Hey, How Come the SFMTA No Longer Allows Neighbors to Vote on These “Improvements?”
Well, last part first. Our SFMTA used to allow residents living near the sites of proposed traffic circles to have a little mini-election. The problem with that was that the SFMTA got its ass handed to it when all the “trial” circles it had just installed on Page and Waller got voted down, by like a three to one ratio, in five separate votes.
Guess what, the SFMTA Project Manager, the Lord of these rings, whose job it was to push this unwanted project through, was “sad” due to this result.
Anyway, flash forward to 2017 and now some neighbors in Jordan Park are finally just encountering construction of these ring things, and man are they pissed. They’re calling 311 to register their vote (in a different, less effective way).
We suspect that the new block by block projects are some excuse to do more damage with less funds as the fund are dying up. We feel that the best solution to a cash shortage is to finish the projects underway before starting any new ones. If you agree, please let your supervisors know. Also let them know that you support the proposed SFMTA split if you do.
The SFMTA is hailing its experiment, known as the 5L-Fulton Limited Pilot Project, as a success. Already, they say, it’s moved and consolidated stops to increase speed and ridership — on this and other tweaked routes, ridership is up 2,500 trips per day according to a report released this week. Now the renamed 5R-Fulton Rapid will soon improve further with the addition of traffic circles and a few other changes on McAllister Street to reduce travel time by 20 percent (and help the 5R-Fulton live up to its “rapid” name).
“The 5-Fulton is a critical crosstown link for the city of San Francisco, transporting over 20,000 riders daily,” Chairman of the SFMTA Board Tom Nolan said in a release of the bus that travels the length of the Richmond to Downtown. “These improvements will improve Muni’s travel time, increase reliability and support our overall Vision Zero goal to eliminate all traffic fatalities.”
So, 5 riders, get ready to race (at a safe, reasonable speed) around some traffic circles to be installed at McAllister & Steiner and McAllister & Lyon. Note that the bus stop at that latter intersection will be removed… (more)
This is the dumbest idea they have come up with yet. Traffic circles are a waste of road and slow down ALL motor vehicles including emergency ones and Muni buses. Here are some photos of Muni buses trying to get past traffic circle obstacles: https://metermadness.wordpress…
Obviously, SFMTA does not care about the requirements of emergency vehicles or how fast they can operate on the city streets. They are slowing them down all over town. I watched a fire truck sit through four traffic lights on
King Street while the traffic slowly crawled through the intersection at Third. No where for the cars to got to get out of the way.
Stops, no stops, it doesn’t matter to a fire truck.
It’s because the SFMTA dramatically overestimated its popularity and the popularity of traffic circles being plopped down in the middle of intersections.
Isn’t that pathetic? It held all these mini-elections and it lost every last one.
So these days, there are no more mini-elections and the SFMTA is free to spin however it wants…
See how that works? Instead of trying to win community support the way it did ten years ago, today’s SFMTA simply assumes whatever it does has “community support.” ‘Cause if the SFMTA had any more neighborhood plebiscites about traffic circles, it knows that it would lose once again… (excerpt)
That is why voters are expected to vote for the Restore Transportation Balance initiative and vote against the $500 million dollar bond measure. Cutting off the money supply is the only way to stop them. It stopped the escalation of parking meters and is the only thing, short of a Charter Amendment, that voters and Supervisors can do to stop the SFMTA.
When you vote in November support Supervisors who share you opinions on the SFMTA.
“I lived on Scott Street, between Oak & Fell during the last traffic circle experiment. Was nearly hit four or five times walking to Haight Street for coffee. That is a very residential neighborhood, one reason it is good to bike through. But also, a bunch of pedestrians should not have risk life and limb to cross the street…”
Indeed, Jimbo! Pedestrians wanting to cross Page would hear a car coming from a half-block away. What should they do? Would the drivers slow down? The peds wouldn’t know. Very bad! All this so that Page could eventually become a “Bicycle Boulevard?” All this so that cyclists wouldn’t have to worry about getting tickets for California stopping? Ridiculoso!]… (more)