Voice your thoughts on billion-dollar SFMTA budget

By Jerold Chinn : sfbay – excerpt

CUT THE CAPITAL IMPROVEMENT PROJECTS!

The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency is inviting the public this month and in April to give public feedback on its preliminary two-year, billion-dollar operating and capital budget.

Transit officials will hold two open houses on March 23 and 26 and also a webinar on March 21 for those who cannot attend the open houses. Both open houses will be at the SFMTA headquarters at One South Van Ness Avenue on the second floor.

Next week, the public can also attend public hearing of the budget at the SFMTA’s Board of Directors meeting on Tuesday at City Hall.

The transit agency will discuss many topics including a proposed premium fare for Muni riders who pay cash, increasing the monthly adult Muni Fast Pass with BART access beyond the automatic fare indexing and paying premium for using the Muni express routes.

As reported by SFBay, Clipper cash users would continue paying $2.25 in 2017, but cash users would pay $2.50. Cash fares will also rise again in 2018 by 25 cents due to automatic indexing of fares. The adult Muni Fast Pass with BART access could cost $91 next year.

Also, the transit agency is proposing higher fines and parking fees in its two-year budget. The proposed revenue generators will help curb the transit agency’s projected shortfall of $13.5 million in 2017 and $14.3 million in 2018…

Anyone not able to attend any of the meeting can also submit emails to the SFMTA at sfmtabudget@sfmta.com(more)

Public SFMTA Budget Meetings:

  • March 15, 2016
    SFMTA Board of Directors Meeting
    City Hall, Room 400
    1 p.m.
  • March 23, 2016
    SFMTA Budget Open House
    One South Van Ness Avenue, second floor
    6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
  • 

March 26, 2016
    SFMTA Budget Open House
    One South Van Ness Avenue, second floor
    11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • 
April 5, 2016
    SFMTA Board of Directors Meeting
    City Hall, Room 400
    1 p.m.

Tell them to curtail their capital expenditures for a couple of years and they won’t need to increase fares and fees. Give everybody a break. Lay off the planners and complete streets staff. Get back to the business of managing the Muni for the people who need it. Quit cutting service so more people can take it.

SF Planning Commission Officially Prioritizes Humans over Cars

by : sfstreetsblog – excerpt

Late last week, the San Francisco Planning Commission unanimously adopted a resolution to replace “Level of Service” (LOS) with “Vehicle Miles Traveled” (VMT). That’s bureaucratese for measuring a project’s overall effect on moving people, instead of just counting automobiles. As explained in a previous post, environmental law has long forced transportation planners to grade projects by how they impact traffic flow. “This will streamline California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) review for projects that are designed to encourage public transit, promote pedestrian safety and help reduce the need for traveling long distances by car,” said John Rahaim, Director of San Francisco Planning, in an official release. “We are pleased to be the first city in California to adopt these new guidelines.”

LOS often jammed up projects such as bike and transit lanes, which–arguably–reduce the number of cars that flow through a given area by taking lane space, but increase the number of people who can get from A to B. In short, the new rules, in the process of being adopted at the state level, make it so something as benign as a bike lane doesn’t trigger an expensive and time consuming environmental review… (more)