Muni Rate Hike Goes Info Effect Sunday, July 1

By Aaron Sankin : huffingtonpost.com – excerpt

Just when you thought it was safe to get back on the bus…it’s time for another Muni rate hike.

Effective Sunday, July 1, the cost of a monthly Muni passes will increase by $2. The Muni-only M pass will rise from $62 to $64 and the Muni-plus-BART A pass will now cost $74. Discount and lifeline passes will also increase by $1…

Single ride Muni tickets will still cost $2…

Muni isn’t the only local transit agency upping the cost of a ticket on Sunday. BART is also instituting a similar inflation-based 1.4 percent rate hike. BART officials estimate that will come out to about an extra five cents per ride….

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No one is immune from the SFMTA’s craving for cash.

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SF transportation chief’s take on parking tickets

By Rachel Gordon : City Insider : SFGate.com – excerpt

The San Francisco transportation agency’s push to bolster the force of parking control officers is driven by two needs: to better enforce the existing laws and to generate more money.

That was the frank  assessment by Ed Reiskin, the city’s transportation director, in explaining to a Board of Supervisors’ committee why he plans to hire more parking cops…

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More SF Parking Tickets Likely As MTA Copes With Budget Gap

Reporter Barbara Taylor : SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS) – excerpt

SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS)— San Francisco’s Transportation Director acknowledged Monday that more than two dozen parking control officers will be writing more tickets in the upcoming year, a move that came just as his department revealed a projected budget shortfall…

Transportation Director Ed Reiskin denied his agency is targeting motorists to balance the budget, but admitted as much during an exchange with Supervisor Scott Wiener at a city budget hearing Monday…

Many have commented Ed’s  amazing ability to speak out of both sides of his face simultaneously. Admissions and denials are Ed’s specialty.

Wheel, rail or sail, transit prices are going up

By: Will Reisman : SF Examiner Staff Writer – excerpt

Fares start increasing this weekend on several Bay Area transit agencies — and the move is becoming a rite of summer for riders.

Muni, BART, Caltrain and Golden Gate Transit will all implement fare hikes beginning Sunday. They are modest, but the cumulative effect of years of increases has driven the cost of transit up significantly…

Permits, tickets to be more costly

Transit passengers will not be alone in paying more for travel come Sunday.

Residential parking permits in The City are set to increase from $100 to $104, and parking citations will increase by $7 to $8, under plans approved by the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency…

What to expect Riders on Muni, BART, Caltrain and Golden Gate Transit will see fare increases starting Sunday.

Muni

  • Fast Passes with BART service will increase from $72 to $74
  • Muni-only Fast Passes will increase from $62 to $64
  • Senior, youth and disabled monthly passes will increase from $21 to $22
  • Low-income monthly passes will increase from $31 to $32

BART

  • Fares will increase by 1.4 percent

Caltrain

  • One-way cash fares will increase by 25 cents and round trips by 50 cents
  • Golden Gate Transit
  • One-way cash fares for bus travel will increase by 25 cents
  • One-way cash fares for ferry travel will increase by 25 cents from Larkspur to San Francisco and 50 cents from Sausalito to San Francisco
  • Sources: SFMTA, BART, Caltrain, Golden Gate Transit

Sources: SFMTA, BART, Caltrain, Golden Gate Transit

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South San Francisco ferry loaded with subsidies

By Phillip Matier and Andrew Ross : Chronicle Columnists – excerpt

That new ferry line to South San Francisco opened to a lot of fanfare, offering rides to and from Oakland and Alameda in less than 55 minutes.

What’s not being talked about is that for every $14 round-trip ticket sold, the public will be kicking in a subsidy of nearly $100…

People who pay taxes and tolls will be picking up the bill for an armada of costs for the new ferry over the next 20 years…

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When is pubic transit too expensive? Is it right to charge taxpayers $50 per ferry ride? Is this on an average day when there are ferries are running at full capacity? Does that subsidy rate go up on slow days or is this the “assumed average” subsidy?

How much are we paying to subsidize the Muni?

County suddenly yanks $30 million in tax funds from San Francisco 49ers stadium

By Mike Rosenberg : Mercurynews.com – excerpt

Out of nowhere, Santa Clara County officials have yanked $30 million in tax funds promised for the San Francisco 49ers’ new Santa Clara stadium, saying they would rather spend the money on teachers than install “little televisions in the back of stadium seats.”…

The new state law gives counties complete control over doling out the property tax revenues from former redevelopment areas. At a meeting in Santa Clara City Hall on Friday, the oversight board voted 4-3 to keep the money from the 49ers and spend it instead on local governments and schools…

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This should bring out the lawyers, but it does raise the possibility of altering spending decisions to meet new demands. What happens when a county favors spending money on schoolteachers and seismic retrofits instead of a ballpark? Who’s money is it?

SEIU San Francisco Protesting Mall Parking Lot

BY THOMAS MOYER : thomasmoyer.com – excerpt

It looks like the SEIU are protesting in front of the parking garage at the downtown mall in San Francisco. If you know anything about this city, you will find that there are so many protests all the time somewhere in the city. But what caught my eye about this one is that they were protesting at the entrance and inside of the parking garage ticketing machines…

 

Hot or Not?

BY MATT FULLER, GRI : jacksonfuller.com – excerpt

San Francisco street signs are getting a makeover. As you can see from the montage below, our street signs have decided to stop yelling at drivers and instead use their lower-case voice. Which is shocking at first glance, but has kind of grown on me the more I look at it…

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I like the new signs but object the spending money on such things while the SFMTA is over budget. How much are they spending on the new street signs? Which part of the budget are they taking the money from?  Why aren’t they fixing the Muni instead?

No Tall Cars Allowed… But Why?

BY MATT FULLER, GRI : jacksonfuller.com – excerpt

I was recently previewing a property in Noe Valley and saw the rather curious photo that you see below. It’s located on a residential street, on a hill, but not a particularly steep hill. So I’m hoping someone can explain to me why parking a vehicle over 6 feet high is prohibited on this particular block?

Did the neighbors rally city hall for a street sign so that the view from their front windows wouldn’t be blocked? Was there once an industrial company or business in the neighborhood that had really big vehicles parked on the street? Was it once a popular spot for tourist buses to park?

I’ve seen plenty of goofy street signs in San Francisco, including the current changes to street sign lettering in San Francisco. But I don’t think I’ve ever seen a street sign that prohibits the parking of a moderately tall vehicle on a residential street…

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Brown backs away from bullet train fight

By LANCE WILLIAMS : The Bay Citizen – excerpt

Green groups critical of plan to skirt environmental provisions

Gov. Jerry Brown backed away from a fight with environmentalists yesterday, abandoning a plan to exempt the $68 billion California bullet train project from environmental laws.

Brown had hoped to fast-track construction of the controversial project by sidestepping key provisions of the California Environmental Quality Act.

But the idea had put him at odds with most of the state’s green groups…

But the move also might shore up legislative support for the project. For construction to begin, lawmakers soon must approve the sale of billions of dollars in state rail construction bonds…

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Selling billions of dollars in bonds will increase the debt and further erode the state’s already bad credit rating. And who will buy them? There are already billions of dollars of unsold state bonds waiting for investors to snap them up. This seems like a bad time to finance a controversial project.