Revamp to Fell and Oak streets’ bike lanes unanimously approved by SFMTA

By: Will Reisman : – excerpt

New bike lanes, extended crossing zones and other traffic-calming measures on a three-block stretch of both Fell and Oak streets were approved Tuesday as part of a controversial plan that also will remove more than 50 parking spaces…
Dozens of people spoke at the board meeting, with opinions split on the plan. Cyclists, pedestrians and some residents praised the plan, while motorists, business owners and others expressed concerns about the loss of parking spaces and the adverse impact on traffic flow.(more)

There is an on-going lawsuit against the plan.

CentCentral Subway Lawsuit Over Union Square Station Threatens To Derail Project Once And For All

This controversial project, which wins the prize for being the most expensive public transit project per square mile, will probably end up at the ballot box.
Read the Article at HuffingtonPost

A Better Way to Pay for the MTA

Clipper cards reveal travelers’ whereabouts to police, lawyers, apps

By ZUSHA ELINSON : – excerpt

Only three subpoenas or warrants have sought user information since 2010 launch…According to the Metropolitan Transportation Commission, which administers the (Clipper) card, it has received three search warrants or subpoenas seeking customers’ personal travel information since the card’s inception in 2010. In only one of those cases did the search turn up any relevant travel information, according to the commission’s response to a public records request from The Bay Citizen.
Use of the card, accepted by every major Bay Area public transit system, is soaring with 689,000 transactions a day and more than 1 million active Clipper cards. Many cardholders might not realize that data tracking their every move on public transit is stored on computers and available to anyone with a search warrant or subpoena. Personal data can be stored for seven years after a Clipper account is closed, according to the commission’s policy.
In addition, a new smartphone app, called FareBot, allows anyone to scan a Clipper card and find out where the owner has been…
Transit riders can remain anonymous if they pay for a Clipper card in cash and do not register it, he noted. People who don’t register stand to lose any money on their card if it is lost, stolen or stops working…
“You can read them from some distance, so it is possible that somebody could brush their phone on your back pocket and they could know where you live, where you shop and quite a bit about your life,” he said…. (more)