San Francisco Transit Growth: Will The City’s Building Boom Cause A Muni Meltdown?

: huffingtonpost.com – excerpt – 1/24/2013

San Francisco Transit Growth: Will The City’s Building Boom Cause A Muni Meltdown?

San Francisco Transit Growth

SAN FRANCISCO — After decades of scant development, a barrage of new housing units are slated to be built in San Francisco at a furious pace, according to a report released earlier this month.
But the question of how to keep the city’s new residents from causing widespread gridlock looms large.
According to San Francisco’s most recent quarterly Pipeline Report, some 710 development projects are being considered, potentially offering up a staggering 43,600 new units of housing. Though it’s unlikely a large portion of those units will ever break ground, Gabriel Metcalf, the executive director of the San Francisco Planning and Urban Research Association, told The Huffington Post that “we are in the middle of a building boom.”…
Wiener recently requested that Muni begin issuing monthly reports to the Board of Supervisors detailing the state of its system. By crystallizing this data on a month-to-month basis, he hopes to see renewed political support for increasing Muni’s funding….
One such suggestion the lawmaker recently proposed? Increasing the city’s vehicle license fee for car-owners, creating funds which would ideally go directly into Muni’s coffers. Wiener hopes to place a ballot measure approving the hike before voters in 2014… (more)

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OMG, the SFMTA-Free “Forum on the Future of Transit in San Francisco” is Coming on August 18th, 2012!

sfcitizen.com/blog -excerpt

That’s right, the SFMTA isn’t sponsoring this one-day event next week and it isn’t invited neither.

SAVEMUNI.COM FORUM – THE FUTURE OF TRANSIT IN SAN FRANCISCO

SATURDAY, AUGUST 18, 2012, 10:30 AM TO 4:00 PM

Koret Auditorium, Main Library, 100 Larkin Street, S.F.

“SaveMuni.com will be holding a Forum on the Future of Transit in San Francisco at the Koret Auditorium, SF Main Library, on Saturday, August 18. Registration starts 10 am; program begins 10:30 am.

The morning session deals with the current state of transit in San Francisco, and the afternoon session takes up ideas for improvements in Muni service and financing.

Speakers include:

transportation engineer Gerald Cauthen,

disabled rights activist Bob Planthold,

Tom Rubin, CPA who has been the chief financial officer of two of the largest transit agencies in the United States,

public policy consultant Bob Feinbaum,

architect Howard Wong, and

foreperson Linda Clardy of the 2010-11 SF Civil Grand Jury.

Co-sponsors of the Forum include the Coalition for San Francisco Neighborhoods, San Francisco Tomorrow, Sierra Club and TransForm.”

(more)

We understand the sponsor of the forum plan a  twitter feedback for the participants.