General Meeting Monday, October 1, 7 pm

September 28th, 2007

Our next General Meeting will be on Monday, October 1, at 7 pm at SPUR (312 Sutter at Grant, 5th Floor). Our guest speakers will be Mayor Gavin Newsom and Dave Snyder from SPUR and the Yes on A / No on H (Transit not Traffic) campaign.

The Rescue Muni Board has recommended an endorsement of Mayor Newsom for re-election. Come with your tough questions for the Mayor on transit! Also the board has recommended a Yes vote on Propositions A (Muni Reform) and C (Public Hearings on Ballot Measures), and a No vote on Proposition H (Parking for Downtown). We will review and vote on these proposals.

Also we will vote on proposed new Bylaws for Rescue Muni, and discuss the proposed Washington Square extension to the Central Subway project.

Refreshments will be served. See you there!

Update: All endorsements and the bylaws were approved by the members. Mayor Newsom also made it clear that he has joined us in opposition to Prop H, in addition to support for Prop A. Thank you to all who attended!

MTA: Muni Can Meet 85% Standard … By 2012

September 25th, 2007

The MTA gave a briefing yesterday morning to its Board of Directors on what would need to be done to meet the Prop E mandated 85% on time standard, and it wasn’t pretty. According to staff, Muni would need an additional $150 million per year to achieve the standard mandated by voters in 1999, and it won’t happen until 2012, five years from now and thirteen years after it was passed.

Update: Detailed powerpoint on On Time Performance is at the MTA website. (pdf)

Couldn’t it happen faster than that, particularly if basic steps like expanding and enforcing transit lanes, consolidating stops, implementing Proof of Payment systemwide, using already installed signal pre-empts, and dispatching trains in order from Embarcadero were taken? The SF Transit Effectiveness Project is studying these proposals and others.

Yes on A Campaign Needs You!

September 20th, 2007

Yes on AThe Yes on A / No on H campaign needs your help to promote Muni Reform to voters this fall. Sign up now on the Yes on A website!

This measure will increase funding to Muni and also improve accountability for Muni managers. For more on Prop A, see the summary on Prop A’s site, or review our Muni Reform category.

Update: The No on H campaign has also been launched. Both can be reached via the Transit not Traffic page.

SFTEP: Fix Top Corridors

September 20th, 2007

It’s fairly obvious, but sometimes doing the obvious is exactly what is needed. The SF Transit Effectiveness Project‘s latest report states that by focusing Muni’s efforts on improving reliability on the 10 most heavily used corridors, public confidence in and ridership on Muni would improve.

SFTEP has a Citizens’ Advisory Committee meeting Monday evening at 5 pm to discuss. These meetings are at Muni HQ at 1 South Van Ness (near Van Ness Muni Metro) and are open to the public.

Congestion Pricing Study Workshop 10/17

September 19th, 2007

Congestion ChargingThe SF County Transportation Authority is moving forward with its study of congestion pricing for downtown SF. Similar programs in London, Singapore, Stockholm, and elsewhere, leading to big reductions in auto traffic and double-digit percentage improvements in mass transit speed and reliability.

In SF there will be a public workshop on October 17 from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at the Milton Marks Conference Center in the State of California building, 455 Golden Gate Ave. Come and comment!