SFPD Traffic Department Woefully Understaffed

By Nuala Sawyer : sfweekly – excerpt

At any given point there are only eight traffic officers patrolling the entirety of San Francisco…

It’s easy to assume that a cop just wasn’t around to catch that car turning right from a middle lane or running a stop sign, but pay attention long enough, and it seems like there just aren’t any traffic officers… well, anywhere. With enforcement a key part of the Vision Zero plan to eliminate all traffic fatalities by 2024, checking in on if the San Francisco Police Department is doing their part seems like a no-brainer. And in a hearing called by Supervisor Sandra Lee Fewer on Wednesday, we learned the truth: The traffic department (formally called the Traffic Company) is incredibly understaffed… (more)

Read the full letter from Julie Kirschbaum, written October 6, 2017, that warned of training needs here

How is it possible that SF’s $11 billion budget does not buy more traffic enforcement? Who are they hiring and training why if not to run the Muni and patrol the streets?

No wonder SF is in declining into below third world standards. SFMTA is not the only city department with questionable priorities and policies. Why is City Hall mindlessly signing a 11 million dollar budget before scrutinizing it? Only Supervisor Fewer opposed the SFMTA budget. It time to return the line item veto to regain control of these agencies.

Who decided we need more parking control officers than traffic control officers? Whoever prioritized parking enforcement over traffic control should be fired.

Muni riders object to TEP service cuts. Drop the TEP!

TEP-flyer download printable  TEP flyer

TEP Route Data and Proposed Changes: http://www.sfmta.com/node/97906
A number of Supervisors have heard the message and are supporting the riders. Let your Supervisor know how you feel about spending money on TEP: Contacts here:
http://discoveryink.wordpress.com/letters-and-comments/san-francisco-officials/

San Francisco transit agency says drivers seeking parking account for 30 percent of traffic, but data questioned

by : sfexaminer – excerpt

Lost in the line of cars crawling toward the Bay Bridge every weekday afternoon are a few wayward souls: motorists looking for parking.
Exactly how many is difficult to determine. But if you ask the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency, it’s more than a few…
To promote the high-tech meters the agency began installing in eight neighborhoods in 2011, The City’s transportation planners are presenting facts that make some transportation advocates balk.
Among them is the statistic that 30 percent of all congestion in The City is caused by frustrated drivers circling the block for that elusive parking space.
That figure has been repeated by local think-tank SPUR, transit agency Director Tom Nolan and current transit agency Transportation Director Ed Reiskin — who at a Board of Supervisors meeting on May 2 proffered “20 to 30 percent” as a more accurate reflection of congestion caused by parking seekers.
It’s based on “the most comprehensive study to date that is used by the industry,” said transit agency spokesman Paul Rose.
Yet the data to back up the number is a bit thin. For instance, the figure is an average based on a total of 10 studies conducted in eight cities over a period of 80 years…
That’s too long a time frame — comparing 1920s Detroit to 2013 San Francisco is useless — and the studies included have too wide a range, from 8 percent to 74 percent, for the 30 percent “average” to be meaningful, says Tony Kelly, a neighborhood activist and staunch opponent of SFpark.
However, the transit expert who created the data doesn’t think the transit agency is being devious…
The transit agency is currently conducting its own study, using bicycles to mimic cars in select neighborhoods during the day. But in the meantime, the real number is unknown… Meanwhile, the 33 percent figure is being used to sell the public on parking meters — and the possibility of meters in residential neighborhoods.
A plan to install up to 5,000 meters in the northeast Mission district was halted after neighborhood outcry, but a long-debated plan to activate meters on Sundays and past 6 p.m. daily went into effect Jan. 1.
Parking meters produce about $50 million annually for the transit agency, half of which is from citations, Reiskin said in May… (more)

This is not exactly news, but the story bears repeating. The data used by the SFMTA is flawed. When they ask for another $600 million to “complete the streets”, JUST SAY NO to any more money. SFMTA doesn’t have a revenue problem, they have a spending problem.  And a priority problem. You may be surprised to know that This week  SFMTA’s Strategic Plan Goal goals are:
1. Make transit, walking, bicycling, taxi, ridesharing and carsharing the most attractive and preferred means of travel.

2. Improve the environment and quality of life in San Francisco.

Since when are those the goal of a transit agency?

SFMTA’s one and only goal should be to supply transportation to all the people who need it.

Bay Area bike-sharing venture rolls out Thursday

by sfexaminer – excerpt

Bay Area Bike Share will be operated by the same company that oversees New York’s bike-share, (Bike-share vendor coming to S.F. is accused of unfair labor practices.)
Thursday marks the start of the Bay Area Bike Share program, in which about 700 bicycles will be available for rent 24 hours a day at kiosks in San Francisco, Redwood City, San Jose, Mountain View and Palo Alto.
The bikes will be stationed near transit hubs and popular destinations, and they will be available mostly for short trips of 30 minutes or less, according to the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority.
The $11.2 million program will offer rows of Canadian-made, seven-speed bikes at a cost of $9 for a daily pass, $22 for three days of rides and $88 for a full year, according to the Bay Area Air Quality Management District… (more)

High priority item for SFMTA as the bridge closes and millions are left to fend for themselves. What will it take to get a raincheck on bike activities?

Comments here are welcome.