Car-Free Market Street Studied Again

January 14th, 2009

SFCTAThe proposal to ban or restrict cars on Market Street is being considered again, this time by the SF County Transportation Authority at the request of Supervisor Chris Daly. (See also results of a previous study.) This has been considered many times before but was always rejected – Rescue Muni participated in a Transit First Market Street Alliance way back in 1996, if memory serves properly.

Whether or not cars are banned entirely, we have long supported extending the existing bus lane the full length of Market Street, or at least from Van Ness to the Embarcadero. This would be a good first step towards improving the currently glacial speed of mass transit on this important corridor.

Higher fees, service cuts likely on BART

January 14th, 2009

BARTRegional commuters on BART are likely to see fares and fees go up this year due to budget shortfalls, today’s Chronicle reports. Among the options being considered are reduced frequency on weekends (from a frequency that is already quite low), higher parking fees at peak demand times, and deferred maintenance.

Other regional systems are facing similar shortfalls, mainly due to lower tax revenues in the slowing economy, despite increased ridership. Caltrain just increased fares at the beginning of the year, and although SFMTA is in the middle of a two year budget cycle, it too is facing higher costs and lower revenues.

Fare Evasion Citations Up 50% Last Quarter

January 7th, 2009

Adult Fast PassToday’s Chronicle reports that Muni wrote just over 10,000 fare evasion tickets last quarter, for a total of over 26,000 for the year. It’s still a drop in the bucket compared with the total amount of fare evasion, but every little bit counts – particularly because fare enforcement on the buses allows legal rear door boarding, which speeds up service.

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