SFMTA Citizens’ Advisory Council

Agenda and schedule – excerpt

Thursday, October 4, 2012 | 5:30 pm

Motion 120911.01 – The SFMTA CAC recommends that sidewalk parking laws be enforced not just against cars that leave less than four feet of direct-line travel room for pedestrians, but additionally against any car being more than one foot into the sidewalk…  (more)

Anybody want to explain this one? This is what we think this means…

Supervisors say property lease a bad deal for SFMTA

By: Joshua Sabatini : sfexaminer – excerpt

Questions are flying about the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency’s costly proposed lease of a 13-acre site for auto towing.
Curious timing and questionable terms and costs surrounding a proposed 20-year contract between the agency and the real estate firm Prologis prompted the Board of Supervisors Budget and Finance Committee on Wednesday to put the brakes on the deal, which took 14 months to negotiate.
“I don’t believe that we should move and move into something that is essentially a bad deal,” Supervisor David Campos said… (more)

Thankfully someone said no to Ed finally. Note that SFMTA wants to invest in a tow parking lot, but not a public parking lot for commuters located near a Muni hub, like most residents and commuters want. In fact, take a look at how many empty lots and garages there are around town and ask yourself why? What is the purpose of the empty lots with “no game parking” signs in Mission Bay?

Funding the Future

By Darwin BondGraham : eastbayexpress.com – excerpt

Environmentalists and community activists say that Measure B1 will help finance the rebirth of cities. The Bay Area’s transportation-infrastructure deficit is enormous. It’s felt most immediately in potholes, crowded roads, broken-down buses, and stranded passengers. While the exact sum of the under-funding is subject to interpretation, most parties agree that it’s in the range of many billions of dollars that are needed to maintain our roads, railways, bike lanes, and sidewalks. And that doesn’t count necessary investments in new and more efficient transit to replace crumbling infrastructure and disappearing services. The fact is, the Bay Area has infrastructure that is designed for a fraction of our current population, using dinosaur technologies that pollute far more than necessary. The crux of the problem isn’t technology, though, it’s money and politics…
The only downside to Measure B1 is that it’s a sales tax, one of the more regressive kinds of taxes… (More)