Parking crunch crimps growth at SF General

By Jerold Chinn : SFbay – excerpt

Parking at San Francisco General Hospital could soon get worse for patients and employees if a plan is not in place to figure out how the solve the parking situation, health officials said.  Health officials presented their dilemma to the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency’s Policy and Governance Committee last Friday seeking help from SFMTA staff to find solutions.

The Health Commission last Tuesday also passed a resolutions urging health officials to work collaboratively with the SFMTA find transportation and parking solutions for patients to access the hospital.

The hospital has been going through major renovations with a new hospital expected to open in December of this year and a proposed UCSF Research Building expected to open in 2019, said Kathy Jung, director of facilities and capital planning for the Department of Public Health.

Jung also said the hospital is planning to move its emergency care services from the south side to north side of campus, which will result in the loss of some parking: “Opening the new hospital and the changes to the campus that will follow have significant impact to the supply and demand of parking at SFGH.”

The hospital is expected to have an increase in demand and higher staffing levels once the new facilities are open, said Jung… (more)

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City should keep bus line

By sfexaminer – excerpt

“S.F. General faces parking crisis,” The City, Feb. 18, City should keep bus line – On the subject of transit access to San Francisco General Hospital and the shortages it is facing, your reporter stated: “Efforts will also be made to expand bicycle and public-transit access.”

May I bring to your attention the fact that in the last few weeks, the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency in public meetings has announced its intention to eliminate direct service on the 33-Stanyan bus line from the Richmond and Mission to General Hospital, a proposal residents overwhelmingly oppose.

The 33 is a crucial bus line, a vital link between the west and eastsides of town. It must not be dismantled so that poorly trained bureaucrats can justify wasting precious taxpayer dollars.

Clearly this does not indicate any expansion of public transit to General Hospital, but the opposite, and more reason to believe that the SFMTA is a grossly mismanaged agency that badly needs overhauling and a clean sweep of its corrupt board of directors.

Is the SFMTA telling The San Francisco Examiner one thing and the public the opposite?

– Nick Pasquariello, San Francisco

As I walked back from the BART station after attending the MTA Board meeting I watched a couple of buses pass by. The 55 had maybe 10 people in it. It was followed closely by the 33 line. That no had a few more people but was by no means full. Comparing that the the BART with standing room only at around 5 PM, I wonder why the rush hour buses are so much less crowded than BART.

Potrero Streetscape Improvements Community Open House – November 7

Potrero Streetscape Improvements Community Open House
Thursday November 7  6 PM – 8:00 PM
San Francisco General Hospital Second Floor Cafeteria
Find out how SFMTA proposes to slow traffic on Potrero Avenue. Potrero provides freeway access to 101 and 280 South, and is a major point of departure for San Francisco’sSouth Eastern neigbhorhoods.

  • Voice your opionions.
  • Bring your own ideas to share.
  • Demand better.
  • Support the neighborhood.

Sign the petition to save parking on Potrero: http://www.potreroparking.org/
Information on the plan: sfdpw.org/potrero