SF Agencies Take Aim at Bureaucratic Obstacles to a Transit-First City

by Aaron Bialick : sfstreetsblog.org – excerpt

San Francisco agencies are developing a wide-ranging program to streamline the funding and construction of improvements for walking, bicycling, and transit…
The Transportation Sustainability Program (TSP) would reform the city’s transportation practices in three key areas: by eliminating reliance on the automobile-centric measuring stick known as Level of Service (LOS), by instituting a system of development impact fees that fund sustainable transportation improvements, and expediting the review process for pedestrian, bicycle, and transit projects. The details are on the wonky side, but if the city delivers on these reforms, SF could be looking at a much more rapid build-out of transit corridors, bikeways, and pedestrian safety measures… (more, including some great cartoons that illustrate perfectly LOS and your tax dollars working against you.)

What lurks behind the green face of SFMTA?

Using massive amounts of tax dollars they plan to destroy SF’s historical neighborhoods and replace them with highrises. This is a complete turnaround. The same people who decried the rise of condos and Manhattanization and condos during the anti live-work movement now they embrace it.

This is why many liberal Democrats are turning into anti-tax libertarians.

Related:
Levels of service and travel projections the wrong tools for planning our streets
Reclaiming SF’s Market Street for Public Space
Our City could use a little Manhattanization

Getting our Money’s Worth: Using Value Capture to Fund Transit

wbez.org – excerpt

Even as the economy struggles, our growing regional population is demanding smarter investments to expand and improve transit. Given the scarcity of available public funds, governments are beginning to tap innovative financing tools such as variable parking pricing, public–private partnerships, and value capture around bus and rail stations. Because transportation networks and land values are closely linked, public investments in transportation infrastructure can increase the value of land surrounding these investments, benefiting landowners, developers and governments. This roundtable will explore how value capture and other innovative financing tools can generate revenue to finance transportation operations and future expansion, such as Bus Rapid Transit and upgrades…

Gabriel Metcalf, executive director of San Francisco Planning and Urban Research Association (SPUR) and member of the Transbay Joint Powers Authority Board of Directors, will describe how San Francisco is layering several financing tools, including tax increment financing, a special assessment, development impact fees, and a federal Transportation Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (TIFIA) loan, to build the new Transbay Transit Center. The new station will coordinate the Bay Area’s numerous transit systems, increase capacity and accessibility, and create one of the most transportation-rich-neighborhoods in the region. Gabriel will also discuss other innovative financing for transit used in San Francisco including sharing parking meter revenues and the Transit Impact Development Fee…

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SFMTA continues to pay for new logos, PR, chest-puffing and spin while they cut Muni service.