Muni apologizes for systemwide failures

By : curbed – excerpt

Hundreds of service hours have lapsed citywide this summer

Muni service—which has never enjoyed a resounding reputation even at the best of times—has gotten so spotty and unreliable lately that SFMTA published an apology to riders Thursday. The agency vows to shore up weaknesses in the strained and struggling transit network. This comes one the heels of a report by Mission Local detailing how the city’s transit service failed miserably this year.

“Muni service in the past few months has been performing below our 98.5 percent service goal,” the public message reads. “We apologize and want to let you know what we’re doing about it.”

The service goal mentioned here is actually part of the City Charter, which specifies that “98.5 percent of scheduled [Muni] service hours must be delivered, and at least 98.5 percent of scheduled vehicles must begin service at the scheduled time.”… (more)

Please let the Mayor and the Board of Supervisors know if you are fed up and demand a change at the SFMTA. ENUF ALREADY! Apology for being the worst, most boastful, incompetent, breast-pumping, annoying, overpaid, disgusting, overbearing, least reliable city agency in San Francisco, NOT ACCEPTED! There is no solution other than a complete overhaul and new management that will heel the bad blood between the public and the SFMTA. There is no place to hide the mistakes and mismanagement of the most expensive city agency that can do no right.

Supes Committee Approves Union Square Central Subway Plan

By Dan McMenamin : Bay City News – excerpt

,,, The board’s Land Use and Economic Development committee this afternoon unanimously agreed to send the proposal to the full Board of Supervisors as part of the $1.6 billion San Francisco Municipal Railway project linking the city’s South of Market neighborhood to Chinatown.
The vote comes after SaveMuni.com, a group opposing the project, filed a lawsuit last Wednesday arguing that construction on Union Square violated a clause in the city charter that requires voter approval of any structure built and maintained on park property for non-recreational purposes.
Some of the opponents spoke at this afternoon’s committee hearing at City Hall, including Tom Lippe, the attorney representing SaveMuni.com.
Lippe said the clause requiring voter approval for the project is “about as plain as the law gets” but “for some reason has been ignored” by city officials… (more)

S.F. Central Subway subject of suit

By Michael Cabanatuan : sfgate.com – excerpt

A day before federal transportation officials are expected to give $942.2 million to the controversial Central Subway, opponents of the project on Wednesday filed suit to stop construction of a station with a Union Square entrance.
The lawsuit, filed by subway critics Save Muni, is the latest, and so far most aggressive, effort to stall or kill construction of the 1.7-mile subway from Caltrain to Chinatown. The suit contends that the Municipal Transportation Agency’s plans to build an entrance to the Union Square/Market Street station in the square violated a City Charter prohibition of nonrecreational uses in city parks. It seeks to force the Municipal Transportation Agency to move the station or put its location to a public vote… (more)

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Suit filed against S.F. Central Subway project
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SF Receives $942M For Central Subway Amid Lawsuit By Opponents

Recreation and Park Commission approves Central Subway station design

By: Will Reisman : sfexaminer.com – excerpt

A controversial design plan for the Central Subway’s Union Square station was approved Thursday, but opponents of the project said lawsuits could be coming as a result of the decision.
Because the station will sit on park property, the Recreation and Park Commission was required to sign off on the plan. The commission did so unanimously in the latest hurdle cleared for the $1.6 billion Muni project that will extend underground Metro service from South of Market to Chinatown…
Save Muni, a group long opposed to the Central Subway, has argued that the Union Square station violates aspects of the City Charter, which stipulates that structures on park property must have a recreational purpose. A 59-foot-long transit station does not meet those needs, according to Jerry Cauthen of Save Muni…
The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency, which operates Muni, will hear back next month on its $942 million federal grant application for the Central Subway… (more)

Opponents of Central Subway Have New Delay Tactic: Union Square Station Deemed Illegal

By Jay Barmann : sfist.com – excerpt

Another day, another challenge to the Central Subway project, which is literally minutes from getting back underway along the Stockton corridor and up by Union Square. Earlier this week we heard about North Beach merchants and their upcoming lawsuit over the MTA’s plans to close half of Columbus Avenue and generally muck up the Washington Square Park environs for the next couple of years — all while the subway is going to terminate several blocks shy of North Beach, in Chinatown. Today we get news that a new group is making noise about the proposed Union Square Station, saying that the entrance at corner of the park will violate the City Charter and is therefore illegal…

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Shouldn’t we take into account the historical value of Washington Square and North Beach?  What will the tourists do while North Beach is under construction? Take work-in-progress tours on the Duck?

Central Subway Union Square station violates city charter, opponents say

By: Will Reisman : SFExaminer – excerpt

The Central Subway’s proposed station at Union Square may violate provisions of The City Charter, a development that could lead to litigation against the $1.6 billion rail expansion project.

A section of The City Charter states that structures with “non-recreational purposes” cannot be built in public parks like Union Square unless the plans are approved by the voting public. Muni plans to erect a 59-foot-long structure in Union Square as the entry point to the new station being built underneath the park…

Read more at the San Francisco Examiner