These are archived headlines from the RESCUE MUNI home
page for 2003.
19 Dec 2003
Central Subway in the News
Headline: Pelosi secures federal money for S.F. subway
"Light rail to go from ballpark to Chinatown"
(Edward Epstein, SF Chronicle Washington Bureau)
"Why the new mayor should spend his political honeymoon
taking the doggle out of a boondoggle known as the Central Subway"
(Matthew Smith, SF Weekly)
12 Nov 2003
Friday: Public Hearing on N-Judah Stop Consolidation
The Department of Parking and Traffic (DPT) is holding a
public hearing on reducing inbound N-Judah stops in the
area of Carl, Hillway, and Willard streets from 3 to 2, and
moving both inbound and outbound stops. Please attend on
Friday, November 14, at City Hall, Room 416, to show public
support for faster light rail transit and to provide input
as to how best implement improvements. Public input is a
strong driving factor in the decision-making process; your
active participation will make a difference. The
Rescue Muni Metro Committee suggested consolidation long
ago to reduce passenger delays, which in this area include
a number of passenger stops, track crossovers, and turns.
If you cannot attend, you may also mail or fax comments to:
Muni Service Planning
1145 Market Street, Suite 402
San Francisco, CA 94103
Fax: (415) 934-5747
Mayoral Candidates' Forum and
General Meeting 8/21/03
There has been some neighbor concern about speeding light
rail vehicles in this area. Muni collected some data which
does not seem to indicate a strong link between extra
passenger stops and less speeding, and which also shows
that LRV traffic stays within a few miles an hour of the
speed limit. The raw data (Excel
is available for your inspection.
Who should be SF's next
Mayor? Help us find out! Join us for a Mayoral Candidates' Forum on
Transportation Issues on Thursday, August 21, 2003 at 5:30 PM SHARP.
We'll quiz the leading mayoral candidates on crucial SF
transportation issues including Muni, the Caltrain extension,
parking vs. transit lanes, and more. Bring your tough
questions! Refreshments will be served. [The time has
been moved up from 6pm to accommodate the candidates; don't be
8/20/03: Some candidates
have responded to our questionnaire (see below). Read responses
from Angela Alioto (HTML, RTF), Tom Ammiano (MS Word, HTML), Susan Leal (MS Word, HTML), Gavin Newsom (HTML, MS Word), Tony Ribera (HTML), and Jim Reid
(HTML, MS Word).
8/20/03: We'll also be
considering Proposition K (Expenditure Plan and Sales Tax
Extension); the Steering Committee recommends a YES
Candidates: We are asking all candidates to fill
out our questionnaire - if
you haven't already been invited, please submit it to board at rescuemuni.org as soon as possible to be
considered for the event. All questionnaire answers will
be posted here and distributed at the forum.
Metro Committee 8/13, 6 p.m.
The Metro Committee meets on Wednesday,
August 13, at 6 p.m., at SPUR (312 Sutter).
6/25 on Expenditure Plan
6/17/03: San Francisco is considering a
possible 30-year extension of the current 1/2 cent sales tax,
based on a draft Expenditure
Plan developed by the SF
County Transportation Authority with input from an Advisory
Committee including several Rescue Muni members. (Project
highlights include Bus Rapid Transit, Geary Rail, and the
Caltrain Downtown Extension. See RM recommendations.)
We will be holding a General
Meeting with a detailed briefing on this subject on
Wednesday, June 25, at 6
pm at SPUR (312 Sutter, 5th floor). Guests will include
Jose Luis Moscovich,
Executive Director of SFCTA; Jose Cisneros, head of Capital
Planning at Muni; and Tom
Radulovich, chair of the Expenditure Plan Advisory
Committee. Bring your tough questions on how SF taxpayer
dollars will be used. (Refreshments will be served!)
Rescue Muni's Recommendations
Concerning Proposed Sales Tax Extension
5/18/03: We passed detailed recommendations
concerning the proposed Expenditure Plan this week at the
Steering Committee. This is based on our Service Expansion Resolution,
still formal Rescue Muni policy.
Extension of 1989 Prop. B Sales Tax
5/4/03: To maintain and expand San
Francisco's transportation system, the San Francisco County Transportation
Authority has collected and distributed a half-cent sales
tax since Proposition B was passed in 1989. Now, most of
the funds from this tax have been spent (it expires in 2010),
and the authority is considering a new Expenditure Plan and the
possible renewal of the tax. An Expenditure Plan Advisory
Committee has been formed to consider this; Rescue
Muni chair Andrew Sullivan and Steering Committee member David
Pilpel (alternate) are on it. Meetings are open to
the public; the final meeting is on Tuesday, June 24, 2003, at 6:00 PM. All
meetings are at the SFCTA offices, 100 Van Ness Avenue,
2003 Muni Riders' Survey - Submit Your
5/4/03: We are now beginning to compile
the data submitted during the survey. PLEASE submit your data if you
haven't already! Please use our Online
Survey Form to submit them. Excel users may
also submit data with the Excel Submission Form (email
If you observed vehicles as they go by, mail your
Observation Form to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Updated 3/26/03: Rescue Muni is once again
conducting its annual survey of Muni performance. If
you're a member, you'll get forms in the mail - but you can get
a head start by downloading and printing out the Survey Form. Use this form every time you ride Muni in
If you have a few hours to donate to the cause, please
download our Observation
Form and record when all vehicles pass a particular
location during the time you observe. For best
results, pick a location where major routes intersect (e.g.
Geary and Fillmore, Haight and Masonic, 19th and Holloway).
Last year, Muni showed
significant improvement, cutting delays to 14% of riders delayed. With the
budget crunch this year, will Muni continue to get better?
We need YOU to help us
SFCTA Open House
on Sales Tax Expenditure Plan
6/15/03: If you're interested in San
Francisco's plans for public transit expansion, including a
possible extension of the current 1/2 cent sales tax, come to
an Open House (pdf) held by
the SF County Transportation
Authority Monday, June 16,
at 6 pm, at 401 Van Ness (Green Room, Second Floor) at
Rescue Muni (Andrew Sullivan, Chair, and David Pilpel,
Steercom Member) has been participating in an Expenditure Plan
Advisory Committee to make recommendations on how to spend 30
years' worth of sales tax revenues. (See RM recommendations.) Come see
the most recent drafts and provide your feedback!
Prevent Service Cuts - Speak On Behalf Of Parking
3/26/03: Muni's very difficult FY 2004
budget depends on, among other things, increased parking fines
to close the budget gap. We need YOU to tell your Supervisor that you support
increasing parking fines to prevent the service cuts
that would happen it this approx. $10 million in increased
revenue is not made available! Write your Supervisor or
comment at this
Thursday's Finance Committee meeting. (
PDF of the proposal is also available.)
25 Cent Fare Increase?
Rescue Muni's members passed a series of recommendations concerning the
proposed fare increase at the General Meeting. In particular,
we recommend that parking fees rise by the same percentage
amount as Muni fares.
2/12/03: We passed
additional recommendations in our February Steering Committee meeting. A
letter to Muni and the MTA board is forthcoming.
General Meeting With Michael Burns 1/27
proposed to the MTA board a
fare increase to cover a $38 million budget gap. Cash
fare would go up to $1.25, token to $1.05, fast pass to $43.75,
cable car to $3. We'll link to Muni's detailed proposal
as soon as it's on the web.
What do you think? Rescue Muni hasn't taken a
position on this subject, though we have existing positions on
parking fees (raise them along with fares) and the need to
maintain service quality.
We've scheduled a General
Meeting on the subject with Director of
Transportation Michael Burns on January 27 (Monday)
at 6 p.m., at
SPUR (312 Sutter, 5th floor). Come hear a briefing on
Muni's finances - and bring your ideas on how to fund the
railway / save money!
You can also send us your comments at board at rescuemuni.org,
or discuss fares and budget on our Yahoo Group
(it's free to subscribe).
Help Promote Geary Rapid
Muni presented a vision for rapid transit on Geary at the
Planning Association of the Richmond yesterday. You can
see the slides here.
12/18/02: Rescue Muni
urges San Francisco to build rapid transit on the Geary
Corridor, first Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) and then
Light Rail. Read our recommendations in our Service Expansion
Resolution; you can see recommended routes on our draft
expansion maps, phase 1 (BRT)
We circulated a petition to promote Geary Rapid Transit on
Friday, December 20, during the evening rush hour.
We need YOU to participate in future events like
this! To participate, please email Allison Drucker at
the Steering Committee at board at rescuemuni.org.
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