Proposal revived to add new parking meters in eastern San Francisco neighborhoods

By: Will Reisman: sfexaminer – excerpt

Talks are beginning to start up again over a controversial plan to install 5,000 parking meters in new San Francisco neighborhoods, nearly one year after the proposal was shelved following a harsh community pushback.
The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency, which oversees parking in The City, originally intended to install the new meters in the northeast Mission, Dogpatch, Mission Bay and Potrero Hill. Despite preliminary approval of the plan in January, the agency opted to delay installation of the meters in response to neighborhood concerns. Over the past 10 months, the agency has been collecting parking data and information about trends in the relevant neighborhoods…
Before shelving its plan, the Transportation Agency recommended adding hundreds of meters near 17th and Folsom streets, the site of a future city park. Spokesman Paul Rose said the agency will not make specific recommendations at tonight’s meeting, but the parking management plan for the neighborhood will include meters, residential permits and posted time limits…
The agency’s goal for the neighborhood is to manage parking demand and availability; improve access; and encourage the use of transit, biking and walking, Rose said. He also said that a key goal was maintaining parking availability for local businesses…
“They hold these meetings, residents rail against the plans, and they still move forward with them,” said Mari Eliza, spokesman for Eastern Neighborhoods United Front, a group… (more)

SFMTA Meeting Tonight at John O’Connell High

Car Sharing Widens the Lanes of Access for City Drivers

Josie Garthwaite : National Geographic News

Behind Valencia Street’s widened sidewalks and bike lanes, San Francisco has another tool ready to cut traffic and transit crowding. Nestled in the neighborhoods surrounding this longtime transportation corridor are hundreds of parked cars—available for sharing.
Brian Scates, creative director at a Silicon Valley startup, rented out his 2000 Audi All-Road last year for $50 to $60 a day, rather than let it sit unused while he biked around town and commuted to work by train. Meanwhile, Sebastien Rouif throws his surfboard into the back of his neighbor’s pickup truck on Saturdays to drive down the coast and catch some waves. The fee and gas total about $40, cheaper than other rental options—and it’s a lot less expensive than owning a car…
Scates has since cut back on sharing his car, but still believes in the idea: “I’m all about fewer cars on the road, and maximizing the value that we get out of those vehicles.”… (more)

Second Life for Old Electric-Car Batteries: Guardians of the Electric Grid

Ed Lee takes new track on Muni management from previous mayors

By: Will Reisman : sfexaminer – excerpt

In December 2009, during a routine news conference to announce the unveiling of some painted bike lanes, former Mayor Gavin Newsom somehow managed to create a morsel of news out of a ho-hum event.
Frustrated by the lack of progress in his cherished citywide bike-sharing network, Newsom told local reporters that Nathaniel Ford, then the director of the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency, would be looking for a new job if the cycling project wasn’t completed.
The remark was typical of Newsom, a hyperkinetic manager who often immersed himself in matters related to The City’s transportation agency… Newsom loomed large over all transportation-related matters — an approach that made him very different from his chosen successor, Mayor Ed Lee…
“Mayors can use their bully pulpits to really stick up for their agency and make transit-first policies a priority. Mayor Lee has potential to lay out that big vision for Muni, but frankly, he’s never done it before. We’re still unclear about what he wants for the agency, and his leadership definitely leaves a little bit to be desired.”… (more)

6 U.S. Cities With The Most Expensive Parking Spots

Matthew Cadrin, provided by : investopedia : SFexaminer – excerpt

As anyone who has had to park downtown can attest, parking rates in many cities often seem egregiously high and few alternatives exist to save on parking. This has likely prompted the question as to what factors are influencing the prices for these spaces. A recent survey from Colliers International has uncovered the cities with the highest monthly parking rates in America. Listed here are some ideas as to why such spaces are so highly sought after that they can fetch up to $1 million…
San Francisco
It’s a small comfort perhaps, but expensive parking in San Francisco can be attributed to an improvement in the economy. Due to its technology and energy firms, San Francisco has benefited from the recent drop in U.S. office vacancies. As demand for its office space has increased, the number of commuters to the city has increased… (more)

We just learned that cable car tickets are now $10.00 making them more expensive than a cab ride. So much for Muni’s cable cars being family friendly.

Central Subway project taking holiday hiatus (sort of) and wires – excerpt

SAN FRANCISCO – San Francisco’s Central Subway project is taking a holiday hiatus near the city’s popular tourist and shopping destinations, according to the Municipal Transportation Agency.
No construction will take place on Thanksgiving, Black Friday, Christmas Day or New Year’s Day on the $1.6 billion project, which will create a new branch of the Municipal Railway’s T-Third line linking the city’s South of Market neighborhood to Chinatown.
Additionally, construction is pausing on Stockton and Ellis streets between Thanksgiving and January 2013 and the streets will be reopened to traffic to allow crowds to better navigate the area near Union Square, according to SFMTA officials…
Updates on the project can be found at

Thanksgiving Holiday Parking Rules

By David LaBua: – exceprt

Nothing can ruin a Thanksgiving weekend more than getting a $72 ticket…except being blamed for your in-laws’ car getting towed. We’ve broken down the matrix of rules and regulations for you so you can relax this Thanksgiving knowing that neither will happen to you… (more)

Only if you think to look up David LaBua’s blog will you know the rules to the parking game this Thanksgiving. Read for yourself. This really makes you want to shop in San Francisco.

Green Operations: Wireless Parking in San Francisco

By John Watts : – excerpt

Motorists in downtown San Francisco are participating in a pilot project that allows them to use their wireless devices to locate empty parking spaces on city streets. This novel program is designed to reduce carbon emissions, traffic congestion and save valuable time… (more)

I posted a comment on the site to set the record straight, but don’t see it. I pointed out the obvious. The first driver that sees the space gets it. Generally it is the first driver who watches the exiting car, not someone around the corner or blocks away who sees it on a screen. Wonder how much time and money the SFMTA officials spent setting up this program.


SFMTA considering different options for Central Subway work in North Beach

Will Reisman : – excerpt
Muni is exploring new options for retrieving tunneling equipment in or near North Beach, including one that could save the agency $23 million while keeping the machinery underground indefinitely.

As part of its $1.6 billion Central Subway project, which will extend underground Metro service from South of Market to Chinatown, Muni wants to extract a tunnel-boring machine through Columbus Avenue. Preparation for that process began this year and will be finished by Thanksgiving 2013.
But local business owners and residents, backed by Supervisor David Chiu, oppose the project, saying the work will increase traffic congestion and hurt local businesses. To appease such concerns, the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency has devised four alternatives… (more)
We attended the meeting and taped it. See Supervisor Chiu’s statement:
My favorite exchange of the evening, which pretty much sums it up why no one trusts the SFMTA – “How can you aim a tunnel if you don’t know where it is going?, Ed’s answer, “Great point.”

Fell-Oak Bikeway Plan Threatened By Lawsuit From Disability Activists

Thanks to Aaron Sankin for bringing our local issues with SFMTA to national attention. Hopefully stories like this will convince the politicians in Washington DC and Sacramento that the SFMTA is applauding itself in an empty room. Time to stop the flow of money into their projects while the citizens of San Francisco have a say about their plans. Are you listening Pelosi, Boxer and Feinstein? SF voters are not onboard with the SFMTA.
Read the Article at HuffingtonPost

SFMTA announced Community Meetings re: Northeast Mission Parking Management Plan

SFMTA just announced two meetings and promised to mail out notices to the neighborhoods. So far as of noon November 17, we have not received any notice.

download NEMBA flyer to print

This following information was taken off the SFMTA web site:
Link to the upcoming meeting with the MTA

The Community Meeting 1 – Northeast Mission Parking Management Plan
Thursday, November 29, 2012, 6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.
John O’Connell High School auditorium
2355 Folsom Street

The Community Meeting 2 – Northeast Mission Parking Management Plan
Saturday, January 19, 2013, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
John O’Connell High School gymnasium
2355 Folsom Street