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City agency fails SoMa in first major reevaluation of Muni system in 30 years

by JIM MEKO

MUNI just discontinued the northbound #9 San Bruno bus stop at 11th and Mission Streets. I think that’s about all we’re gonna get from the Transit Effectiveness Project (TEP).

What once sounded so promising went down in flames as the result of arrogant planners and a flawed public process. The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) turned a deaf ear to a group of community leaders who had spent more than three years developing a community transportation plan.

While the Planning Department rezoned almost a quarter of the city in the Eastern Neighborhoods process without ever addressing transportation needs, the community planning process here in Western SoMa based its entire plan on transportation improvements.  Continue reading

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Help improve transit connections in the Rincon Hill neighborhood

by JAMIE WHITAKER
www.RinconHillSF.org

The Rincon Hill neighborhood has an opportunity to get local bus service again. First, the SFMTA and MUNI need to get information from us (residents, workers, or visitors who would maybe use a bus to travel to and from the waterfront along Folsom or Harrison Streets)!

Also, if you work in the neighborhood (South of Market Street, east of 2nd Street), please consider asking your HR Dept. if the survey and informational website links can be sent around the office because the City would like to gather input from commuters who might be potential users of any new local bus service with stops around Folsom Street and/or Harrison Street east of 2nd Street near the waterfront. Go direct to the survey: http://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/1718957/Rincon-Hill-Survey

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Do you drive? Would you like to earn $50 for one hour’s work?

A local consulting firm would like to speak with a few people who regularly drive in San Francisco. They will be holding a one-hour focus group in the afternoon of Tuesday, June 10 in the Upper Market area. The meeting will be run by MIG, a bay area communications and planning company, in order to reduce bias in the feedback, the client cannot be identified at this time, but will be revealed at the end of the focus group. Refreshments and $50 per participant will be provided at the meeting.

To sign up to participate, you can fill out a two-minute questionnaire that you must respond to by Wednesday June 4th: http://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/1678759/Focus-Group-Inquiry

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Muni 47 realignment part of a strategy to create better SoMa service

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The Muni 47 and 49 lines have been discussed a lot recently in the context of the Van Ness Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) project, which would create a more efficient dedicated-lane approach to transit on the heavily travelled north-south corridor running past City Hall. But the southern end of the 47 line, a realigned 27 line and the introduction of a new 11 Downtown Connector promise to provide a better focus to Muni’s SoMa service as well.  Continue reading

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Update: Ringold fully funded !!!

The vote was 10-3 and it required 10 votes to pass (a quorum issue). The final motion was to provide $1.8 million and the representative from the Transportation Authority guaranteed us an additional $200,000 to make us whole.

Kudos to Glendon Hyde and Demetri Moshoyannis too. They brought out more than a dozen folks for public comment and each and every story they told almost brought me to tears. It was a solemn and hushed crowd and an important moment for the body.

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MUNI changes coming

The Transit Effectiveness Project (TEP) is an effort, begun in 2005, to update the routes and levels of service for the MUNI system. The study is in its final stage and time to have any impact on these changes is quickly running out. The Planning Department released the Draft Environmental Impact Report earlier this month and the public comment period will end on August 26th, 2013.  Continue reading

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Where’s the bus?!

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As thousands of new residents move into the Rincon Hill neighborhood of eastern SoMa, rather than expanding good public transit to the neighborhood, MUNI has cut back on existing service and apparently has no plans to restore those cuts or expand service to what the Planning Department has billed as a “transit-oriented development neighborhood.”

Jamie Whitaker, Rincon resident and proprietor of the rinconhillsf.org blog, has run the numbers and finds that his neighbors suffer from some of the worst air quality and congestion in the city while paying a disproportionate share of property taxes.  Continue reading

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Proposal to raze I-280 linked to train and real estate deals

I-280 and 16th

by STEVEN T. JONES
San Francisco Bay Guardian

It’s a bold idea, discussed for years behind closed doors and recently announced in a strangely understated and pro-growth way: Tear down the last mile of Interstate 280 and replace it with an wide boulevard – reminiscent of the removal of the Central and Embarcadero freeways – in order to facilitate the extension of electrified Caltrain and high-speed rail tracks into the Transbay Terminal. Continue reading →

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Livable City: With Smarter Land Use, SFCTA Could Avert “Total Gridlock”

by AARON BIALICK
sf.streetsblog.org

San Francisco’s South of Market district will be crippled by gridlock within a generation unless the city makes major improvements to its transit, bicycle, and pedestrian infrastructure and implements policies that entice commuters to travel by means other than driving. That’s according to planners from the SF County Transportation Authority who aim to avert such a scenario by implementing a long-range transportation blueprint over the next 25 years [PDF]. But the blueprint misses some major opportunities to pursue transit-oriented growth, say advocates. In effect, they argue, planners are making it much harder to avoid a traffic-choked future than it has to be. Read more →

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Is the preferred alternative for Folsom Street revamp ready for prime time?

The SFMTA will propose a three lane configuration for a two-way Folsom Street to be considered in the upcoming environmental review. Click on the image above to see a high resolution PDF of the entire schematic.

If anything good can be said about the Central Corridor Plan, it might be that it gives us an opportunity to attach the final draft of the Folsom Street realignment into an environmental review study. Once the EIR is adopted, funding and implementation of the future Folsom Street Neighborhood Commercial District can begin.

Erin Miller, project manager for the Eastern Neighborhoods Transportation Implementation Planning Study (ENTRIPS), and other SFMTA staff will discuss the preferred and alternative proposals they have developed at next week’s meeting of the SoMa Leadership Council at 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, August 15. These monthly meetings are held in the community room of the Folsom/Dore Apartments at 1346 Folsom Street.  Continue reading

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