Bilingual Community Meeting for 16th St Red Lanes!
Tuesday, May 7th from 5:30pm- 8pm @474 Valencia
Latino Democratic Club is leading a community workshop on May 7th to discuss the impact of red lanes in the Mission and why it should be removed.
As you may know, the red transit lanes in San Francisco’s Mission District are causing confusion for drivers. The data shows red lanes in the Mission District reinforces gentrification and hurt small businesses.
The MTA has decided to move forward with the rollout of Red Lanes on 16th St, using a federal grant the City applied for and with survey data from 2014. The community has an opportunity to come out and speak on the Red Lanes being put onto 16th St. We need a strong turnout to ensure the community input is heard. Details: Date: May 7th Time: 5:30pm-8:00pm Location: 474 Valencia (Auditorium) We look forward to seeing you. Kindly, LDC Eboard.
STOP THE PRIVATE USE OF RED LANES
By private corporate entities that are fighting to control our public streets. RED LANES for public transit only.
If this concerns you, Join us on Monday, December 3 at 1:30 PM at City Hall. Land Use and Transportation Committee.
If you haven’t had a chance to submit a letter opposing allowing private buses (tour buses, casino buses, Chariots, Academy of Art University buses, and tech shuttle buses among others), a template letter with email addresses is below. The file # is 180876.
San Francisco Board of Supervisors
San Francisco City Hall, Room 240
1 Dr. Carlton Goodlett Plaza
SF, CA 94102
NAME OF ORGANIZATION opposes opening transit-only lanes to private, for-profit buses such as tech shuttle buses, casino buses, tour buses, Chariots, and other vehicles that we cannot yet imagine, without any study to show such permission won’t harm MUNI and without compensation to the City for the use of a scarce public resource (city streets).
A system of comprehensive, affordable public transportation is part of our City’s effort to combat income inequality and climate change. Muni offers discount fares to seniors, the disabled, low-income people and youth. Federal law also requires Muni to serve all neighborhoods and demographics equitably — unlike private services. Moreover, as of 2015 Muni used less than two percent of all the energy consumed in San Francisco for transportation, making expanded public transportation an ideal option for reducing the City’s total carbon emissions.
Dedicated, transit-only lanes are a part of that system, and for years the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) has promoted the creation of transit-only lanes as projects to improve Muni performance. In fact, the first improvement item listed as part of the Geary Rapid Project is, “Red, dedicated transit lanes to reduce unpredictable delays.”
Additionally, San Francisco’s population is projected to increase. Ridership on the Geary corridor alone is expected to go from the current average daily count of 54,000 to up to 99,000, according to the Geary BRT environmental impact report. How will the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency be able to expand its fleet of public buses to meet growing demand if its public buses are competing for dedicated lane space with private, for-profit vehicles?
Moreover state and local law prohibit access to these lanes by private, for-profit buses. State law defines a “transit bus” as a “any bus owned or operated by a publicly owned or operated transit system …” (CVC I.A.642) It logically follows that transit-only lanes are for transit vehicles. The Board of Supervisors has also passed an ordinance (Section 7.2.72) forbidding the operation of “a vehicle or any portion of a vehicle within … a transit-only area.” The SFMTA Board of Directors does not have the authority to pass contradictory legislation.
We call on the Board of Supervisors to assert its power and reaffirm that transit-only lanes are for public transit only vehicles.
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