SFMTA proceeds with purchase of new electric trolleys

by : sfexaminer – excerpt

San Francisco’s transit agency announced today that it is officially moving forward with the purchase of 60 new electric trolley buses, the first phase in replacing the aging fleet over the next few years.

The buses being retired were in service for more than two decades and accounted for 40 percent of systemwide delays, according to the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency.

Considered the backbone of Muni, the vehicles carry 200,000 riders daily on 14 lines, including 1-California, 5-Fulton, 14-Mission and 30-Stockton, which alone transports 32,000 passengers per day. More than 300 trolley buses, which operate greenhouse gas-free, are due for replacement.

“By investing in new, high-performing, quiet and green electric trolley vehicles, we are able to provide better options for moving around The City,” SFMTA Transportation Director Ed Reiskin said in a statement… (more)


Residents: Improve roads, bridges instead of bike path

By Kent Mallett : newarkadvocate – excerpt

NEWARK — A plan that may expand, connect and improve Licking County bike paths, and a survey about the trail system, drew the ire of a few residents at a transportation meeting Tuesday.

The residents spoke up at a Licking County Area Transportation Study committee meeting Tuesday at the Licking County Administration Building.

They questioned the use of transportation funds for a recreational resource while roads deteriorate, bridges crumble and the federal debt rises…

“A huge flaw in the survey is the assumption that bike paths are at the top of the taxpayers’ list of priorities,” DeRolf said.

She said the survey should have asked respondents to rank the important of bike paths versus roads and bridges.

The survey, DeRolf said, should have gauged support for bike path funding if it adds to the federal deficit, if it requires use of taxpayer dollars, if it increases the respondent’s taxes, and if it takes private property without the owner’s permission…

“A better way to achieve adequate and valid responses would be to place this issue on the ballot.”… (more)


Press Release


March 11, 2014 – Results of the “Transit Technology Survey” conducted by the San Francisco Interfaith Council (SFIC) challenge a core SF Municipal Transit Agency (SFMTA) policy assumption and call into question whether all San Franciscans have equal access to City services.

Disseminated by the SFIC to its 3,200 e-subscribers from February 5-26, 2014, congregation leaders were asked to make hard copies and administer the survey at the fellowship hour of their primary worship service to ensure that all in attendance could participate.  Completed forms were returned to the SFIC by post, compiled, tabulated and analyzed.

Twenty-three congregations in all but one supervisorial district participated. 601 congre-gants from eleven faith traditions responded.  67% of respondents travel to worship by automobile; 19% by public transit; 2% by bicycle and 12% walk.

Of the 558 who responded to the “age range” demographic question, 2.5% fell into the 18-24 age range; 12.5% in the 25-33 age range; 16% in the 34-44 age range; 20% in the 45 -54 age range, 25% in the 55 -65 age range; and 24% in the 66 or older age range.

Of those surveyed, only 17% claimed to have downloaded and use the SFMTA “Pay by Phone” application.  SFIC Executive Director Michael Pappas commented, “Congregation leaders who conducted the survey credit this dramatic disparity to the reality that many congregants lack the technical aptitude to download and utilize applications.  They also expressed concern that, as a result, more elderly and linguistically challenged congregants did not have equal access to City services, particularly in more vulnerable neighborhoods.”

19% of respondents expressed interest in learning more about SFMTA programs that promote options to take MUNI, bike and walk to worship services.

Pappas concluded “The interfaith community wholeheartedly supports multimodal transpor-tation, biking, walking and taking transit to worship services.  The ethical question for the SFMTA, raised by these findings, is whether the agency’s strategy for budget balancing should be based on technological barriers and the resulting parking tickets issued.  That just doesn’t seem right or fair.”.

Congregation leaders are encouraged to re-post this communique
on their social media, weekly bulletins, monthly newsletters
and share with their congregants from their pulpits.

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: http://www.sfinterfaithcouncil.org/

Michael G. Pappas, M.Div., Executive Director
San Francisco Interfaith Council
Interfaith Center at the Presidio
P.O. Box 29055
San Francisco, CA 94129
415.425.9631 (Cell)
415.474.1321 (Office)