Making up for a lost generation of Muni improvements

By and : sfexaminer – excerpt

Around Potrero Hill, buses sleep, but they hardly run.
There are two Muni yards in the Mission near Potrero Avenue and two more in Dogpatch. Buses, trolleys and streetcars return to these yards after lumbering for hours throughout
San Francisco.

With all this metal resting nightly around our neighborhoods, one would think it would be relatively simple to improve transit service on this side of town, especially in the midst
of the current building boom in Potrero Hill, Dogpatch, SoMa and Mission Bay.

But instead, east side residents have had to ponder a riddle over the last two decades: How do you accommodate so many new residents, many without parking, while failing to expand transit?…

The Potrero Boosters Neighborhood Association, in our efforts to design a community-serving public shuttle, identified significant unmet transit demand among this precise route. We know that a complete 11 route would have the residential, commercial and employment density necessary to fill the buses.

The SFMTA has the same data we do about our neighborhoods’ explosive growth and ridership potential. But so far, the 11 route is still designed to die in Mission Bay.

The City and the Warriors are getting well-deserved public pressure to fully plan for the local transit and traffic impacts of their proposed arena, welcoming up to 17,000 people a night for up to 200 nights a year.

Around Potrero Hill, we are bracing for a similar amount of new residents and workers each and every day and night of the year. The neighborhoods need a full-court press for transit and traffic planning, just like the Warriors do.

Over the last two decades, there has been a lost generation of potential Muni improvements for The City’s eastern neighborhoods, even as those same neighborhoods absorb the overwhelming majority of San Francisco’s growth.

The City has a chance right now to begin correcting this longstanding failure, and all it has to do is accept the solutions being handed to it by the neighborhoods.

J.R. Eppler is president, and Tony Kelly is vice president, of the Potrero Boosters Neighborhood Association...(more)

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