Friday: SFMTA Board Considers Final Proposals for Muni TEP Service Changes

by : sf.streetsblog – excerpt

Service changes to 15 Muni lines are headed to the SFMTA Board of Directors for approval on Friday as part of the Transit Effectiveness Project. The proposals were revised through input at community meetings and approved by the board’s Policy and Governance Committee (PAG) last Friday. Many were fine-tuned largely to appease complaints from riders who would have to walk, at most, a few more blocks for more streamlined routes…

If you can’t make the City Hall board meeting on Friday at 8 a.m., you can weigh in on the proposals by emailing the SFMTA Board secretary at Here’s the list of proposed line changes from an SFMTA email: …

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MUNI Buses Headed Back to Mission St. Saturday

By Talal Ansari : – excerpt

After six months of extensive repairs, the Mission Street renovation is set to finish today, with Muni buses resuming their normal route along Mission Street tomorrow.
The $1.8 million project involved three city agencies and finished on time and within budget, said Department of Public Works (DPW) spokesman Alex Murillo….
The SFMTA used the rerouting as an opportunity to conduct street and online surveys to assess customer experiences, according to SFMTA transit communications manager Lulu Feliciano.
“I have heard from a few commuters that the route is actually quicker on its temporary route. While the route is quicker on South Van Ness, the extra turns and distance to get to South Van Ness makes the overall trip longer,” said Feliciano…
The city isn’t finished with its overhaul of Mission streets. Residents should brace for more projects in January 2013, including the 24th Street sewer and paving project, the Folsom Streetscape Project and the Cesar Chavez Streetscape.
Additional information on each of these projects can be found here(more)

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Prop. E to blame for Muni budget mess

Letters to the Editor : SFExaminer – excerpt

Before the creation of the SFMTA, the Muni and DPT were fiscally responsible for balancing their own budget. The creation of the SFMTA changed the playing field by allowing the Muni to use parking funds to help balance their budget. The SFMTA raised the bar one step further by capitalizing on The City’s “Transit-First Policy” which was intended “to make Muni a convenient alternative to automobiles.” The unwritten interpretation of “Transit-First Policy” is now to make Muni a convenient alternative to automobiles by increasing parking fees to make Muni a convenient alternative…I think I’m one of the few that recalls the DPT’s first priority was to ensure unrestricted traffic flow and generating revenue was secondary.

Thanks for reminding us about Props E and A. How the Supes handed broad powers and controls of over Muni finances to the SFMTA in the hope that they would fix Muni and balance the budget. We also know that SFMTA has failed miserably in that attempt, choosing to spend time, money and energy re-designing traffic and bus routes and installing expensive high tech systems for “calming traffic”  rather than deal with the low tech issues of managing a transit system.