By: Will Reisman : San Francisco Examiner – excerpt
A new loading zone set to be carved out for private shuttles on Van Ness Avenue could be a sign of things to come, as The City prepares to deal with the ever-growing number of unregulated buses.
Van Ness Avenue has become the center of conflicts between Muni vehicles and private shuttles, which scoop up workers in San Francisco and carry them to jobs on the Peninsula and in Silicon Valley. The shuttles often pick up workers at stops designated for Muni vehicles, leading to public transit delays.
To address those concerns, the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency, which manages Muni, has proposed adding an 80-foot boarding zone specifically for private shuttle vehicles on Van Ness Avenue. The proposed site, located in front of an old gas station near Union Street, will be voted on today… (more)