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.
In November, voters will decide the outcome of Measure BB, which would increase the county sales tax by 0.5 percent in order to raise revenue for Alameda County transportation improvements.
If approved, Measure BB would secure the sales tax for 30 years with revenue allocated to transportation groups such as BART and AC Transit in order to modernize and improve transportation options within the county…
Jerry Cauthen, a transportation engineering consultant and volunteer for the Bay Area Transportation Working Group, said he does not support the measure because the plan fails to set concrete, reliable goals.
Community groups supporting the measure, however, emphasize the importance of improving and expanding access to public transportation in Alameda County…
“Berkeley used Measure B money for bicycle boulevards which provide a safe crossing to a busy street,” said Dave Campbell, program director of Bike East Bay. “Even a parent with a kid feels comfortable. If cyclists think it is safer, they are more likely to ride.”… (more)
This has a familiar ring to it. Could be because it is part of the Plan Bay Area.
SamTrans leaders decline to answer questions after insiders disclose a “second set of books” used to track how millions in public dollars were spent at the transit district.
A former SamTrans accountant has disclosed a second set of books he said the district used to hide millions of public dollars by logging fake and inflated expenses. The NBC Bay Area Investigative Unit filed a records request to verify these claims, and uncovered more than a million dollars’ worth of expenses that had no back up… (more)