Reopening Of Stockton Street Marks Milestone In Central Subway Project

sanfrancisco.cbslocal – excerpt

SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — After being closed for seven years, a portion of Stockton Street in downtown San Francisco reopened Thursday, San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency officials announced.

Stockton Street between Geary and Ellis streets had been closed for construction of the underground Central Subway, which is set to connect riders from the South of Market neighborhood to Chinatown…

“Stockton Street is a major commercial artery and bus route that brings life into the heart of District Three,” Supervisor Aaron Peskin said in a statement. “For many residents in Chinatown and North Beach, this throughway also represents equitable and undisrupted access to downtown jobs and services…

The SFMTA has committed itself to building this vital link between two of San Francisco’s most iconic communities… (more)

“The SFMTA has committed itself to building this vital link between two of San Francisco’s most iconic communities.” 

How about reopening Mission Street to rebuild the vital link between two of San Francisco’s other most iconic Latino communities? Isn’t the cultural historical character of the Mission as important as any other in the city or do we detect a hint of discrimination against the Mission? Tear down the wall on Mission Street. Remove the barriers to trade and commerce in the Mission.

BMW Brings Ride-Share Street Parking to Mission District

By Jordan Ecarma : autoworld – excerpt

BMW’s DriveNow car-sharing service has expanded in San Francisco to allow for street parking, making it convenient for customers who don’t have time to return the car to a designated station.

While the street parking option will start just in select parts of the Mission District, the expanded service should come to Bernal Heights, Haight Ashbury, Noe Valley, North Panhandle (NOPA), Alamo Square and Potrero Hill by the end of this year,

First launched in Munich in 2011, DriveNow has spread to other German cities and came to the U.S. in fall 2012, bringing a fleet of 70 plug-ins to the Bay Area. The service has 17 stations including several in San Francisco, Oakland and Palo Alto, as well as San Francisco International Airport and Oakland International Airport, according to Edmunds.

DriveNow members pay $39 to join the service, and rides cost $12 for the first half-hour and 32 cents per each extra minute. The San Francisco branch plans to add 80 more ActiveE electric vehicles to bring the fleet’s total to 150.

The service could eventually expand to more parts of the U.S., although it would face competition from growing car-share options like Uber, Lyft and Zipcar… (more)

Proposal revived to add new parking meters in eastern San Francisco neighborhoods

By: Will Reisman: sfexaminer – excerpt

Talks are beginning to start up again over a controversial plan to install 5,000 parking meters in new San Francisco neighborhoods, nearly one year after the proposal was shelved following a harsh community pushback.
The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency, which oversees parking in The City, originally intended to install the new meters in the northeast Mission, Dogpatch, Mission Bay and Potrero Hill. Despite preliminary approval of the plan in January, the agency opted to delay installation of the meters in response to neighborhood concerns. Over the past 10 months, the agency has been collecting parking data and information about trends in the relevant neighborhoods…
Before shelving its plan, the Transportation Agency recommended adding hundreds of meters near 17th and Folsom streets, the site of a future city park. Spokesman Paul Rose said the agency will not make specific recommendations at tonight’s meeting, but the parking management plan for the neighborhood will include meters, residential permits and posted time limits…
The agency’s goal for the neighborhood is to manage parking demand and availability; improve access; and encourage the use of transit, biking and walking, Rose said. He also said that a key goal was maintaining parking availability for local businesses…
“They hold these meetings, residents rail against the plans, and they still move forward with them,” said Mari Eliza, spokesman for Eastern Neighborhoods United Front, a group… (more)

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