Demolition of one-mile stretch of I-280 part of proposal to link Mission Bay with surrounding area

By : sfexaminer – excerpt

Mission Bay is San Francisco’s neighborhood of the future.

That’s Mayor Ed Lee’s publicly stated vision. And in public documents, his office said a key to that future may be razing Interstate Highway 280 — now the source of much public ire.

Mission Bay has become home to gleaming new UC San Francisco hospitals, and is the potential new home to what some call the mayor’s “legacy project” — the Golden State Warriors’ Chase Center. The Mission Rock and Pier 70 housing developments could also soon considerably boost the neighborhood’s population.

And one day in the far-flung future, perhaps decades from now, Mission Bay may become the conduit for a second transbay tube that would connect BART and — for the first time — newly electrified Caltrain service to the East Bay.

But the future comes at a cost…

Gil Kelley, director of citywide planning at the Planning Department, presented the plan Tuesday night to nearly 150 neighbors, who packed an auditorium at the Potrero Hill Recreation Center. The project is still in early phases — preliminary designs may not arrive for at least a year.

Still, opposition is already brewing over the possibility of tearing down a portion of I-280…

Future Transit Connections

Boos and hisses rang through the rec center as Kelley discussed the proposal to raze I-280.

Details were sparse about the proposal, however. Kelley said the concepts were “mix and match,” and did not depend on each other to come to fruition.

Though many defended I-280 as vital for drivers, it was recently listed as one of the Bay Area’s most congested freeways by the Metropolitan Transportation Commission…

The railyard alternatives plan also explores tunneling from the Transbay Transit Center to Mission Bay, which later could serve as the beginning of a new transbay tube under the bay to Alameda.

Additionally, it looks potential alternatives to possibly run Caltrain along 3rd Street for a combined Caltrain/Muni station, as part of the downtown extension of the Transbay Transit Center.

Teardown Opposition Grows

Removing a portion of I-280 was the most controversial part of this plan prior to the meeting, and that sentiment intensified Tuesday night.

Surrounded by angry neighbors at the rec center, former Mayor Art Agnos — no stranger to fighting development, as evidenced by the recent “No Wall on the Waterfront” campaign — told the San Francisco Examiner he will personally combat any effort to tear down I-280.

In 2014, Agnos and now-Supervisor Aaron Peskin blocked a luxury housing development along the Embarcadero, and passed a ballot measure calling for voter approval of all height-limit increases along the waterfront.

Agnos promised a similar fight against tearing down I-280.

“I’m going to make the [No Wall on the Waterfront] fight look like a minor league skirmish,” he said…(more)

The truth about High Speed Rail

There have no money. They are $440 million dollars short the money they need to finish electrifying  the train. (phase one.) They need private funds. Public money will not be sufficient to build the high speed rail. They are trying to convince people to give up their cars to create demand for public transit so they can convince investors that there are profits to be made by investing in public transit systems such as high speed rail. That is why they are trying to increase the population. They will need a lot more people to pay for the transit systems they want to build.

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Opponents: Warriors proposed arena fails environmental test for traffic

by Sharon Song : Kron4 – excerpt (video)

SAN FRANCISCO (KRON) — The battle over the Golden State Warriors’ proposed new $1 billion arena is heating up as a group of opponents on Tuesday plans to raise their concerns about traffic and parking before city officials.

San Francisco’s Mission Bay neighborhood has been designated for the NBA championship team’s 18,000-seat arena and entertainment center. But the project is facing a major showdown as the Mission Bay Alliance, a newly formed coalition that includes UCSF stakeholders, donors, and faculty point to an environmental report that it says gives the project a flunking grade on the subject of traffic in the area.

On Tuesday, the Mission Bay Alliance along with other representatives from the UCSF healthcare community plan to share those concerns during a public hearing, as they highlight findings of the recently released draft environmental impact report (EIR). The opponents are worried the arena will create dangerous delays for patients and physicians trying to get to the new UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital San Francisco at Mission Bay.

“The draft EIR shows that the Warriors’ proposed entertainment complex in Mission Bay fails major intersections and will grind traffic in Mission Bay to a screeching halt during games and events,” said Bruce Spaulding of the Mission Bay Alliance. “While our team of attorneys continues to review the project, the draft EIR admits this project will have significantly negative impacts on nearby residents and UCSF patients and healthcare workers.”

The group says major intersections in the area receive a failing score of “E” and “F” during special events, according to the report’s “Level of Service” traffic impact analysis. The scoring calculates the delays per vehicle and assigns an A-F letter grade for each Mission Bay intersection. The Mission Bay Alliance says the report shows the vast majority of those intersections would fail, facing heavy congestion and gridlock during games and special events. The alliance says these problems are anticipated despite substantial transit and transportation investments promised by the city to ease traffic in the area.

City officials are planning a public hearing about the project Tuesday and formal comments to the city’s planning department are due July 20 (45 days after the draft EIR was released), said the Mission Bay Alliance. After an initial review of the EIR, the Mission Bay Alliance’s legal team wants an additional 45 days to review and comment on city documents used to support the environmental report for the project.

“45 days is simply not enough time to meaningfully review and comment on the draft Environmental Impact Report,” said Mission Bay Alliance attorney Tom Lippe in a letter to the city requesting the extension.

The latest move follows a protest on Monday by UCSF nurses who voiced their concerns about the proposed project… (more)

If you are concerned by the traffic congestion around Mission Bay now, we may want to write letters supporting a continuance.

SFMTA board approves contract for Mission Bay loop project

By sfexaminer – excerpt

As Mission Bay gets built out, so is transportation infrastructure in the area to accommodate the greater demand.

San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency board of directors on Tuesday approved a contract not to exceed $3.5 million with Mitchell Engineering to install tracks on the block surrounded by Third, 18th, Illinois and 19th streets to create a short loop for the Muni T-Third Street line.

The Mission Bay loop will allow the southbound light-rail line to turn left onto 18th Street, travel around the block on Illinois and 19th streets and make a right onto northbound Third Street. It will be a “critical component” of the central waterfront area and provide a short turnaround for trains once the Central Subway extending the T-Third line north to Chinatown opens in 2019, SFMTA spokesman Paul Rose said… (more)

Get Ready To Feed Parking Meters Until 10 PM In The Blocks Near AT&T Park

sfappeal.com – excerpt

Parking near San Francisco’s AT&T Park is getting pricier in the evenings and during events at the ballpark starting next month, transit officials announced today.
Beginning March 4, meters will remain operating until 10 p.m. from Mondays through Saturdays in the area close to the ballpark at Third and King streets.
The meters will also cost more during days of San Francisco Giants games or other events there, according to the city’s Municipal Transportation Agency.
The changes are meant to increase parking availability in the area and reduce congestion caused by vehicles circling around to look for a parking spot, agency officials said… (more)
Between 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. on non-event days, the meters will cost $0.25 per hour, while they will cost up to $7 an hour on event days. The first event with the increased meter rates will be the World Baseball Classic, which runs at AT&T Park from March 17-19…
Special signs will be posted on meters in the area, which includes streets as far north as Harrison Street, as far east as The Embarcadero, as far south as Mariposa Street and as far west as Seventh Street… (more)
More information about the program can be found online at www.sfpark.org/events.

Is it time for drivers and ferry commuters to go on strike? How long will it take for merchants to complain about the loss of business, driven away by parking rates?

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“…Along with the parking rate hikes, ferries that go straight to the ballpark are set to become more expensive…”

What is the excuse for raising ferry rates? Too many ferries queuing at the dock?

Proposal to raze I-280 linked to train and real estate deals

By Steven T. Jones : SFBG.com – excerpt

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…

Proposal to raze I-280 linked to train and real estate deals

01.23.13 – 4:03 pm | Steven T. Jones |

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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)

 

Parking Meter Games on Labor Day

Impromtu photo op in the Mission Bay on Labor Day. How does this work? Does it?
Turns out the MTA card does not work. You have to use your credit card. What is the point in buying an MTA card when it doesn’t work? Fine with me. I handed out my solution which is Stop the SFMTA.

No waiting for Sunday parking in this lot. It’s already here last I looked. And all the meters on Terry Francois Blvd. are working on Sundays, if you believe the signs.

More Parking Meters, Longer Enforcement Hours Near AT&T Park

Posted by Keith Mizuguchi : street.sfstation.com – excerpt

The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency is getting set to install more parking meters near AT&T Park and the surrounding Mission Bay development.
Along with the additional meters, there will be extended enforcement hours and higher pricing for special events near the ballpark.
Muni officials said the meters are expected to be installed this summer on Illinois Street between 16th and Mariposa streets and on Mission Bay Boulevards North and South. The agency won’t start enforcing the longer hours until early next year.
Starting in the spring of 2013, operating hours will be: Monday-Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. and on Sunday from 12:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. The meters will either have no time limit or a four hour time limit…Demand-responsive pricing will be used with costs as low as $0.25 an hour…The city is expecting immense growth in Mission Bay over the next 20 years and they are hoping these changes ease congestion and parking demand in the area…

Talk about not living in the present. Who cares rates will be in 2013? Does it really take these guys 20 years to prepare for traffic congestion? who are they kidding? Please report any .25 meters that you see. We don’t know of any.

PS: Our reaction is not to the author but to the message relayed from the SFMTA.

New Parking Meters In SF Mission Bay To Cost More, Operate Until 10PM

By Barbara Taylor :KCBS – excerpt

SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS) – Free parking near AT&T Park and in the Mission Bay development in San Francisco will soon be a thing of the past with the implementation of new parking meters in the area.

The idea is to manage parking around the ballpark and ever-expanding Mission Bay community, as parking meters would range from $0.25 per hour up to $7 an hour, when cars pack the neighborhood for special events likes Giants home games. Special event rates will be maintained at $5 per hour this fall…

The meters will either have no time limit or a four-hour time limit…

We have heard that before, but not seen it anywhere. Exactly what is the point in changing the rules constantly other than to drive us all crazy?

We are still waiting for the SF Driver’s Handbook. They will have to put it online so they can update it weekly.

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Disgruntled residents band together to protest meters in eastern neighborhoods

By Will Reisman : SFExaminer – excerpt

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

Read more at the San Francisco Examiner

Frustrated Drivers Launch New Website to Oppose More Parking Meters

By Jeff Sandstoe : SF Parking : SFWEEKLY – excerpt

Do you ever feel like San Francisco has more and more parking meters to feed? And what about that parking anxiety that bubbles up, making you too nervous to park in a certain neighborhood because you know you will get another ticket you can’t afford.

Well, you’re not alone. Beleaguered drivers have formed an organization with the goal of making parking your car in San Francisco a little less painful.

Eastern Neighborhoods United Front, whose acronym appropriately spells ENUF, launched its website this week, announcing its next fight to pick: “preventing the SFMTA from blanketing our San Francisco neighborhoods with more parking meters.”…

“[SFMTA is] certainly interested in what this group, and other stakeholders, have to say,” said MTA Spokesman Paul Rose . “We’re absolutely committed to working with them to get these proposals done.”

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Want to know more about your friendly SFMTA?

ENUF invites you to attend the next Mission Bay meeting (details here) to decide for yourself exactly how interested the SFMTA is in working with the public.             “Getting their proposals done” sounds much more like what they are concerned with.

If you ride a bicycle, you will not be forgotten. SFMTA and BART plan to start charging you for parking soon.

If you don’t live in one of the Eastern Neighborhoods, SFMTA plans to turn your neighborhoods into “commercial zones” so they can put meters on your streets too.

Want a residential parking permit for your neighborhood? Try getting one. Residents from the Richmond to Mission Bay have been denied permits. In fact, if you have gotten one lately, we’d like to know about it.

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