Arts Commission won’t block BRT over shelters

By Jerold Chinn : SFbay – excerpt

he San Francisco Arts Commission will not impede The City’s transportation agency from moving forward with the Van Ness Bus Rapid Transit project and the Clear Channel Outdoor, Inc. transit shelters originally opposed by commissioners.

Commissioner Cass Calder Smith, who is the chair of the commission’s Civic Design Review Committee, which opposed the shelters being used for the project, said in a statement to SFBay Monday:…

The SFMTA board will take up the parking the changes related to the Van Ness Bus Rapid Transit project at its meeting on Tuesday at 1 p.m. in Room 400, City Hall….  (more)

Not that we thought they could, but… they won’t try.

By the way, the live feed of the meeting appears to be down today. What is up with that?

Shelter squabble threatens Van Ness BRT

By Jerold Chinn : sfbay – excerpt

key federal grant for San Francisco’s Van Ness Bus Rapid Transit project could be in jeopardy.

A letter dated Oct. 27 sent from the Federal Transit Administration said the project is danger of not qualifying for the FTA’s Small Starts grant program because of recent design element changes to the Van Ness Avenue project.

The letter from the FTA’s regional administrator Leslie T. Rogers explains that the recent changes to the project to not include a canopy or roof-type transit shelters to protect riders from weather elements will disqualify the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency from receiving funding from the FTA program.

he transit agency said it had anticipated receive up to $75 million to help pay for the bus rapid transit project along the Van Ness Avenue corridor… (more)

This is a slightly dated article, but worth looking into for anyone who objects to the Van Ness BRT project. So far it has been slowed down by unmapped underground pipes and perhaps funding shortfalls might delay the project long enough to put a stop or alter it.