Nearly three decades after Loma Prieta earthquake, Folsom Street sees new life

By : sfexaminer – excerpt

In 1989, the Loma Prieta earthquake wreaked havoc throughout the Bay Area.

But nearly 27 years later, one part of its legacy — the removal of a controversial freeway — may finally lead to the revitalization of Folsom Street.

Part of Folsom Street runs in the shadow of what was once the Embarcadero Freeway, which was torn down after a bitter public battle ended in the 1989 earthquake that rendered the freeway unsafe.

Down came the freeway. But, now, Folsom Street will rise.

The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency on Tuesday approved a series of bike and pedestrian changes to Folsom Street, a key approval in a project that aims to transform the roadway into a hub of nightlife and walkability by early 2018…(more)

Which universe do these people live in? Take a look at the photo at the top of the page and tell me what is wrong with the story. This is a major construction zone. No sidewalk work and no road work will make this safe for pedestrians until the construction is complete.
Why is the SFMTA or DPW or whoever is responsible for scheduling work on Folsom starting a sidewalk or street project before the big construction projects are complete?
I walked past a rather small construction project on 17th Street today and was forced to walk into the street to get around the site and the rather large truck parked next to the site.
How is working on streets or sidewalks in front large construction projects under way on Folsom a good idea or a safe way to proceed?
Folsom Street is a major arterial that connects the Embarcadero with Cesar Chavez. There is a Fire Station at Folsom and 19th Street and two hospitals nearby. All this gridlock in a construction zone will make access for emergency vehicles very difficult, if not impossible.
Enough of this gridlock. Let’s pass Prop L so we can demand the SFMTA limit itself to one large project at a time instead of three or four. stopsfmta.com
And do not give them any more sales tax dollars. No on Prop K!

TAKE BACK OUR STREETS!

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Transportation board to vote on funding for Muni Transit Effectiveness Project

by : sfexaminer – excerpt

A project aimed at increasing Muni’s reliability, reducing travel times, limiting overcrowding and enhancing vehicle and pedestrian safety could receive a big funding boost that would help it move through the environmental review process.

San Francisco County Transportation Authority board members on Tuesday will consider allocating $13.1 million in Proposition K funds to the proposed Transit Effectiveness Project for its preliminary engineering and detailed design.

Such work is required for up to 17 specific portions of the project, which include boarding island additions, traffic lane changes and route alignments.

The request seeks money from the Proposition K bus rapid transit and Muni metro network category, which provides funds for programs to create an integrated citywide network of reliable bus and light rail transit services, according to a staff report

“There are sufficient funds in the Capital Expenditures line item of the Transportation Authority’s approved Fiscal Year 2013/14 budget to cover the proposed action,” the report states… (more)

This is one of the most highly contested programs Muni has rolled out. TEP has angered more Muni riders than almost anything the SFMTA has done lately. Not that much has made them happy. This is Muni’s plan to move the vehicles around, cutting lines and leaving some neighborhoods with less transit, while doubling up service in others. If you object, get your written objections in soon.

SFMTA Unveils New and Enhanced Bicycle-Friendly Green Waves

The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA), which oversees all transportation in the city, today announced four new green waves as well as enhancements to the city’s three existing green waves. A green wave uses modified traffic signal timing along a street so that bicyclists encounter a series of green lights as they progress down a corridor.
As part of an ongoing effort to improve the safety, comfort and convenience of bicycling in San Francisco, the SFMTA will be implementing new two-way green waves on Arguello Street (from Lake to Clement streets), Folsom Street (from 15th to 24th streets), Fulton Street (from Laguna to Steiner streets), and North Point Street (from Stockton to Polk streets). Implementation is anticipated to take place in spring 2014…
The locations of the additional green wave corridors were prioritized because they meet the technical requirements for a green wave, have existing bike lanes and high bicycle ridership volumes. This project was funded through Proposition K funds…  (More)

Remember this the next time the SFMTA requests more bonds to improve your driving experience. They mean your cycling experience. If you drive a car, vote NO on any ore funds for Muni or the SFMTA. Regardless of what they promise, the funds will be used against you.

San Francisco Taxi Drivers Need Your Support!

worleygig.com – excerpt

Indie Cab Drivers Need Show Of Numbers
San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) has usurped rights to medallions (i.e. cab permits issued by the City). MTA has announced the cancellation of the medallion waiting list system effectively shutting out cab drivers who in San Francisco are forced to operate as independent businesses, but who are subject to restrictions and regulations unheard of in other industries including double taxation
Under Prop K taxi medallions were non-transferable. They were issued exclusively to cab drivers who put their names on a waiting list. For cabbies medallion ownership brings significant advantages including choice of company to work for, shift scheduling and increased income (non-medallion cab driver income in San Francisco is approximately $20,000 a year including tips). Prop K allowed drivers who could never have afforded the purchase of a medallion to obtain one and to thereby have their own stake in the taxi industry. For the public this type of medallion system means a more experienced workforce, driving safer vehicles
Currently about 1,400 drivers are on the medallion waiting list. Drivers like San Francisco native Iza Pardiñas, one of very few women cabbies in the City, have waited 16 years or more for a medallion (she is #246 on the list). Like Pardiñas, most drivers have little or no savings and cannot afford to buy medallions which now cost $300,000 per an MTA ruling in August (and will soon be sold for $400,000 or more)… (more)

Cab driver advocate Mark Gruberg and SF cab driver Iza Pardiñas are available for interviews, please contact Fly PR for details:       T. 323-667-1344      E. flypr@flypr.net