Why split the SFMTA?

I believe the Supervisors did not appreciate the type of open-ended contract they discovered when they investigated the Van Ness BRT project. I’m not going to describe it here. You can watch the many hearings that have been conducted on the contracts and delays. I’m not going into the financial shenanigans.

Other investigations into major mistakes made on projects such as the ones on Potrero next to the General Hospital lead to questions about communication within the department and SFMTAs dealings with other city agencies. At a public neighborhood meeting we discovered that the Project Manager for Potrero Ave. is also Project Manager for at least one other large project. This leads us to believe that they have bitten off too much to do well and need to put all new project starts on hold while they finish the ones the ones they have going now.

Disputes with the Fire Department and other city agencies involved in emergency operations along with daily transit meltdowns concern people who are responsible for handling a major disaster. How will a gridlocked city handle the next earthquake or other disaster that cuts off power when so much of our lives are electronica now. There is no evacuation plan. The plan is to shelter in place. That doesn’t work under all circumstances.

While you are at it, pay attention to public comments, especially where the bus stop removals and other inconveniences are opposed. Spitting SFMTA (not Muni) has less to do with cars and more to do with providing the service the Muni riders want instead of ignoring them. A business that ignores its customers will not survive long. In this case, the sales tax increase failed because no amount of lies and excuses will convince people they should pay more for less, especially when the salaries are not keeping pace with the tax increases.

The voters much approve the split and restructuring of the SFMTA by ballot.

Supervisors want to split municipal transit agency in two — here’s why

TEP Transit Effectiveness Project



The Initial Study is currently available for public review and by downloading from the Planning Department web site at http://tepeir.sfplanning.org.

The public comment period is Thursday, January 24, 2013 through 5:00 pm on Friday, February 22, 2013.  Please provide written comments to the Planning Department, Attention:  TEP, 1650 Mission Street, Suite 400, San Francisco, California 94103, or email to debra.dwyer@sfgov.org.

The Draft EIR is scheduled to be circulated for public comment in Summer 2013. The final EIR is anticipated in the Winter/Spring 2014.

Transit Effectiveness Project Overview

The Transit Effectiveness Project (TEP) is a program to improve reliability and provide quicker trips for Muni customers. As part of the Muni Rapid vision, and in conjunction with other Muni programs, the TEP will be the blueprint for making Muni a great transportation choice for our residents and visitors. More about the TEP.

At the current stage of the TEP, staff is developing proposals to improve reliability and travel time along eight heavily-used Rapid bus routes and rail lines. Learn more about the Rapid proposals.

TEP Pilots

The 76X Marin Headlands pilot was implemented in November as part of the Transit Effectiveness Project (TEP). The Church Street transit-only lane pilot will be implemented as soon as temperatures stay above 55 degrees and there is no precipitation for at least 72 hours.  For an update on the TEP and these pilot projects, review the latest TEP implementation presentation to the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) Board of Directors. (more)