Sunset district neighbors wary of proposed changes to L-Taraval Muni line

By : sfexaminer – excerpt

Sunset district neighbors reached a compromise Wednesday night on changes to Taraval Street intended to make the L-Taraval train safer, despite many expressing fears that the proposal will make the neighborhood less accessible.

Chiefly, neighbors worried that concrete boarding islands would reduce parking and endanger local businesses. People also said newly moved or eliminated stops would force seniors to walk too far for the train.

“I don’t want my stops taken away,” said Nerissa Hu, who said she depends on the 17th Avenue stop, which was originally slated to be removed. Without it, Hu says she will need to walk uphill to make her regular L trip.

The victory for the neighborhood wasn’t complete, neighbors said, but it was a start.

Sean Kennedy, a planner at the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency, tried to explain the compromise to a room packed with more than 200 neighbors.

It was tough going.

Gathered in Dianne Feinstein Elementary School’s cafeteria, the enraged neighbors lambasted staff at full volume.

They heckled, booed, hissed and yelled… (more)

San Francisco citizens are the way the SFMTA is destroying out city. Wait till they find out how much in debt they are as well and how they intend to charge us for the privilege of all this disruption. They are fast spiraling out of control. Demand changes from the candidates running for supervisor positions. Demand a that the Supervisors take back control of the SFMAT board through the appointment process.

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San Fran: Should Google Be Allowed to provide FREE Bus Rides for Its Employees–or do UNIONS Control All Transportation

By Stephen Frank   – excerpt

City Attorney’s office tries to stall Google Bus trial hearing 

By Joe Fitzgerald Rodrigue, SF Examiner, 3/15/15

Petitioners of a lawsuit against San Francisco’s commuter shuttle pilot program last week challenged a motion by the City Attorney’s Office to have more time to respond to the suit.

The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency created the pilot program last year to study the impact of the so-called Google Buses, private shuttles that transport tech workers to campuses around the region. The buses have attracted ire in San Francisco as symbols of tech-industry gentrification.

The Coalition for Fair Legal and Environmental Transit filed suit last year against Google, Apple, shuttle providers and The City to stall the program, alleging they failed to study impacts of exhaust in the air and stress on the asphalt. They also argue rents skyrocket near the shuttle stops, displacing people with the luck of living near them.

Last Wednesday’s filing came as Superior Court Judge Garrett L. Wong was on vacation. The trial is set for June, but the City Attorney’s Office pressed for a key pre-trial hearing on March 27 to be pushed back.

Wong will hear arguments Monday for rescheduling the hearing.

The effort to delay the hearing coincides with a State Assembly committee hearing on AB61, a bill which would legalize aspects of the commuter shuttle pilot program statewide. Approval by the committee may add legitimacy to the city attorney’s arguments that the pilot program is allowable, some insiders said…

… the bill’s language may in fact aid the petitioners’ case since it acknowledges that aspects of the shuttle pilot program are illegal… (more)

When you displace and inconvenience a majority of the population in order to privilege a minority group, you will not be welcome.  How many shuttles can San Francisco residents take?

SF plans to charge tech buses for using Muni stops in pilot program

by : sfexaminer – excerpt

Weeks after anti-displacement organizers on two instances blockaded commuter buses with tech workers from leaving The City, transit and city officials on Monday formally announced an 18- month pilot program allowing shuttle providers to use select Muni stops for a fee.
The proposal, which will be taken to the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency on Jan. 21, would allow the shuttles to use 200 of the more than 2,500 stops in Muni’s system for $1 per stop per day.
“The basic idea here is, [shuttle] providers want to access the Muni stops and currently only Muni buses are legally allowed to use bus stops,” said transit agency director Ed Reiskin… (more)