Warriors fans, concert-goers can ride Muni for free to Chase Center

By Jim Harrington : mercury news – excerpt

Event tickets double as Muni tickets

Fans will be able to ride Muni for free to games, concerts and special events at San Francisco’s Chase Center, the new home of the Golden State Warriors which opens in September.

The new program, aimed at reducing car traffic congestion and boosting public-transit ridership for Chase Center events, was announced July 24 by San Francisco mayor London Breed as a partnership between the Warriors and the the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA).

It’s called a “Transit Bundling” program, in which Chase Center event tickets double as Muni tickets for event patrons. The Warriors are footing the tab for the program… (more)

Wait till you see the prices on the Chase Center tickets. No one paying thousands of dollars for a ticket will care about a free Muni day pass. SF should offer the free passes to everyone else that day for having to deal with the traffic disaster. They will be the ones losing out as their buses are re-routed to make room for the wealthy who can best afford to pay.

Potrero Bus Yard May be Next Stop for Housing

By Michael Iacuessa : potreroview – excerpt

In the face of sky-high construction costs and ongoing housing shortages, the San Francisco Municipal Transit Agency (SFMTA) wants to partner with a private developer to build upwards of 800 homes at its Potrero Yard when the bus facility is reconstructed over the next ten years…

“They are in the process of trying to determine what sort of project they are going to try to push for,” said J.R. Eppler, who represents the Potrero Boosters on the working group.

The housing concept puts the agency in uncharted territory. In the 2017 hiring contract for a consultant, Hatch Associates, to evaluate the viability of the idea, SFMTA noted it’d never “undertaken a public private partnership of this magnitude, and there appear to be few precedents in the United States for a combined bus yard/joint development facility.” What’s more, SFMTA hasn’t identified another instance anywhere in the world in which residences have been co-located with a bus station…

The bus facility is expected to need 70 feet for the first three stories; two stories currently exist. SFMTA has suggested adding as much as eight levels of housing above that.

Mary Haywood Sheeter, a working group member who represents Friends of Franklin Square, said residents are worried about potential park darkening

Over the summer SFMTA intends to explore the necessary elements for the bus facility itself. “We want to answer questions about what Muni is doing in the building versus what other things might be on the site,” said Iberri. “We haven’t really talked about that.” She said the agency will offer public tours of the complex this month. “It will help us make the case for why we need to do it. It’s an old building so it tells the story pretty well of why we need to rebuild.”… (more)