by Jessica Kwong : sfexaminer – excerpt
A project aimed at increasing Muni’s reliability, reducing travel times, limiting overcrowding and enhancing vehicle and pedestrian safety could receive a big funding boost that would help it move through the environmental review process.
San Francisco County Transportation Authority board members on Tuesday will consider allocating $13.1 million in Proposition K funds to the proposed Transit Effectiveness Project for its preliminary engineering and detailed design.
Such work is required for up to 17 specific portions of the project, which include boarding island additions, traffic lane changes and route alignments.
The request seeks money from the Proposition K bus rapid transit and Muni metro network category, which provides funds for programs to create an integrated citywide network of reliable bus and light rail transit services, according to a staff report
“There are sufficient funds in the Capital Expenditures line item of the Transportation Authority’s approved Fiscal Year 2013/14 budget to cover the proposed action,” the report states… (more)
This is one of the most highly contested programs Muni has rolled out. TEP has angered more Muni riders than almost anything the SFMTA has done lately. Not that much has made them happy. This is Muni’s plan to move the vehicles around, cutting lines and leaving some neighborhoods with less transit, while doubling up service in others. If you object, get your written objections in soon.