New SFO Passenger Pick-Up Policy Causing Confusion For Travelers, Uber And Lyft Drivers

By Anne Makovec : cbslocal – excerpt

SAN FRANCISCO (KPIX) – Passengers arriving at SFO’s domestic terminal are being picked up by Uber and Lyft drivers at a new location after a policy change went into effect at the airport earlier this week.

San Francisco International Airport officials announced the plan in late April. The policy that commenced on June 3rd has created some confusion for travelers.

The change has sent all of the ride-hailing app pickups — about 15,000 a day — to one of three locations in the domestic parking garage. There are letters serving as meeting spots for drivers and riders and signs showing the way, in addition to information provided on the apps… (more)

Board of Supervisors Unanimously Approves Steve Heminger to San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency Board of Directors

New Releasefrom Mayor London N. Breed – Tuesday, June 04, 2019

Heminger, who was nominated to the SFMTA Board by Mayor London Breed, is the former head of the Metropolitan Transportation Commission and brings decades of experience in local and regional transportation, which will help guide the search for a new SFMTA Director

San Francisco, CA — The Board of Supervisors today unanimously approved Steve Heminger to serve on the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) Board of Directors. Heminger previously served as Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) Executive and was nominated to the SFMTA Board of Directors by Mayor London Breed. Heminger will help lead the SFMTA Board in their search for a new Director of Transportation.

“Steve Heminger’s experience at the Metropolitan Transportation Commission and his expertise in transportation policy will support the SFMTA Board’s efforts to improve our public transportation system and make our streets safer for all users,” said Mayor Breed. “The Board has a lot of work ahead of it as they search for a new Director of Transportation, and I am confident that his leadership will help find the right person to lead the SFMTA for years to come.”

Heminger led the MTC for 18 years before retiring earlier this year. He is well-regarded as a transportation expert and brings decades of experience working with the SFMTA and regional transportation partners. During his time at the MTC, he was responsible for administering over $2 billion per year in funding for the operation, maintenance and expansion of the Bay Area’s surface transportation network. Under an interagency agreement with the Association of Bay Area Governments, Heminger and his executive team provided staffing services to that organization as well.

“San Francisco has no shortage of transportation challenges, but I am confident we can improve,” said Heminger. “I thank Mayor Breed for the opportunity to bring my regional experience to bear on making it easier for my fellow residents to move around town.”

Heminger was appointed by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to serve on the National Surface Transportation Policy and Revenue Study Commission, which helped chart the future course for the federal transportation program. As Chairman of the Toll Bridge Program Oversight Committee, Heminger also oversaw construction of the new East Span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge – at the time, the largest transportation project in California history. He has served as a member of numerous boards of directors over the course of his 35-year career, including for the Transportation Research Board, Mineta Transportation Institute, Association of Metropolitan Planning Organizations, Californians for Better Transportation, and the International Bridge, Tunnel and Turnpike Association.

Heminger received his Master of Arts degree from the University of Chicago and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Georgetown University. His first meeting on the Board of Directors will be on June 18th.

City speeds up approval process for new bike lanes, road safety improvements

By Rachel Swan : sfchronicle – excerpt

With traffic fatalities soaring in San Francisco, transportation officials are ready to scrap the old political process that held up construction of bike lanes and other safety measures.

On Tuesday the city’s main transit board approved a new “quick build” policy, which allows planners at San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency to submit a list of urgent projects, and get them all signed off at once…

The goal: cut through a bureaucratic morass that slowed projects for months — sometimes years. Historically, planners and engineers had to seek legislative approval every time they wanted to change one detail of a project, be it a red zone, or a right turn, or the removal of a parking space. Then came the challenge of securing a construction contract… (more)