Are there plans to create cracks in the Private Commuter Bus program?

Notes from the Policy and Governance Committee meeting, February 17, 2017

The MTA Policy and Governance Committee of the MTA Board of Directors met Friday, Feb 17, 2017.  It appears they are developing a policy for handling the emerging transportation services such as Uber, Lyft, ride share,  car share, Private Commuter buses (shuttles), Chariot and what the future holds.  See the power point and the guiding principles connected to agenda Item 5 for clues on where the problems lie and a hint of what they may have in mind to resolve some of them.

Studies by the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC), the Bay Area County Congestion Management (CMA) agencies, and the VTA FLEX (last mile) indicate the current policies have failed. The increase in traffic and complaints about the programs point to the need for a regional evaluation and plan. A solution can’t come soon enough for most of us. Let’s hope they come up with something soon. Your comments and suggestions should be directed to the agencies involved. See this links on this page for contacts: https://discoveryink.wordpress.com/san-francisco-officials/

If you like you may comment here also. There are a few discussions on nextdoor on this topic as well.

Commuter Shuttle Pilot Launches Today

San Francisco’s Commuter Shuttle Pilot program launches today. Approved in January, this 18-month pilot will test sharing a limited network of specifically selected Muni zones with permitted commuter shuttles. For the first time, commuter shuttle pick-up and drop-off locations will be regulated.

The SFMTA has created a network of zones for permitted shuttles to use. The designated network of is comprised of shared Muni zones and Commuter Shuttle permit-only white zones. Check out the pilot network as a map or in list form.  Signage on shelters or bus poles indicates which zones are included in the pilot network.

Commuter shuttles with permits will bear placards on the front and rear of their vehicles. Placards include unique 5-digit number that will help SFMTA resolve questions and complaints.

Feedback is important!
Please let us know if you see:
·         Shuttles using stops outside of the network
·         Unsafe behavior
·         Shuttle use of restricted streets
·         Locations where conditions are improved

Please provide location, time, direction, placard number, photograph (if possible) to help us follow up appropriately.

Use the 311 e-form to submit feedback.

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