Shelter squabble threatens Van Ness BRT

By Jerold Chinn : sfbay – excerpt

key federal grant for San Francisco’s Van Ness Bus Rapid Transit project could be in jeopardy.

A letter dated Oct. 27 sent from the Federal Transit Administration said the project is danger of not qualifying for the FTA’s Small Starts grant program because of recent design element changes to the Van Ness Avenue project.

The letter from the FTA’s regional administrator Leslie T. Rogers explains that the recent changes to the project to not include a canopy or roof-type transit shelters to protect riders from weather elements will disqualify the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency from receiving funding from the FTA program.

he transit agency said it had anticipated receive up to $75 million to help pay for the bus rapid transit project along the Van Ness Avenue corridor… (more)

This is a slightly dated article, but worth looking into for anyone who objects to the Van Ness BRT project. So far it has been slowed down by unmapped underground pipes and perhaps funding shortfalls might delay the project long enough to put a stop or alter it.

 

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