SFMTA in midst of robust study of private shuttle industry

By: Will Reisman : sfexaminer.com – excerpt

The proliferation of private workplace shuttles, which take thousands of cars off the road but often conflict with Muni vehicles, is getting the serious attention of city officials, who hope to regulate the services within the coming months.
In The City, at least 27 institutions employ private shuttles, which pick up employees in their neighborhoods and drop them off at their jobs. The shuttles use about 200 loading and unloading zones, many of them near Muni bus stops, including a huge presence on Van Ness Avenue and other busy corridors, according to the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency.
The shuttles spend about one minute at each stop, often using Muni loading zones or temporarily double-parking, which can put Muni vehicles behind schedule…“It’s time to embrace shuttles as part of the transportation system, and that means coming up with the right regulations,” said Metcalf. “The goal should be to have more of these vehicles, not less.”…

More shuttles and jitneys for the public could help stem Muni loses on slow and underused routes.

San Francisco Auto Dealers Form New Trade Group

sfaja.com – excerpt

San Francisco, California (September 13, 2012) – San Francisco’s premiere auto dealers have formed a new trade group, the San Francisco Auto Jobs Alliance, to preserve the city’s automotive heritage and promote job creation and economic growth in the city.
The Alliance is comprised of dealers representing the Land Rover, Range Rover, Jaguar, Lotus, Lamborghini, Bentley, Volkswagen, Audi, Volvo, Mazda, Honda, Toyota, BMW, Mini, Mercedes, Smart, Hyundai, and Scion brands.
Together, these franchised auto dealers generated almost $700 million in car sales in San Francisco in 2011 and nearly $9 million in sales tax revenue for the city’s General Fund while employing more than 1,500 people… (more)

SF Agencies Take Aim at Bureaucratic Obstacles to a Transit-First City

by Aaron Bialick : sfstreetsblog.org – excerpt

San Francisco agencies are developing a wide-ranging program to streamline the funding and construction of improvements for walking, bicycling, and transit…
The Transportation Sustainability Program (TSP) would reform the city’s transportation practices in three key areas: by eliminating reliance on the automobile-centric measuring stick known as Level of Service (LOS), by instituting a system of development impact fees that fund sustainable transportation improvements, and expediting the review process for pedestrian, bicycle, and transit projects. The details are on the wonky side, but if the city delivers on these reforms, SF could be looking at a much more rapid build-out of transit corridors, bikeways, and pedestrian safety measures… (more, including some great cartoons that illustrate perfectly LOS and your tax dollars working against you.)

What lurks behind the green face of SFMTA?

Using massive amounts of tax dollars they plan to destroy SF’s historical neighborhoods and replace them with highrises. This is a complete turnaround. The same people who decried the rise of condos and Manhattanization and condos during the anti live-work movement now they embrace it.

This is why many liberal Democrats are turning into anti-tax libertarians.

Levels of service and travel projections the wrong tools for planning our streets
Reclaiming SF’s Market Street for Public Space
Our City could use a little Manhattanization

Grants Awarded for Parking Pricing Projects

BY HENRY WALLMEYER : blog.parking.org – excerpt

The U.S. Department of Transportation recently announced more than $363 million in grants from the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) to fund a wide variety of highway improvements that include the Value Pricing Pilot (VPP) Program. The VPP Program supports a variety of strategies to manage congestion on highways, including tolling highway facilities through congestion pricing, as well as other methods that do not involve tolls, such as mileage-based car insurance and parking pricing. Awardees and grant amount included:…

San Francisco Metropolitan Transportation Commission Regional Parking Pricing Analysis Tool – This proposal creates a regional parking database that will allow localities to analyze the effects of various parking pricing scenarios designed to encourage transit and other alternative travel in the Bay Area. $560,000…
Parking Pricing Enhancement Study in San Francisco
This two-part project will study and assess options for implementing a residential parking pricing pilot and develop transferable technical specifications for SFpark, which would help other cities implement similar programs. $420,000.

For the complete list of awardees, visit http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/discretionary/2012vppp.cfm, and be sure to download for free the FHWA’s Contemporary Approaches to Parking Pricing.
We encourage all parking organizations to explore the opportunity to improve their operations with the assistance of federal or private grants. For more information on the FHWA grants, please contact:

Allen Greenberg
U.S. Department of Transportation
Federal Highway Administration

Henry Wallmeyer is deputy director of the International Parking Institute.

This is where our Federal tax dollars are going, how they are financing the parking meters, and who to write.

Hill Residents Concerned About Proposed Changes to 22-Fillmore

By Brian Rinker : potreroview.net – excerpt

Many Potrero Hill residents and business owners are skeptical of a San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) proposal to reroute the 22-Fillmore bus line from the 18th Street commercial district to 16th Street, from which it would travel north on Third Street toward Mission Bay. “Bus service in general is inadequate in our area,” said Jim Wilkins, Hill resident and Eastern Neighborhoods United Front (ENUF) member. “The move of the 22 bus will further diminish that service.” The plan to reroute the 22-Fillmore is part of the Transit Effectiveness Project (TEP), a joint effort by the transportation agency and City Controller which aims to improve Muni services, making transit more reliable, faster and efficient…
Finalizing any plans may take some time. Revising the 22 line has been in the City’s pipeline for decades. In 1998, an environmental impact report for Mission Bay included similar proposals to reroute the 22, expressed concerns about overhead wires, and noted that the proposed plans were similar to those presented in a 1990 report. “Muni has been claiming recently that the 22 rerouting is some sort of transit improvement for the area as part of the Transit Effectiveness Project, when in fact a) it isn’t an improvement, it’s a reduction of service on the Hill, and b) it was in the works long, long before the TEP,” Kelly said. If the City ever reroutes the 22 Kelly hopes that it provides adequate replacement transportation… (more)

Potrero Hill Democratic Club Gets Political

By Sasha Lekach : Potrero View – excerpt

Politically-inclined Southside residents have been gathering at the Potrero Hill Democratic Club (PHDC) for years, to debate local, state and national issues, and share ideas about how to address challenges associated with the environment, budget deficits, campaign finance, equity, education, public safety and more…
At last month’s gathering the first discussion topic was a proposed development at 8 Washington Street, along the waterfront…
But by the end of the meeting a quorum of voting members was present, and the club endorsed the campaign “No Wall on the Waterfront”…
when there’s a hot issue — such as parking meter plans or a District 10 race — and that new faces are always popping up… (more)


Short Cuts

Potrero View – excerpt

Concerned about San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency plans to place meters throughout Southside San Francisco, Eastern Neighborhoods United Front (ENUF) is surveying residents and businesses to find out what parking changes they believe are merited in Dogpatch, Potrero Hill, the Mission and elsewhere. ENUF hopes to collect hundreds of surveys, a copy of which can be found at sfenuf.org by September 7… Mission Rock Resort: Oyster Bar— aka “The Rock” — opened last month at the former site of Kelly’s Mission Rock, 817 Terry Francois Boulevard. You might want to go there now; it’s looking to quickly become a waterfront destination for the rest of the City… (more)

Transit Goes Hybrid In San Francisco

Hybrid buses are heading towards San Francisco.
New Flyer Industries Inc. announced today that the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Authority (“SFMTA”), which oversees all transportation in the City, including the Municipal Railway (MUNI), has approved the purchase of 45 heavy-duty 40-foot Xcelsior diesel-electric hybrid buses.
New Flyer has a long-standing relationship with San Francisco that dates back to 1988, with approximately 190 diesel and electric trolley buses being built and delivered since then. San Francisco has a total fleet size today of approximately 800 buses and trolleys, with New Flyer buses representing approximately 8 percent of the active fleet.
The 45 new Xcelsior hybrids will replace 13 year old buses currently in service… (more)

Your state tax dollars at work?