BART Wants To Crack Down On People Parking In Coliseum Station Lot For Oracle, O.co Events

OAKLAND (CBS SF) — BART wants to crack down on people using the parking lot at its Oakland Coliseum station as free parking for events at the O.co Coliseum and Oracle arena and may soon charge as much as $30 during events there.

The BART Board of Directors will take up a policy at its meeting Thursday to charge between $7 and $30 on an event-by-event basis, BART officials said… (more)

Way to go BART. Make it more expensive for people to take BART and they will just drive. They should at least wait until after they run their request for more money to expand the system. The voters just might turn you down next time you want more sales tax for your next expansion program. Or have you paid any attention to the new anti-tax movement by the disenfranchised former middle class?

SFMTA to consider changes to ‘Google bus’ program

By : sfexaminer – excerpt

Protesters block two buses, transporting workers to Facebook and Yahoo in Silicon Valley, at the corner of Valencia and 24th streets on Tuesday.

The future of the “Google bus” program may no longer include the use of Muni stops — instead pointing the commuter shuttles toward hubs in the downtown area and elsewhere, according to legislation introduced Tuesday at the Board of Supervisors.

After two weeks of negotiations, seven supervisors supported a resolution calling on the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency Board of Directors to approve the commuter shuttle program for one year, with key provisions resulting from a tentative deal reached during talks this week between stakeholders.

The provisions would set the stage for modifying the program, possibly within six months.

Among the provisions is the analysis of disallowing commuter shuttles to use Muni bus stops citywide. Instead, the shuttles would use hubs, such as parking lots in the South of Market Area, and commuters could take public transit to those hubs. Another provision would require a review of the program within six months.

The transit agency is expected to take up the issue on Feb. 16, according to SFMTA spokesman Paul Rose. “We look forward to working with both boards, the community and other stakeholders to finalize an effective and responsible commuter shuttle plan,” Rose said.

If the brokered deal is ultimately agreed upon, the environmental appeal filed by SEIU 1021, a labor union with 6,000 members, would be dismissed by the Board of Supervisors on Feb. 23. The appeal has forced the negotiation.

A formal commitment from those involved in the negotiations — including technology companies Apple, Google, Facebook and Genentech, as well as the Bay Area Council — remains outstanding on some aspects and talks are expected to continue.

Those supporting the resolution included board President London Breed, along with supervisors David Campos, Jane Kim, Norman Yee, Aaron Peskin, John Avalos and Eric Mar… (more)

 

 

Transbay Transit Center’s finance boss lives in Colorado

By Matier & Ross : sfchronicle – excerpt

For the past 2½ years, the chief financial officer for the Transbay Transit Center — one of the biggest and most financially troubled public building projects in the region — has been working from her home in Colorado and flying to and from San Francisco for meetings on the public dime… (more)

No wonder they broke. You would think they could hire some local talent for the job.

New plan for M-Ocean View subway line unveiled

By : sfexaminer – excerpt

By moving the M-Ocean View subway line underground, Muni hopes to avoid delays and decrease travel times.

Nearly 45 years ago, Muni trains boldly went where no San Francisco train had gone before: underground.

That underground network travels underneath Market Street and Twin Peaks. But there it stops.

Trains west of those hills unearth at West Portal Station, mixing with cars, pedestrians and more. Planners say that slows the subway systemwide.

“I think we built half a rapid transit system,” Liz Brisson, told the San Francisco Examiner, “now we need to build the other half.”…

The train would remain underground through the rest of its route to Parkmerced.

The previous plan ran the train underground mainly underneath 19th Avenue, but not at West Portal or at the line’s end by Parkmerced.

“This is a dramatic increase in the scope of the project,” Brisson said.

It’s also a dramatic increase in cost. The project is estimated to run $2.5 billion to $3 billion. The last time San Francisco ventured to build a new train tunnel of this magnitude was the Central Subway, the hotly contested linkage between Union Square and Chinatown…

That future may be far off. Right now, the project is in the “pre-environmental study” phase, according to the SFMTA…(more)