Bike Plan Open House Tonight

March 26th, 2008

Many Muni riders also ride bikes, or would like to, if it weren’t so dangerous. If this describes you, tonight’s Bike Plan Open House should be of interest to you. SFMTA has been working on a comprehensive Bike Plan for SF for some years now, and although it has been delayed by a lawsuit, it’s now ready for public input. Among the proposals: bike access to Muni light rail vehicles, as is available now in San Jose and Sacramento. (Our friends at the SF Bike Coalition have been deeply involved in this process.)

The open house is today, March 26, 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., at the 101 Grove Street (Health Department) auditorium. Civic Center Muni/BART station is nearby, along with many other lines.

Make Art From Those Expired Fast Passes

March 25th, 2008

Adult Fast PassWhat to do with your Muni pass once the month is up? Send it to John Kuzich for his art project, profiled today in the Chronicle. No word as to whether parking cards and expired TransLink Pilot Program cards are also accepted.

Rerouted M Line in Parkmerced?

January 22nd, 2008

M Ocean ViewThe Parkmerced apartment complex is proposing a renovation that would add more housing and otherwise modify its layout, to make the complex more urban in style. Part of the proposal is a rerouting of the M line (see map) through the campus to serve the increased population.

This could be an interesting transit oriented development, but several concerns come immediately to mind, notably the increased running time and possible increased delays that the proposed route would take. (From the map, it appears that the current straight shot up 19th Ave. would be replaced by a detour through the center of the complex – and it’s not even clear that it would be on private right of way.) Unless such a project is planned very carefully to use only private right of way and give the streetcars priority at every intersection, this could cause serious problems for the M line’s existing riders, particularly those who commute from SF State to Balboa Park.

It’s not at all clear if Parkmerced has had any discussions with MTA, the CAC, or riders over this proposal. If it does look like it has some chance of happening, we will make sure to follow it closely and demand that the current line not be slowed down any further.

Muni miscellany

July 22nd, 2007

Some news this week:

  • From the Examiner Saturday: Apparently a deal has been made by Supervisor Peskin and Muni unions concerning the Muni re-reform measure now before the board. Unfortunately the article isn’t up on the Examiner website yet.
  • 90 percent of riders in a recent SFTEP survey say reliability is the #1 issue facing Muni. 65% of those who don’t ride say reliability is the main reason why not.
  • Muni posts feedback it received on proposed new bus shelter designs. Check to see that your comment is there!
  • A bit old but interesting follow up to our recent Central Subway discussion: A report by Tom Matoff late last year was highly critical of the cost effectiveness of the project, which is important not least because it would require hundreds of millions of dollars in federal funding. (Matt Smith column of January 3; also a Chronicle report in January.) The report was presented at the MTA Board in March – we can’t find it online, does anyone have it?
  • 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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