SF exploring ways to regulate ride services like Uber, Lyft

by : sfexaminer – excerpt

As many as 4,000 rideshare vehicles are on San Francisco streets during peak times, according to Supervisor Eric Mar.

San Francisco city officials are exploring whether they have legal authority to regulate transportation services such as Uber or Lyft as the taxicab industry continues to complain about impacts to revenue, safety and disability services.

Supervisor John Avalos said Thursday that he is working with the City Attorney’s Office to explore a legal case for imposing certain local regulations.

“We’ve gotten to almost a crisis mode,” Avalos said. “We cannot let [the taxicab] industry fail.”

The so-called transportation network companies emerged out of a movement known as the sharing or peer economy, even though nothing is technically shared since the services cost money. Their growing popularity has created controversy, including with the traditional taxicab industry, which is held to stricter regulatory controls… (more)

Report: Muni travels slower, costs more to operate than peer cities’ transit

: sfexaminer – excerpt

A new report from the City Controller’s Office compares Muni service with systems in San Jose, Seattle, and elsewhere.

Muni vehicles travel at a slower average speed and have higher operating costs, despite having lower fares than transit services in 10 metropolitan areas, a recently released report has found.

The “benchmarking” report from the San Francisco controller’s office released Thursday compares the performances and costs of San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency light-rail, bus and trolley bus services with cities including San Jose, Seattle, Houston, Dallas and Minneapolis.

Data included the average speed and number of passengers served per mile in each of the systems; the reported indicated Muni vehicles travel at a slower average rate.

“Each time the bus stops to board or alight passengers, it experiences a delay, which reduced the average speed of the bus,” the report states. “This effect likely contributes to SFMTA’s lower average speeds.”… (more)



Muni kicks F-Line fare hike to the curb

By Jerold Chinn : sfbay – excerpt

The idea to increase the Muni F-Market & Wharves historic streetcars fare by as much $6 has derailed.
Since the plan was first introduced a possible revenue generator at a San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency board meeting last month, it has received negative feedback from riders and city supervisors. SFMTA board members were also not a fan of the idea.
Ed Reiskin, director of transportation, said at a SFMTA meeting Friday: “I don’t plan on advancing that recommendation.”… (more)