Curbed SF on Geary BRT

August 12th, 2009

Go GearyThe always useful Curbed SF blog has a detailed discussion up today on the Geary Bus Rapid Transit project, which we have supported since time immemorial (well, almost). As the progress proceeds at a glacial pace, Matt of Curbed points out that the concerns about higher density and transit oriented development were much less of a problem when actual transit oriented development was happening, almost a century ago when the Municipal Railway first opened the A and B lines up Geary in 1912. So it really does not make sense to oppose restoring a small subset of the service that was available a century ago on the grounds that it will somehow make Geary less livable.

One concern, however – in the design of the BRT project, why are high quality shelters with NextBus proposed for “most” stops? The whole point of BRT is to upgrade the service at ALL stops.

SFCTA: Geary BRT Needs Center Bus Lanes

May 5th, 2009

Go GearySFist had an excellent blog post yesterday about the SFCTA’s study of the proposed Geary Bus Rapid Transit project. In brief, the project team agrees with us that the dedicated bus lanes should run down the center of the street, in dedicated right of way, as most of SF’s light rail lines do (e.g. T-Third). The SFCTA also backed our call for a “rail ready” project that can be easily upgraded to light rail in the future, as funds become available.

Geary BRT Meetings This Week

December 3rd, 2008

Go GearyWant to influence the proposed Bus Rapid Transit project for Geary Boulevard? The SFCTA and MTA are holding meetings this week to get your input. Attend one and voice your support for this project – and for a rail-ready plan! This is part of the EIS/EIR “scoping comment period” required for environmental review.

Thursday, December 4, 2008, 6-8 pm: Self Help for the Elderly / Jackie Chan Activity Center, 408 22nd Avenue (at Geary)
Saturday, December 6, 2008, 10 am – 12 noon: Tenderloin Community School, 627 Turk Street (at Polk)

Both locations are served by the (non-rapid) 38 Geary bus.

Newsom forum Saturday; McGoldrick recall fails; Bad parking ballot measure

June 28th, 2007

Some miscellaneous Muni related news:

  • Mayor Newsom is holding a forum on transportation Saturday, June 30, at 10:00am at Jean Parker Elementary School, 840 Broadway at Powell. (pdf notice, details below the jump.) Come ask your tough Muni questions!
  • Proponents of a recall of Supervisor Jake McGoldrick, led by anti-Muni activist David Heller, have failed to get enough signatures to put the recall on November’s ballot. This is great news for proponents of the Geary BRT project.
  • Mayor Newsom also restated his support for stop consolidation as part of the Transit Effectiveness Project yesterday.
  • A ballot measure that would require big increases in parking in new buildings (and would be horrible for mass transit) is circulating right now. We’re with SFist: don’t sign it! (More on this at SFist or you can read the whole proposal at SPUR‘s site (pdf).
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    Geary BRT Celebration 1 pm today

    June 22nd, 2007

    Go GearySupporters of the Geary BRT project, join the Go Geary team for a celebration of the recent unanimous vote by the SFCTA Board to approve the feasibility report for the project. Supervisor McGoldrick is confirmed to attend:

    Saturday June 23, 1:00-4:00 p.m.
    Rossi Playground (Arguello and Anza)