Rescue Muni Steering Committee
to the draft plan from SFCTA, as well as discussion drafts that we have
reviewed previously, Rescue Muni recommends the following specific
additions to the plan, all part of our expansion platform.
Specific Recommendations concerning the Sales Tax Reauthorization /
Approved May 14, 2003
Geary "Rail Ready" Rapid Transit Project
strongly supports the construction of a Light Rail line along the Geary
Corridor with access to downtown, Chinatown and potentially South of
Market. With limited capital funds available in the
re-authorization of Prop. B due to priority given to transit maintenance
and rehabilitation projects, Rescue Muni is advocating an innovative,
staged approach to implementing Rapid Transit along the Geary Corridor.
For the funds
that will be provided by re-authorization of Prop. B, we are advocating
for a BRT project along Geary Blvd. (from Laguna to the Beach) that will
This means, that when we raise additional funds to implement rail on
Geary (including a downtown subway with connections to the Central
Subway), it will be very easy to convert the BRT lanes to rail with
minimum disruption to the street or to transit service. Mandatory
for this project are exclusive
right-of-way (ROW) in the western portion of Geary Blvd. with concrete
slabs suitable for supporting light rail, bus stations as opposed to
stops, signal pre-empts, real-time information displays, and ticket
elements of the Geary Rail BRT program to facilitate future construction
of Geary Light Rail may include some or all of the following:
right-of-way (ROW) from Beach (probably Point Lobos) to existing bus
only lanes, including stations.
existing bus only lanes in Tenderloin (color pavement, consider
Masonic Auto Tunnel & build additional auto lanes over tunnel &
Separations at Fillmore/Webster (possibly re-using auto tunnel),
Scott/Divisadero, Park Presidio, and Arguello.
Lay tracks in
surface portion of ROW from Laguna to the beach. (Wires not
necessary at this time.)
box over Stockton/Post Station of Central Subway while Central Subway
is being constructed. (Note: This requires a 4th St. alignment for the
plan and EIR for, and make it City policy to search for funding to
complete, the rail portion of this project. This includes subway
from Laguna to Embarcadero Station via Stockton & Pine St.
Caltrain Electrification and Express
this project as proposed without further delay. We also support
the proposed move
of the Paul Ave. station to Oakdale, a project that is
in the draft plan.
3. Caltrain Downtown Extension to a new Transbay Terminal
this project as proposed without further delay. We also recommend
addition of the crucial 16th Street grade separation as part of the new
Caltrain tunnel to downtown.
Van Ness BRT
support this project as proposed. "Rail Ready" treatment is not
necessary for this corridor as it will continue to serve a large number
of buses in the future.
full Bus Rapid Transit treatment of this corridor from Division and
Potrero to Bayshore Transit Center via Potrero and Bayshore, including
center dedicated ROW, stations, real-time information services, signal
pre-empts, ticket machines, and so on. Concrete slabs in the
busway suitable for supporting rail should also be included if this can
be done at low cost (see "Rail Ready" Geary concept above). As
with other BRT projects, it is not necessary to buy new rolling stock
for this project, but as rolling stock is replaced it should be replaced
with equipment more suited to BRT (in particular, modern low-floored
16th Street BRT
full Bus Rapid Transit treatment of this corridor from Bryant to Third,
including center dedicated ROW, stations, real-time information
services, signal pre-empts, and so on. We support the "Rail Ready"
design here to facilitate a possible future streetcar line between
Third Street and Castro (this could be used by modern or historic
Golden Gate Park Historic Streetcar ("G-line")
endorse the proposed historic streetcar connection from Ninth and
Irving to the Music Concourse in Golden Gate Park. An option for
further study is the extension of this service to the new Geary Light
Rail service when it is completed.
Fort Mason Historic Streetcar ("E-line")
the proposed historic streetcar from Fisherman's Wharf to Fort Mason,
with provision for future extension to the Presidio.
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