It’s a bold idea, discussed for years behind closed doors and recently announced in a strangely understated and pro-growth way: Tear down the last mile of Interstate 280 and replace it with an wide boulevard – reminiscent of the removal of the Central and Embarcadero freeways – in order to facilitate the extension of electrified Caltrain and high-speed rail tracks into the Transbay Terminal…
State plans to facilitate more trains by further isolating Mission Bay led to the proposal to tear down I-280 at 16th Street.
It’s a bold idea, discussed for years behind closed doors and recently announced in a strangely understated and pro-growth way: Tear down the last mile of Interstate 280 and replace it with an wide boulevard – reminiscent of the removal of the Central and Embarcadero freeways – in order to facilitate the extension of electrified Caltrain and high-speed rail tracks into the Transbay Terminal.
For almost three years, city planners have been discussing the idea and drawing up closely guarded plans to tear down the freeway, discussions sparked by the state’s Environmental Impact Reports on electrifying the Caltrain tracks and bringing high-speed trains into town. With an increasing number of trains traveling those tracks, access to the rapidly growing Mission Bay area from the west on 16th Street would turn into a traffic nightmare, either with long waits for an at-grade train crossing or the creation of ugly and uninviting underpasses for cars and bikes….
So a staff-level proposal to solve a transportation challenge with an elegant multi-modal solution that follows in the city’s tradition of tearing down freeways has morphed into a real estate deal. Quentin Kopp, the father of high-speed rail in California, has already derided the Transbay Terminal project (which is funded by the sale of state land surrounding the site to office tower developers) as little more than a real estate deal, and now the city is apparently seeking to extend that deal further into Mission Bay…. (more)
Concerned about San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency plans to place meters throughout Southside San Francisco, Eastern Neighborhoods United Front (ENUF) is surveying residents and businesses to find out what parking changes they believe are merited in Dogpatch, Potrero Hill, the Mission and elsewhere. ENUF hopes to collect hundreds of surveys, a copy of which can be found at sfenuf.org by September 7… Mission Rock Resort: Oyster Bar— aka “The Rock” — opened last month at the former site of Kelly’s Mission Rock, 817 Terry Francois Boulevard. You might want to go there now; it’s looking to quickly become a waterfront destination for the rest of the City… (more)
Disgruntled residents in The City’s eastern neighborhoods have banded together to protest the installation of parking meters in their communities.
The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency plans to add about 5,000 parking meters in the Mission Bay, Potrero Hill, Mission District and SoMa District neighborhoods.
Residents came out in force against the decision during a January hearing, forcing the SFMTA to later delay the project. Now, the locals have created a group, called the Eastern Neighborhoods United Front (ENUF), to squelch the agency’s plans for good.
ENUF has started an online presence (sfenuf.org) to highlight their concerns with the plan, and the group is circulating a census survey around the neighborhood to gather further feedback of community concerns, said Tony Kelly, a Potrero Hill activist who is leading the