Larkspur parking spaces lost as SMART moves in

By Mark Prado : marinij – excerpt

Larkspur ferry riders will have 300 less spaces to choose from now that the Golden Gate Bridge district must give up a portion of parking to make way for SMART’s Larkspur extension…

As work continues to bring commuter rail south from San Rafael, a portion of a parking area for Larkspur ferry patrons will be permanently closed Wednesday.

That will result in the loss of about 300 spaces. While the area is usually lightly used during the work week, ferry riders going to Giants games or to special events in San Francisco served by the boats do use them as other lots swell.

In order to get trains through the Cal Park Hill Tunnel and to the Larkspur stop, the Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit agency needs the area to construct a station and other amenities as part of the $55.4 million project. The parking area is situated up a hill above 300 Larkspur Landing Circle. SMART plans to commence its Larkspur service in 2019… (more)

Here is a perfect example of how regional transportation systems under state directives, play musical chairs with the commuting public:

They remove service for existing riders under the guise of adding more future customers to their the “future perfect” system they are designing for. Meanwhile, drivers are faced back in their cars to cope with the loss of service. The winners in this game are the planners, consultants, developer sand the politicians they support. The losers are the commuters.

The Best thing voters can do is take back our streets and kick the “future perfect’ planners out at the ballot box when they get the chance. Grill the candidates on thee topics before you pledge support for them.

Rough waters ahead: Repair work for dilapidated ferry ramps face delays, cost increase

By Joe Fitzgerald Rodriguez : sfweekly – excerpt

A San Francisco ferry terminal used by Golden Gate Ferry passengers is dilapidated and badly in need of repair — which was already budgeted and pledged by the Golden Gate Bridge Highway and Transportation District.

But those repairs are now delayed and facing a cost increase of $3.3 million after Sausalito neighbors complained about repairs to a ferry facility in their town.

The projects are linked, meaning Sausalito’s delays are, by extension, San Francisco’s as well, according to the Golden Gate Bridge district…(more)

San Francisco residents, businesses upset over proposed changes to Muni along Lombard St.

We are going to start demanding proof of service to the community of the notices they claim they are putting out. We need to see some proof that the notices were sent out. When they were sent out and signatures of the parties who posted the notices. No more “we posted notices on poles around the area and that suffices for public notice. We want legal
documentation to back up the claims.
RELATED:
Monday, August 31, 2015 – A new program has just been launched to make an iconic San Francisco street safer, in the wake of a recent shooting. (Protesting started a while ago.)

Strike called on Golden Gate Bridge bus lines for Oct. 17

By Kale Williams : sfgate – excerpt

Buses operated by the Golden Gate Transportation District will not be crossing the Bay Area’s most famous bridge next Friday as workers from the Teamsters Union Local 856 and 665, which represents dispatchers, supervisors and maintenance crews, announced a one-day strike.

The Amalgamated Transit Union, which represents drivers, is expected to honor the picket line, effectively canceling bus service between Marin, Sonoma and San Francisco for the day. Ferry service and bridge traffic will not be affected… (mari)

GG Bridge Toll Hikes Approved 15-2, Supes Campos and Breed Opposed

by streetsblog – excerpt

When the plan for much-needed toll hikes on the Golden Gate Bridge was approved Friday, the only opponents on the GG Bridge Highway and Transportation District Board of Directors were Supervisors David Campos and London Breed.

All other 15 members who voted, including Marin County reps, apparently understood the need to fund rising infrastructure costs for the bridge by increasing tolls for the drivers who use it. In recent years, the board tolls have not risen as quickly as fares for Golden Gate Transit, which has also seen service cuts — a pattern that unfairly burdens bus riders and induces more car traffic on the Golden Gate Bridge…

Under the plan approved by the bridge district, the $6 toll will rise to $7 on April 7 on its way to $8 by 2018. A 25-cent increase will go in place on July 1, 2015, with a similar boost each year until 2018, according to the Chronicle. The bridge board increased tolls beyond its original proposal, which didn’t include an increase in 2015. By adding a 25-cent hike in 2015, projected revenue was increased from $123 million to $138 million… (more)

 

A city walk that can’t be beat

By Tom Stienstra : sfgate – excerpt

What you’ll see: It would difficult to improve on the recent days on the San Francisco waterfront. That is, unless you could improve on perfection. The weather, views and recreation have been stellar. Marina Green is your launch point. From along the Golden Gate Promenade, you get waterfront views that extend to the Golden Gate Bridge and across to Sausalito and Alcatraz…
Easy walk: From parking, take the San Francisco Bay Trail west along Marina Green and work your way around the yacht harbors (you’ll see lots of docked boats on your right) toward the St. Francis Yacht Club. Then continue toward the harbor entrance, past the Golden Gate Yacht Club, to the point at the end of the jetty and to the Wave Organ…
Cost: Parking, access free… (more)

 Free parking access will disappear soon if the SFMTA and the SF Bicycle Coalition gets their way. If you think it should remain free, let the supervisors know. They have the power to keep it free when it comes to financing new contracts. They stopped the expansion of parking meters into the neighborhoods because citizens acted and they can stop the elimination of parking and traffic lanes if you continue to tell them ENUF already! Don’t cut traffic lanes, parking and Muni services. Contact Supervisors

Larkspur Ferry Officials Float Ideas For Dealing With Increasing Ridership

Reporting Margie Shafer : sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com – excerpt

LARKSPUR (KCBS) – Golden Gate Bridge, Highway and Transportation District officials have one of those “good problems” on their hands: their Larkspur to San Francisco ferry service is a popular one with commuters. So much so that riders are engaging in a daily dash for parking spaces, not to mention a scramble for a seat on a boat… (more)

RELATED:
The Larkspur Ferry Terminal

The need for more parking at all the public transportation hubs is the elephant in the room that everyone is ignoring.