Sean Cronin : sfmta – excerpt
More than 40 people joined us last week for a walking tour of the Van Ness Improvement Project to learn about the transit and safety improvements expected to break ground this spring on Van Ness Avenue between Mission and North Point streets.
Attendees got the chance to discuss details with SFMTA staff and compare existing conditions with renderings showing the vision for Van Ness with improvements for pedestrian safety, Bus Rapid Transit with center-running transit-only lanes, new trees and more.
The one-mile tour began outside SFMTA headquarters at Van Ness and Market Street. At intersections like Mission, McAllister, Grove and Hayes streets, we explained safety improvements like sidewalk extensions, pedestrian countdown signals, better street lighting and more visible traffic signals… (more)
At a time when the transportation budget is being slashed, one wonders why these projects are going through. Who is setting the spending priorites? Certainly not the taxpaying public who keeps voting to fix potholes and keeps getting everything else. Certainly not the Muni riders, complaining loudly over bus stop reductions. Not the merchants screaming about the traffic and parking problems that are killing their businesses.