Bay Area bus service lagging despite highway congestion, BART overcrowding

By Erin Baldassari : eastbaytimes – excerpt

OAKLAND — There are more people than ever on the Bay Area’s roads and rails. But despite the region’s booming economy and population growth, there are actually fewer people taking public transit today than there were two decades ago – a fact that might come as a surprise to BART passengers sardined into train cars each morning…

It isn’t riders who abandoned buses, it’s buses that abandoned riders, said Christian Peeples, president of AC Transit’s Board of Directors…

Erin Baldassari covers transportation. Contact her at 510-208-6428, or follow her at Twitter.com/@e_baldi… (more)

People don’t want to be sardined. Removing bus stops and seats is not the answer. The solution is to make the buses more comfortable and more convenient. Join with the millions of riders who demand better Muni service. Support the Charter Amendment and demand a new MTA Board and new policies and procedures. Write your supervisors and demand that they put a hold on the SFMTA budget until the SFMTA board agrees to these demands. Sample letter is here: https://discoveryink.wordpress.com/letters-and-comments/3318-2/

 

 

SF Budget: Better Muni and Vision Zero…But November Tax Has to Pass

by : sf.streetsblog – excerpt

San Francisco Mayor Edwin Lee released his 455-page budget proposal on Tuesday. It includes $9.6 billion in fiscal year 2016-17  for transportation, police officers, and street cleaning, a $700 million increase in funds. The fiscal year runs from July 1 of this year until June 30 of next year.

The transportation section runs from pages 315 to 322–here are some highlights:

The proposed budget includes an additional $15 million in FY 2016-17 and $62.2 million in FY 2017-18 in new transportation funding. Once fully implemented in FY 2017-18, these investments will provide $28.7 million for Muni fleet, infrastructure upgrades, and transit optimization, $9.6 million for equity and affordability initiatives, $14.3 million to support regional transit projects and fleet needs, and $9.6 million to fully fund street safety projects that are consistent with the City’s Vision Zero policy.

Lee was presenting the budget as a step forward for the city’s transit programs and safety initiatives.

“The result is the SFMTA’s first-ever $1 billion operating budget to improve transit performance and reliability. The SFMTA operates the nation’s eighth largest public transit system and it serves every neighborhood,” said Lee in his Proposed Balanced Budget Speech, on Tuesday…

The ability to grow the budget is due to the strong economy. However, the mayor’s proposal also depends on a sales tax increase to balance the budget. “It is budgeted on the assumption that a half-cent tax for transportation will pass this November,” said Wiener. “It includes $105 million a year for roads, Muni, capital investment, support for BART vehicles, and for street safety improvements.”

An increase in sales taxes as they are removing bus stops and bus seats is the biggest insult so far to the Muni riders. If this is SFMTA’s idea of a friendly Muni I hate to think what their idea of an unfriendly Muni looks like.

Removing bus stops was bad enough because people are forced to walk longer distances carrying carrying their packages than they were previously. Now they are forced to walk longer distances carrying loads and then stand for long periods of time with their packages, on moving vehicles? And they want to charge extra for using cash to pay to ride the Muni. Where do they stop harassing us?

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This is a model BART car with a single seat on one side and a double of the other.

This is not right. This is why we need to pass the Charter Amendment and replace the MTA Board with people who understand the needs of human beings.
Write your supervisors. Sample letters are here: https://discoveryink.wordpress.com/letters-and-comments/3318-2/

 

Our SFMTA Gives Itself a Raise

sfcitizen – excerpt

Residential Parking Permits to Cost $127 Per Year, a 14% Increase – Yowzer

The higher cost of “free” parking:

But actually, you’re not paying for parking, you’re paying to prevent other people from parking where you want to park…(more)

So that is what the geniuses at SFMTA came up with after wasting our time at neighborhood meetings to find how how the public wants to improve the permitted parking program. This gives us one more reason to vote for the Charter Amendment to change the makeup of the MTA Board. Send in your letters of support to the Supervisors. Sample letter is here:
https://discoveryink.wordpress.com/letters-and-comments/3318-2/