Transportation Sustainability Program – excerpt

San Francisco is growing. The Association of Bay Area Governmentsprojects that the City will add as many as 190,000 jobs and 100,000 homes by 2040. Much of this is already occurring – projects to create housing for up to 60,000 new people are currently under review or in construction. It is possible to grow smartly, but we must start now…

Imagine all those cars – 600,000 of them – on City streets every day, in addition to the hundreds of thousands you see now.

It doesn’t have to be that way. We can make our City more livable by improving the way we address development. Requiring developers to pay their fair share for transportation impacts will give us the resources and tools to improve public transit, enhance safety for people walking and biking, and better manage vehicular traffic.

The Transportation Sustainability Program is about keeping people moving as our City grows. Smart planning and investment will help ensure that we’re able to arrive safer and more comfortably at our destinations now and in the future.

What Will the Program Do?

The Transportation Sustainability Program is made up of three components:… (more)

Charge new Fees. Ordinance was being introduced.


Special SFMTA TEP Meeting at City Hall to review current plans

Tomorrow (Friday, March 14, 2014) there will be a special meeting of the SFMTA Board.  The meeting will be in Room 400 City Hall, beginning at 9:00 a.m.  Meeting Agenda

Item 9 (which follows the Director’s and CAC reports) is for general public comment on MTA matters.

Item 12 will be a status report on the ever-changing Transit Effectiveness Project.  Good opportunity for those with TEP ideas to impart….

Item 13 (the main event) will be a presentation and discussion of the MTA’s FY 2015/16 Operating Budget followed by a discussion of its FY 2015/16 Capital Budget.

Muni’s capital budget problems have been compounded by the failure of Mayor Lee and his transportation task force (TTF) to adequately address Muni’s long range problems. For those who don’t have hours to spend waiting, Item 9 would give you an opportunity to speak relatively early in the meeting.

Please come and speak up.
Jerry Cauthen, for SaveMuni

Chain Reaction Of Injures After Muni Bus Falls Apart

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An accident involving the overhead equipment above a San Francisco Municipal Railway bus injured four people downtown this morning, fire and Muni officials said.
The 31-Balboa bus was near Market and Main streets around 10:30 a.m. when the accident occurred, authorities said.
A rope connecting to the overhead poles on the bus came loose and struck a nearby bus stop sign, Muni spokesman Paul Rose said.
The sign hit an adult leading a group of schoolchildren on a field trip and also hit one of the children, fire spokeswoman Mindy Talmadge said.
Those two both fell onto another adult and child. All four suffered minor injuries and were taken to a hospital as a precaution, Talmadge said… (more)

The sad state of Muni vehicles and equipment is well documented. Most of the city’s lawsuits involve the SFMTA. When will the city officials quite approving transfer of Muni funds from Muni operations to non-Muni projects?
Let your supervisors know you want the SFMTA to
FIX THE MUNI FIRST! contact city officials

Report on Muni’s light-rail trains is latest bad news for agency

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Muni’s light-rail trains, which collectively carry more than 150,000 passengers each day, posted an on-time performance rate of just under 50 percent in May, according to a recent report that is the latest of several pieces of disconcerting news about the transit agency.
Officials from the transit agency acknowledge the systemic problems, including aging trains and the rundown tracks, but say upcoming fixes may correct some of the issues.
On average, Muni’s light-rail vehicles break down once every 25 to 30 days, and the agency has few reserve vehicles to immediately put into service, according to John Haley, director of transit for the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency, which runs Muni. The 151 trains that comprise Muni’s light-rail fleet should have been completely overhauled about five to six years ago, but that never happened, which is why they’re so prone to breakdowns, Haley said…
The run-down condition of the agency’s trackways also lead to slower train speeds. In addition, a large confluence of bottlenecks — such as the intersection at Fourth and King streets — results in numerous delays. Scheduling for the lines — which carry passengers at street level and below the ground — has not been updated for the current operating conditions, and the agency lacks enough supervisors to monitor performance, Haley said…
One of the solutions for light-rail problems not listed on Haley’s report is seat reconfiguration. Supervisors Scott Wiener and London Breed issued a letter to Muni Transportation Director Ed Reiskin on Friday, asking him to consider rearranging train seats for more capacity… (more)

“the agency lacks enough supervisors to monitor performance”, according to Haley…

They also lack engineers, mechanics and parts, and the ability to keep the the light-rails moving. In fact, the only thing the SFMTA seems to be any good at is infuriating drivers and riders and creating traffic jams. They get an “A” in harassing the public; an “F” in running the Muni.

Now the Supervisors want to remove seats from the trains? How safe is that? Do you really want kids and the elderly standing on trains instead of sitting? Cars are required to have seat belts. Buses are not. Kids in cars are required to be securely belted into car seats. Now you want those same kids to stand on the bus handing onto the seat? Not everyone can reach those high overhead bars, and not everyone can stand up on a fast-moving bus.


Drastic cut in travel times part of Muni’s ambitious long-term vision

By: Will Reisman : – excerpt

For Muni to be a reliable transit system consistently used by commuters, travel times need to be significantly reduced — a point emphasized by the agency’s executive director.
Detailing the cure is the easy part; figuring out how to accomplish that task is something else.
As part of its long-range vision, Muni has laid out ambitious goals along its major transit corridors, with the plan calling for the travel times of some routes to be cut in half…  (more)

As Supervisor Campos said at the May 2 hearing, it would be nice if Muni service was as efficient as the meter maids.

SFMTA officials do a lot of talking about fixing the Muni, yet no discernible progress has been made.

Meanwhile, the SFMTA has no trouble installing parking meters and bike paths, disrupt traffic and eliminating parking spots.

We need a change in priorities.

Muni Underground Melts Down at Rush Hour; Also, an F-Line Car Hits a Pedestrian at Church and Market

Tonight was yet another bad night for the SFMTA, as the Muni metro suffered a total and complete meltdown at 6 p.m. due to an alleged blown transformer at Van Ness Station. The SFMTA is blaming rain damage from Sunday morning’s storm, despite the fact that the transformer functioned fine for 36 hours or so after the storm, only to fail at 6 p.m. Monday.
The light rail was shut down in both directions between Embarcadero and the western end of the city, and there was no estimate when it would be restored.
Simultaneously, however, there was an unrelated incident above ground that crippled the F-line heading outbound just before 6 p.m. A female in a wheelchair was struck by an orange F-line car and dragged 570 feet, from Market and Dolores Street to Market and Church…  (more)

Scott Weiner uses this episode to tweet for more Muni funds. Most responses are negative. The public does not buy “Muni is broke” line anyone.

Muni and other agencies consider basing fares on income

By Will Reisman : sfexaminer – excerpt

Agencies eye basing fares on income, not age or disability
A struggling 19-year-old service worker barely earning enough to make ends meet has to pay $64 for her monthly Muni pass. A wealthy 66-year-old homeowner from Pacific Heights can purchase that same fare for $22.
Seem fair?… (more)

Fair? Are these people crazy? Why don’t they just drop everything else and fix the Muni? SFMTA is conducting more studies?

No wonder the Muni system breaks down twice a week. SFMTA does everything they can to avoid doing the one job it is authorized to do. Fix the Muni. Who cares what it costs if it doesn’t work?

Why don’t you ask the BART people why they take BART but not Muni. I will walk 6 blocks to take BART but not two blocks to take Muni. You go figure that one out. Here is a clue. It is not a math problem.

S.F. Muni can’t afford free fares for youth

By Scott Wiener : SFGate – excerpt

A proposal to provide free Muni fares for all youth, of all income levels, is under consideration in San Francisco. While this proposal is well-intentioned, Muni cannot afford the $8 million annual price tag. We need to increase access to transportation for low-income youth, but a new and expensive obligation for Muni – at a time when Muni cannot pay for its basic operational needs and is expanding parking meters and increasing parking fines – is a bad idea…

The understandable public perception is that Muni is expanding parking meters to Sundays, adding new meters, and raising ticket prices not to pay for improvements to the system but rather to fund free Muni for all youth, even those who don’t need the subsidy. If that doesn’t undermine public confidence in Muni’s desire to use taxpayer money to shore up its system and improve service, then I don’t know what will…

Scott Wiener is a member of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors.



SFMTA to hold town hall meetings to discus budget outlook

By: Will Reisman | 02/23/12 1:04 PM, SF Examiner Staff Writer

Muni passengers and motorists wary of service reductions, transit fare increases or extended enforcement times for parking meters will probably want to attend a series of town hall meetings next month on the agency’s budget issues.

The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency, which operates Muni and all other surface transportation programs in The City, is facing upcoming budget deficits of $19.6 million and $33.6 million respectively.

Read more at the San Francisco Examiner:

The meeting schedule is as follows:

Saturday, March 3, 10 a.m. to noon
SFMTA Headquarters, One South Van Ness Ave., 2nd Floor Atrium

Thursday, March 8, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
San Francisco City College, 50 Phelan Ave., New Multi-use Building Room 140, 1st floor

Wednesday, March 14, 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
San Francisco Public Library, 100 Larkin St., Koret Auditorium

Thursday, March 15, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
SFMTA Presidio Division, 2640 Geary Blvd., Training Rooms C, D and E

Wednesday, March 21, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
San Francisco Waldorf High School, 470 West Portal Ave., Herbst Hall

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