Muni boosts service starting this weekend

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San Francisco Muni riders are getting a boost in Muni service starting this Saturday.

The Municipal Transportation Agency is increasing frequency on some of Muni’s heaviest lines and adding new amenities to transit shelters. With more than an average of 700,000 daily boardings, the transit agency said this is its biggest service increase in decades.

SFMTA Director of Transportation Ed Reiskin said as complex as it is running a transit system, it was clear what riders wanted:

“It’s really pretty simple in terms of what they want. What they’re looking for is a bus or a train that’s going to show up with reasonable level of reliability and a vehicle they can actually get on when it does show up.”…

SFBay reported earlier this month that Muni lines like the 10-Townsend, 14-Mission, 28-19th Avenue and 38-Geary will have more frequent service during the morning and evening commutes (Full list of service increases and route name changes)… (more)

Inner Sunset Streetscape Design Review Draws a Lively Crowd

Inner Sunset Streetscape Design Review Draws a Lively Crowd
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San Francisco Public Works (DPW) held a community meeting last night at the County Fair building (1199 9th Ave.) to present revised plans for the Inner Sunset phase of the Irving Streetscape Improvements Project. Once completed, DPW says the project will shorten travel times and “provide a safer and more inviting environment for pedestrians, motorists and transit riders.”

The presentation reviewed proposals for Irving Street between 9th and 5th avenues. Project manager Mike Rieger said the goals for this section of streetscaping were to add green space and new, safe transit amenities, as well as community spaces “which reflect the neighborhood identity.” Project costs are covered by a 2011 Road Repaving and Street Safety Bond (more)

22-Filmore Could see boost from proposed left turn bans

Rush hour commutes on the 22-Fillmore might get a bit quicker soon, thanks to some traffic rule changes that are in the works.

As tipster Allison Y. noted, the SFMTA is proposing to ban left turns on Fillmore at Oak and Fell during peak morning and evening traffic hours. Specifically, that means left turns would be outlawed on weekdays from 7am-9am and 4pm-6pm, on Fillmore northbound at Fell and southbound at Oak…

This Friday, the SFMTA will hold a public hearing to consider the proposed new rules, among dozens of other traffic and transit tweaks. The hearing takes place this Friday, April 17th at 10am at City Hall, Room 416…

You can review the slated changes at the link above, and take a survey that will help inform Muni’s proposals here (more)

SFMTA Draft Proposal to Remove Parking from 200 Bock of Eddy

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As businesses on the 100 block of Eddy Street petition for the community’s support to remove public parking from the north side of the street, the SFMTA has drafted proposed legislation to remove public parking from the north side of the 200 block of Eddy Street in front of Boeddeker Park.

Mark Lee, assistant engineer at the SFMTA, said that the legislation is being sponsored by the SF Rec and Park department and will be reviewed by the SFMTA’s Transportation Advisory Staff Committee on May 14th. The public hearing could potentially take place on June 5th.

Based on conversations with SFPD and Rec & Park, Lee said that “the tow-away zone that we’re thinking about having is 132-feet on the north side of Eddy from Jones. We would still have about four parking spaces for part-time passenger loading for the actual park itself.” The tow-away zone would restrict parking 24/7 and the passenger loading spaces would be available during park hours (9am-7pm) only…

If you’d like to weigh in, the meeting will take place at 11am today at the Tenderloin Police Station (301 Eddy St.). We’ll keep you updated as efforts to remove parking on the 100 and 200 blocks of Eddy Street continue to progress…  (more)