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.

Related:
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

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