Customer Satisfaction Survey

By SFMTA – excerpt

The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) is asking Muni customers and San Francisco pedestrians, bicyclists and taxi customers to rate their customer experiences by completing a quick online customer satisfaction survey.
Whether you live, work or spend time in San Francisco, your opinion matters. You’ll have a chance to highlight key issues for improvement and sign up to become more involved in helping to build tomorrow’s transportation system…
Take the survey

Take this time to comment on your issues.

A petition against MTA’s anti-car policies

District5diary – excerpt

A petition from Eastern Neighborhoods United Front (ENUF):

San Francisco voters approved Prop E and the creation of SFMTA to do two things: fix the Muni and balance the Muni budget. Neither of these goals has been met.

San Francisco taxpayers have had enough of the parking policies enacted by the SFMTA. Making parking more difficult is not an acceptable method to control traffic congestion and finance Muni.

We do not trust a public transit agency that has no realistic vision of the streets of San Francisco, only plans for its budget, refuses to respond to the needs of the citizens who live and work here now, and piles on more public debt to finance a new controversial system before fixing the one the public relies on.

San Francisco needs a balanced, unbiased, public transportation agency that works for everyone.

I have created a petition to Mayor Lee and the Board of Supervisors that says:

As residents and taxpayers of San Francisco we believe that the SFMTA’s first and foremost responsibility is to improve MUNI and to make MUNI a more desirable means of transportation. It is not SFMTA’s job to make owning and driving a motor vehicle more expensive and difficult.

The SFMTA needs to be accountable to all the citizens of San Francisco. We need a balanced, unbiased municipal transportation policy.

We respectfully request that the Mayor and District Supervisors immediately stop the SFMTA from:

1. Installing new parking meters and extending the hours of enforcement
2. Enforcing Sunday parking meters
3. Increasing meter rates, fees and fines

Will you sign this petition? Click here.


Thanks to District 5 Diary for helping us spread the work about the survey and the petition to Stop SFMTA. This is an important district in the upcoming Supervisor election. Who will support the drivers in our fight with SFMTA?

I was in the Panhandle yesterday and noticed that there appear to be two bicycle paths through the park. Why would the SFMTA want to put bicycle paths on the major thoroughfares that are Fell and Oak when they already have existing paths that cyclists use? They still have to stop at the same corners as the cars either way, to allow cross to traffic to pass.

This is a complete waste of taxpayer dollars which only serves the purpose of slowing down traffic. Pick slow, level streets for the cycle paths.


8 Washington OK by S.F. supes stands

By John Wildermuth : SFGate – excerpt

…Chiu has been adamant in his opposition to the 3.2-acre development on a triangle of Port of San Francisco land across the Embarcadero from the Ferry Building. He called on board members to stop what could be a costly referendum election and campaign by reversing their approval of a special 136-foot height limit for the project, far taller than the current 84-foot limit along the waterfront.
Both the large number of signatures collected and polls commissioned by opponents of the development show that city voters are against both the individual project and any effort to allow taller buildings along the bay, he said.
“Today we have a chance to vote with a majority of San Franciscans,” Chiu said.
Chiu’s arguments were quickly dismissed by supervisors backing the project, who noted that the 31,000 voters who signed the referendum petitions only heard the opponents’ harangues against the development…
The board’s vote was the final chance to keep the referendum off the ballot. The 8 Washington project will remain on hold, with no physical construction allowed, until after the November 2013 election…  (more)

What motivates the Supervisors to risk their political careers to go against the wishes of their constituents?

Note that President David Chiu and Supervisors David Campos and John Avalos opposed this development.

SF to issue more taxi permits

By Michael Cabanatuan : SFGate – excerpt

Catching a cab in San Francisco, the bane of many downtown workers, weekend revelers and tourists, will soon become a little easier.
The Municipal Transportation Agency Board of Directors decided Tuesday to put an additional 150 to 200 taxis on the streets over the next few months. The board, on a 6-0 vote, with Director Leona Bridges absent, approved the temporary full-time operating permits in an effort to improve the public’s chances of getting a taxi.
“One of the most common complaints we hear as a board is that it can be difficult to find a taxi,” said Tom Nolan, the board chairman. “This plan is not the final step, but a significant one, that will help improve service for those who live, work and visit San Francisco.”…
The additional cabs will begin hitting the streets in about 30 days, said Paul Rose, a spokesman for the agency, but it will take a few months for the companies to get enough vehicles and drivers for all of the extra permits. San Francisco currently has 1,535 taxis licensed to operate full time, which requires two 10-hours shifts daily…

Extra taxis approved for San Francisco
San Francisco To Issue Up To 200 New Temporary Taxi Permits

Judging by the reaction of taxi drivers to this news, it is clear that the SFMTA does not support their interests. If they really supported taxis’ and their customers, they would not keep them out of the bus lanes. As we noted earlier, taxis and vanpools are part of the public transit system, and are supposed to share the transit lanes with the buses.

Critical vendor replaced before SFpark launch

The SFpark project is scheduled to go “live” within the next 30 to 90 days. Strap on your seatbelts, San Francisco drivers. This could be a wild ride.SFPark : – excerpt

As previously reported in this column, the SFpark program was originally designed to operate using parking space sensors supplied by Streetline, a San Francisco company. Though there has still been no formal announcement of a change, this column has confirmed that last fall, top managers of SFpark decided that Streetline’s sensors would have to be removed and replaced with technology provided by StreetSmart instead…
The reasons for this change are tough to pin down. Many people close to the project are extremely reluctant to discuss in any detail why, after over 18 months of work, the supplier for the most important element of the ambitious parking space monitoring program suddenly needed to be changed…
However, Julie Dixon of Serco, the company/contractor hired by the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Authority (SFMTA) with overall responsibility for the project, was more specific. “Streetline did not meet the performance standards specified in the contract,” said Dixon…Though most of the Streetline sensors can be seen in parking spaces throughout the city (StreetSmart’s sensors are barely visible since they are flush mounted in the pavement), ACS did confirm that all previously installed Streetline sensors would soon be removed at no cost to the city of San Francisco. None of the Streetline sensors are currently active. There are over 8,000 sensors involved in the initial rollout of the project…
The SFpark project is scheduled to go “live” within the next 30 to 90 days. Strap on your seatbelts, San Francisco drivers. This could be a wild ride.  (more)

Thanks for more details on the story that we broke locally. What we heard is that the sensors don’t work. Now they say they are not live. Hmmm? Maybe that has something to do with the materials in the landfill and the below street electric wiring?

Local business enterprise joint venture completes transition of four landmark SFMTA parking contracts

By Impark : – excerpt

VANCOUVER, SEPT. 4, 2012 — /PRNewswire/ – Impark, one of North America’s largest parking operators, announced today it has completed the transition of four San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) garages into its management.  The five-year parking management contracts were awarded to Impark joint venture company IMCO parking in three phases over the past six months with the final transition taking place on May 1st, 2012…

All four contracts are to be managed by IMCO; a joint venture between Impark and Convenient Parking, an organization certified under the City’s LBE Program. “I am very proud to be working with Impark on these major projects” said Fred Bekele, owner of Convenient Parking.  “While we have partnered with Impark on various projects since 2005, the new SFMTA contracts are a tremendous opportunity for a developing local business such as ours”… (more)

Looks like the parking business is the fastest growng industry in San Francisco, unless we fight SFMTA and turn that around. How many local jobs do you suppose they are creating for the residents? How much of that money is staying in the local economy and how much is being sucked up by outside interests?