The $2.2 billion Transbay Transit Center has long been envisioned as the Grand Central Station of the west — but is presently referred to derisively as San Francisco’s billion-dollar bus stop after structural problems shut it down shortly after its 2018 opening. This morning, its board voted to extend and increase the contract for its longtime program manager, URS Corporation.
By a 6-1 vote of the Transbay Joint Power Authority Board of Directors, with only Matt Haney dissenting, the board picked up an option to extend URS’ present agreement through June of 2024, and to increase its budget by $14.6 million to a max of $50.6 million.
“They’ve been working on this project for a while, and some things have not gone well,” Haney noted prior to the vote… (more)
That is an understatement. The SF Board of Supervisors is sticking to a plan to do something about the failed transit system that is misspending tax-payer dollars and the Trans Bay Terminal is a poster child for that. No surprise that the district supervisor would not support a business as usual model in his district.
The board that oversees all aspects of transportation in San Francisco — from Muni buses to e-scooters to parking — is set to lose nearly half of its seven members next week.
So far, the Board of Supervisors has declined to reappoint one member and has postponed hearings to confirm another nominee. With a third director set to retire on Wednesday, the board will be down to four members, just enough to have a quorum to vote.
“If one of us is absent, then everything screeches to a halt,” said Director Cheryl Brinkman. She and others were chagrined to see the board all but gutted, at a moment when the transportation agency is grappling with COVID-19 — and hemorrhaging money.
With the coronaviruspandemic and economic shutdown, the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency will have to make quick, pivotal decisions on how to enforce social distancing, when to reopen Muni Metro light rail, what rules to impose regarding face coverings and whether to expand its Slow Streets program of closing roadways to car traffic. If a person has to miss a meeting because of work or illness, the board would be hobbled… (more)
Supervisors are putting the SFMTA Board on notice that their party is over. SFMTA Directors are on shaky ground after raising fares. Putting a hold on appointments is the first step. Next comes the budget and the threat of a Charter Amendment on the November ballot. YIMBYs need to be told that transit is no longer rich and their services are not essential.