Recreation and Park Commission approves Central Subway station design

By: Will Reisman : sfexaminer.com – excerpt

A controversial design plan for the Central Subway’s Union Square station was approved Thursday, but opponents of the project said lawsuits could be coming as a result of the decision.
Because the station will sit on park property, the Recreation and Park Commission was required to sign off on the plan. The commission did so unanimously in the latest hurdle cleared for the $1.6 billion Muni project that will extend underground Metro service from South of Market to Chinatown…
Save Muni, a group long opposed to the Central Subway, has argued that the Union Square station violates aspects of the City Charter, which stipulates that structures on park property must have a recreational purpose. A 59-foot-long transit station does not meet those needs, according to Jerry Cauthen of Save Muni…
The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency, which operates Muni, will hear back next month on its $942 million federal grant application for the Central Subway… (more)

The unregulated cabs

sfbg.com – excerpt

Community taxi apps seem like a good idea — but they’re going to put people out of work… Yeah, the shared economy. Yeah, high tech. Yeah, there’s an app for that. Yeah, the San Francisco cab industry is screwed up and you can never get a cab when you need one.
But that’s not an excuse for the city to stand by and allow a whole cottage industry of unregulated, unlicensed cabs hit the streets, using a business model that everyone knows is fake and undermining decades of painstakingly crafted rules that govern this critical part of the city’s transportation infrastructure.
Over the past year, at least five new companies have opened that offer what the taxi industry offers — rides around the city for money. They do it in a cool new way — you send a message from your phone requesting a ride, you follow where the driver is with a GPS app, and when you get to the destination, you make a “voluntary” payment through a Pal-Pal-style system… (more)