City should keep bus line

By sfexaminer – excerpt

“S.F. General faces parking crisis,” The City, Feb. 18, City should keep bus line – On the subject of transit access to San Francisco General Hospital and the shortages it is facing, your reporter stated: “Efforts will also be made to expand bicycle and public-transit access.”

May I bring to your attention the fact that in the last few weeks, the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency in public meetings has announced its intention to eliminate direct service on the 33-Stanyan bus line from the Richmond and Mission to General Hospital, a proposal residents overwhelmingly oppose.

The 33 is a crucial bus line, a vital link between the west and eastsides of town. It must not be dismantled so that poorly trained bureaucrats can justify wasting precious taxpayer dollars.

Clearly this does not indicate any expansion of public transit to General Hospital, but the opposite, and more reason to believe that the SFMTA is a grossly mismanaged agency that badly needs overhauling and a clean sweep of its corrupt board of directors.

Is the SFMTA telling The San Francisco Examiner one thing and the public the opposite?

– Nick Pasquariello, San Francisco

As I walked back from the BART station after attending the MTA Board meeting I watched a couple of buses pass by. The 55 had maybe 10 people in it. It was followed closely by the 33 line. That no had a few more people but was by no means full. Comparing that the the BART with standing room only at around 5 PM, I wonder why the rush hour buses are so much less crowded than BART.

Pedestrian, Bicycle Plan Approved For 20-Blocks Of San Francisco’s Polk Street

cbslocal – excerpt

SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency unanimously approved a pedestrian and bicycle improvement plan Tuesday that will span 20 blocks of Polk Street.

The project drew dozens of San Francisco residents, including bicycle and pedestrian advocates supporting the project and residents and businesses concerned about the loss of parking and vehicle access.

Numerous cyclists who spoke during the public comment period said they felt scared traveling on Polk Street and urged the board to approve a protected bike lane in both directions.

The plan approved by the board today includes bike lanes that are not completely separated from traffic… (more)

 

Wiener to SFMTA: Google bus pilot program should consider fair wages, working conditions

By sfexaminer – excerpt

When granting permits to “Google bus”-style corporate shuttles, The City should measure a shuttle provider’s “labor harmony.”

That’s the idea behind a resolution Supervisor Scott Wiener said he plans to introduce at the Board of Supervisors meeting Tuesday, in a move dovetailing the growing unionization of corporate commuter shuttle providers.

The resolution urges the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency specifically to consider “the extent to which an applicant can assure Labor Harmony in its operations” when granting an application for a company to take part in the commuter shuttle pilot program. Under the program, tech company commuter shuttles are allowed legal use of nearly 200 Muni stops and a handful of white-zone curbs… (more)

SFMTA Approves Residential Parking Permit Areas For Alamo Square, Panhandle

CBS – excerpt

SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency’s board of directors on Tuesday unanimously approved the creation of a residential parking permit area in the neighborhoods surrounding Alamo Square Park and the Panhandle.

The plan was approved despite concerns expressed by residents at Tuesday’s meeting that the permit harms faith-based organizations and low-income residents, among others.

Residents who opposed the residential parking permit for the neighborhood, referred to as Area Q, said during a public comment period at the meeting at City Hall Tuesday that charging residents to park their vehicles is unfair to those who cannot afford to pay the $110 a year to keep a permit… (more)