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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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America’s Cup 34 World Series Transit Guide

from Rincon Hill SF, a san francisco neighborhood blog:

The SFMTA and other Bay Area transit agencies have been busily working out the plans for getting people to Marina Green and other viewing locations for the August 21 – August 26 and October 2 – October 7 America’s Cup 34 World Series Races. Residents along the waterfront will have the opportunity to ride the long-talked about E-Embarcadero line from 4th and King Street (Caltrain) all the way up to Pier 39 along The Embarcadero on the weekend of August 25th and 26th. Continue reading →

 

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Wait til you see what the SFMTA just did to 8th Street

The creative juices are flowing over at the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA), fueled in part by the long-delayed approval of the bicycle plan after years of litigation and by the determined efforts of influential bicycle advocates who cast a jealous eye at some of the unusual traffic experiments happening in Europe. Prepare yourself for some weird bike lane configurations coming to your neighborhood soon.  Continue reading

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Thanks to billionaire boat owners (and no thanks to Twitter), SoMa might get some better public transit

The bounty of blessings that we’re supposed to be getting from the Twitter deal eludes me. MUNI released details yesterday about the special transit service they’ll be providing for the whiz kids at Twitter’s new 10th and Market Street headquarters. The 83X Twitter Shuttle won’t do much to solve SoMa’s transit deficit or encourage many local jobs. The busses will be hauling out-of-town workers from Caltrain to Twitter without any stops in between.  Continue reading

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