada. Who are they kidding? Lots of excuses for the low traffic flow, but, no mention of the fact that the bridge tolls went up and every news channel is telling drivers to stay away. High crime, closed streets, and parking lots, reduced parking at exorbitant rates. Why would anyone want to drive across the bridge to San Francisco? Pay more for less? Where is the fun for drivers when the message is “Drivers not welcome in San Francisco”. You’re turning the Great Highway into the Great Walkway. Why would anyone pay to cross a bridge into such a hostile environment? Make up your mind. Do you want to invite people to drive back to San Francisco or not?

Mission/S. Van Ness intersection closing for 5 days 8/4 thru 8/9

In case you missed the news about the next closure…

Mission/S. Van Ness intersection closing for 5 days 8/4 thru 8/9. The intersection will be closed starting 6am Wednesday, August 4 and ending at 6am Monday, August 9. The effect on traffic will extend for blocks. Here’s the MTA’s map of suggested “reroutes” but their basic recommendation is “avoid the area”.

Opinion: BART, VTA projects won’t move climate-change needle

Opinion By Marc Joffe : mercurynews -excerpt

Bay Area residents are deeply concerned about climate change and actively support local transit projects to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. But building more transit infrastructure locally often fails to move the needle very much.

Rather than build expensive new transit infrastructure, Bay Area innovators should be applying technologies to make off-peak transit on existing lines and working from home more convenient.

Well before the pandemic, Bay Area transit ridership was declining. This means that the costly projects now in the works or on the drawing board are likely to have a much smaller effect on the climate than previously expected…(more)

Legislative Update: Here’s What Bills Are Still Alive in the Senate and Assembly

By Damien Newton : streetsblog – excerpt

…Here’s an update on important legislation that Streetsblog has covered and where it now stands. Legislation is listed by bill number with the Assembly Bills listed before the Senate Bills…

A.B. 43 – “Changes to the 85th Percentile Rule”
A.B 116, – “Oversight of the High Speed Rail Authority”
A.B. 117 – “E-bike Rebates”
A.B. 122 – “Safety Stop”
A.B. 339 – “Virtual Participation in Public Meetings”
A.B. 455 – “Transit Only Bus Lanes on Bay Bridge”…if buses aren’t able to travel at 45 mph across the bridge regularly by January 2025, then the authorities must set aside one of the bridge’s lanes for transit only.
A.B. 550 – “Limited Use of Speed Cameras”
A.B. 629 – “Seamless Bay Area” Status: DEAD. On pause until next session.
A.B. 773 – “Street Closures and Designations” aka “The Slow Streets Bill”
A.B. 784 – “Alameda Contra-Costa Transit District”
A.B.823 – “Ban on Fossil Fuel Powered Trains on High Speed Rail” Status: DEAD.
A.B. 917 – “Vehicles: video imaging of parking violations”
A.B. 1091 – “Reorganizing Board of VTA”
A.B. 1147 – “Regional transportation plan: Active Transportation Program”
A.B. 1147, also introduced by Friedman, would require a number of changes to the ways regions plan their transportation and land use, including requiring them to account for how transportation funds support greenhouse gas reductions. It would also require Caltrans to develop a proposal for building bicycle highways to support long bike commutes.
A.B. 1196 – “Sacramento Regional Transit District: board of directors: voting procedures.”
A.B. 1238 – “Freedom to Walk”
A.B. 1238, by Asm. Phil Ting, which would “decriminalize jaywalking” by making it legal for pedestrians to cross the street mid-block if there is no vehicular traffic coming.
A.B. 1401 – “Residential and commercial development: remodeling, renovations, and additions: parking requirements”
A.B. 1401, another bill introduced by Friedman, faces a similar path.
S.B. 260 – “Climate Corporate Accountability”
S.B. 467 – “Phasing Out Fracking Status: DEAD
S.B. 551 – “California Zero-Emission Vehicle Authority”

You Can Now Get Your Real ID Card Through AAA in California

via email : nbcsandiego – excerpt

You may have longer to get your Real ID driver’s licenses and identification cards, but you won’t want to wait too long. The American Automobile Association wants to help.

AAA members can now apply for their Real ID at select auto club locations, including one in San Diego, through a new pilot program in partnership with the Department of Motor Vehicles.

To get the Real ID card through AAA, members will have to fill out the application and upload documents to the DMV’s Real ID website. Customers must also schedule an appointment at a participating AAA location and pay the usual driver’s license or identification card fee…(more)

Since we heard that passport applications are on a slow track these days, any help with IDs is welcome.

The housing debate in California has lost its way, while misguided class warfare continues

By Bob Silvestri : marinpost – excerpt

Like many political debates these days, discussions about housing policy have become buried in counterproductive ideological positions and misguided, sound-bite marketing. California has become the epicenter of this increasingly polarized nonsense. We now seem to be thoroughly incapable of actually focusing on the core problems or working to address them—how to provide housing for those most in need… low-income people.

We began to talk about a “housing crisis,” in earnest, following the financial crisis of 2008. The resultant Great Recession was brought on by a banking collapse caused by unscrupulous financing practices. But, what began as an effort to reform bank underwriting and reign in speculative securitization of home loans and residential assets (which the federal government has still utterly failed to do), things quickly devolved into a resident against resident blame-game and increasingly hostile name-calling at the bottom of the power pyramid, while those at the top of the financial world have been whistling all the way to the bank. All this, of course, plays right into the hands of those who were responsible for the Great Recession, in the first place.

Now add to that, chronic under-employment and for too many, unequal pay, racism, unequal treatment under the law, and unequal access to education, healthcare, and public services, and you have a recipe for a full-blown dysfunctional socioeconomic system…

California’s most powerful politicians love trickle-down economics

Since the early 1980s, when “trickle-down” economics was the public policy favored by government and business, alike, the wealth disparity in the US has grown dramatically worse…

Let me give you just one example of the absurdity of California’s “anti-car” movement that is so unquestioningly embraced by politicians and YMBY pundits.

Fact: The automobile is not the biggest generator of greenhouse gases in the US. That title goes to the built environment—our buildings—which account for over 40%. After that, there is agriculture/animal breeding, and then transportation. But although transportation does include automobiles, they are not the biggest polluters under that category, by far. Believe it or not, that honor goes to international shipping. The 20 largest ocean-going container ships in the world belch out as much particulate and acidic air pollutants as all the automobiles in the world, combined… and there are 60,000 container freighters on the high seas.…(more)

Two bills coming out of Californai State Senate are SB9 and SB10 being pushed by Wiener and Atkins to remove single family zoning and cars from the state are raising land values beyond the means of most would-be homeowners. Find our more and how you may take actions against these bills: