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.

New Year’s Present From Muni: Bus Lane Cameras

January 4th, 2008

Bus cameras (border)At long last Muni will have an automated way to enforce the no parking in bus lanes rule, which any rider knows is very rarely enforced now. Thanks to legislation that went into effect on January 1, SFMTA may now enforce bus lane violations via bus mounted cameras, and Muni is beginning a three month pilot program on the 14-Mission and 38-Geary lines. The fine is $100, so auto drivers, double park somewhere else, or not at all!

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!

SFCTA: Congestion Charging Could Work

July 27th, 2007

Congestion ChargingToday’s Examiner has an update on the SFCTA study of congestion charging in downtown SF. (SFCTA study page.) Rescue Muni is a supporter of this proposal, which has led to a 21% decrease in congestion (2002 to 2006), see page 27 of a long pdf report and 30% increase in bus service quality in the first year (page 68) since being introduced in London in 2003.