For the last couple of years, car owners have sat quietly watching their streets narrow to make way for bike lanes, transit lanes and parklets. They’ve also seen parking lots dwindle, parking fines increase, and parking meters expand throughout the city. Battle lines were recently drawn with the “Restoring Transportation Balance in San Francisco” ballot measure submitted to the Department Of Elections last week. This new measure aims to curb parking fee increases, direct SFMTA funds into new parking garages, and achieve better representation for motorists in the SFMTA. Pending approval, the ballot measure will be voted upon in the General Election this November… (more)
The proliferation of private workplace shuttles, which take thousands of cars off the road but often conflict with Muni vehicles, is getting the serious attention of city officials, who hope to regulate the services within the coming months.
In The City, at least 27 institutions employ private shuttles, which pick up employees in their neighborhoods and drop them off at their jobs. The shuttles use about 200 loading and unloading zones, many of them near Muni bus stops, including a huge presence on Van Ness Avenue and other busy corridors, according to the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency.
The shuttles spend about one minute at each stop, often using Muni loading zones or temporarily double-parking, which can put Muni vehicles behind schedule…“It’s time to embrace shuttles as part of the transportation system, and that means coming up with the right regulations,” said Metcalf. “The goal should be to have more of these vehicles, not less.”… (more)
More shuttles and jitneys for the public could help stem Muni loses on slow and underused routes.
A pair of painted transit-only lanes — the first of their kind in The City — are set to debut next month on a notoriously congested section of Church Street, an approach likely to be adopted on other busy arteries…
Other roads slated for painted transit-only lanes:
Someone should remind the SFMTA that Prop A* includes taxis and vanpools in the list of vehicles allowed to share transit only lanes. We assume they will follow this policy.
Someone should inform the SFMTA that the above entities are meant to supplement Muni , and should be encouraged to cover slow routes that Muni is dropping so as to continue to serve the transit needs of the public.
Transit First Policy Amended by Prop “A” approved 11/6/2007
SEC. 8A.115. TRANSIT-FIRST POLICY.
2. Public transit, including taxis and vanpools, is an economically and environmentally sound alternative to transportation by individual automobiles…
4. Transit priority improvements, such as designated transit lanes and streets and improved signalization, shall be made to expedite the movement of public transit vehicles (including taxis and vanpools) and to improve pedestrian safety.