SFMTA proposes limiting vehicle access on 8th Avenue to make it a more “pleasant place to walk or bike”

: richmondsfblog – excerpt (includes maps and graphics)

UPDATE: An earlier version of this story mistakenly said that the block of 8th Ave between Anza and Balboa would be completely closed to traffic. That was incorrect and apologies for any confusion it may have caused (though clearly I had trouble making heads or tails of the confusing diagrams, which are now shown at the end of this article). – Sarah B.

Last month, the SFMTA held a public meeting about its latest brainchild for the Richmond District, known as the “8th Avenue Neighborway Project”. According to the SFMTA project website, “The goal of the 8th Avenue Neighborway Project is to make 8th Avenue a safer and more pleasant place to walk or bike to neighborhood destinations and nearby parks.”

8th Avenue is one of the few vehicle entrances to Golden Gate Park, and the most direct entrance to the major attractions in the park like the Academy of Sciences and de Young Museum. According to the SFMTA, approximately 4,700 vehicles per day travel on 8th avenue, compared to 2,450 on 7th Avenue and 1,525 per day on on 9th Avenue.

The neighborway project proposes to add traffic calming measures to 8th Avenue including 10 speed humps and two “speed cushions” to slow down traffic or divert it to other streets in the nearby area. The calming measures would extend on 8th Avenue from Lake Street to Fulton Street, and on a few adjoining blocks of 7th and 9th Avenues.

The most radical part of the plan includes limiting vehicle access to a block of 8th Avenue. 8th Avenue between Anza and Balboa would be closed off to car traffic from certain directions (see Traffic Diverter Details diagram below; yes it’s confusing)… (More)

How is this different from the Red Lanes on Mission Street? Does SFMTA have so much money and time on their hands that they have nothing better to do than harass residents and merchants by forcing them to alter their lives to fulfill the goals of SFMTA staff? Time to cut off their funds. NO more taxes or bonds for SFMTA until they stop cutting Muni service and street access and parking. We support a ballot initiative to stop the privatization of our streets.

Large numbers of residents turned up to complain about this project at the November 7 SFMTA Board meeting, linked here: http://sanfrancisco.granicus.com/MediaPlayer.php?view_id=55&clip_id=29138

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SFMTA Abandons Plans to Install Smart Meters

By: Rigoberto Hernandez : missionlocal.org – excerpt

The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency will not include the Mission and other eastern neighborhoods in its SFpark pilot program as originally planned, according to an announcement released Tuesday afternoon…

Hundreds of neighbors organized to oppose the program after learning about it late last year. The opposition culminated in a community meeting with SFMTA where the agency heard the neighbors’ wrath and agreed to work with them toward a solution. Among the chief complaints was SFMTA’s poor outreach efforts. Many noted that the only notification was through English-only notices posted on street poles…

SFMTA spokesman Paul Rose said that the SFMTA effectively moved the clock back four months.

“The proposal for each neighborhood as it stood in December will be our starting point when we engage with each area,” he said. “So we are going to continue to work with each neighborhood to submit a final proposal to the SFMTA board.”

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My head is spinning with the number of things I have heard come out of the mouths of SFMTA and SFPark. I don’t know what to believe. We mail a letter requesting a response and get none. Then we read another article about our request, or response or some other claim that WE are the difficult ones. It may be time to reconsider Ammiano’s 2008 proposal to take back some of the authority vested in SFMTA. They have done nothing to improve Muni, and have failed to balance the budget.

SFMTA seeks more parking meter revenue to balance its budget

By Steven T. Jones, sfbg.com

San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency staff and Director Ed Reiskin today unveiled a two-year budget proposal that avoids Muni fare increases or service cuts and directs more money to address the transit system’s deferred maintenance needs, but it relies on substantially increasing parking meter revenues in ways that have been tough sells before.

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Has the SFMTA ever balanced a budget? If they are so broke why are they spending money on PR trying to convince us they know what they are doing? They obviously don’t, which is why the Mayor and the Board should deny them any more money until they figure out how to manage what they have. Some of the comments on this article are evidence of just how irate the citizens of San Francisco are.

Parking meters speeding toward Mission Bay area

By: Will Reisman | 03/07/12, SF Examiner Staff Writer

Despite protests from residents in neighboring communities, The City is moving forward with plans to install parking meters in Mission Bay.

In January, the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency, which regulates traffic in The City, pulled back on a proposal to install 5,000 meters, mostly in eastern neighborhoods near Mission Bay, after hearing hundreds of residents speak out against the plan.

However, the SFMTA still plans to go through with a separate proposal to install new meters near UC San Francisco’s Mission Bay campus. Unlike the initiative that was proposed in January, these meters have already been approved for installation, agency spokesman Paul Rose said.

Read more at the San Francisco Examiner

San Francisco offices now outlaws in zoning turf war
By: Joshua Sabatini | 03/12/12 , SF Examiner Staff Writer

Read more at the San Francisco Examiner: http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/2012/03/san-francisco-offices-now-outlaws-zoning-turf-war#ixzz1ow8tL0kR
Possibly 1,000 businesses along the eastern edge of The City are operating illegally after their landlords failed to complete an amnesty program in areas where The City has adopted restrictions to protect light industry such as print shops, film production, auto repair and furniture wholesalers.

Read more at the San Francisco Examiner