Surprise move on Masonic – last minute meeting notice

Tuesday, January 26, 6:30- PM
John Adams Campus Room 139, SFMTA meeting to explain the Masonic plan to will begin construction of the Masonic bike lane project in mid-2016.  They will provide more information at this meeting. This meeting will be a good opportunity to find out information, question MTA and express your opinion about this $18 million project. Unfortunately, for some reason, the meeting may not appear. Try this: On the Masonic Streetscape page:
Click on Documents and Reports. The top report “Project Update” shows.

For questions about construction, please contact Alex Murillo at or 415.558.5296.
If you have any questions about potential added parking near Masonic Avenue, please contact Maurice Growney at or 415.701.4549.
There are two departments involved, Dept of Public Works and MTA. Write to both of them.

If you object to this project sign the Save Masonic petition and tell the supervisors and the candidates why you object and ask them what they plan to do to reign in the SFMTA. All comments go directly to the recipients.
Comments on the meeting are welcome here. Let us know if this is a Show and Tell or a serious discussion meeting.

Stop 16th Street BRT

Tuesday, January 19, 1 PM – agenda
City Hall, Room 400 SFMTA Board Meeting: Item 12. Amending Transportation Code, Division II, Section 601 to designate transit/taxi only lanes on 16th Street from Seventh Street to Church Street in the westbound direction. They want to reject the TTRP.22 Moderate Alternative as infeasible, and approve the proposed Modified Expanded project. We need to dispute this decision.(January 2016 plans) to be approved January 19 at the SFMTA Board Meeting. (Presentation) (staff report)

With all the new development, what is in the pipeline, plans for a Warriors Stadium, and Pier 70, there has not been an adequate independent traffic study addressing the cumulative impacts in the area of this project. We request a continuance.

Email or send a letter of opposition: Sample Letter

This is a dangerous plan that needs serious consideration before moving forward for a multitude of reasons.

16th Street is one of the major arterial streets that cross from East to West. It is the only street that crosses both 101 and 280.

The 22 Fillmore is one of the most popular and relied upon routes across town. Spending millions of dollars to change something that works really well for most people is insane.

Clearing all traffic on 16th Street to allow emergency vehicles only was given as the emergency plan to ally fears that Warriors Stadium traffic would limit access to the new Mission Bay medical facilities.

Adding more restrictions to an already over-burdened street that could be cleared during major emergency situations is pure lunacy.

Electric buses will be stopped in their tracks and the public will be trapped. Emergencies happen fast. Clearing a few cars off the street is one thing, but clearing a lot of buses stuck on tracks is another.

During the Loma Prieta earthquake the only thing that worked was the diesel buses that now run on clean fuel. Electric vehicles are useless without power.

Cars are not MUNI’s biggest problem. The invasive private tech and other shuttle services cause most of the MUNI delays. They are slow and constantly getting in the way of MUNI buses. Cars are fast and nimble in comparison.

This plan includes a bicycle path next to the bus lane that is totally inappropriate and dangerous. Bus drivers can’t see bicycles. There is already a bike path on 17th Street so no bike path is needed on 16th Street.

PDR businesses and small neighborhood retail merchants rely on parking for delivery, clients and customers. Making driving and parking on 16th Street more difficult will drive these businesses out at a time when the city claims it is trying to preserve them.

Stop this plan and send it back to the drawing board.


Third Street is dangerous to drive on because you can’t see the lines between the lanes. The lanes south of Hudson are constantly moving on and off the MUNI tracks without warning.

Last night I was driving in the rain on Third Street. You cannot see any where the lanes begin and end at night in the rain. Your entire attention must be on where you are going, so you have no opportunity to look for pedestrians or bicycles or anything other than “where did my lane go?” This is too dangerous. We need white lines between the lanes that glow in the dark on Third Street.

This video shows how dangerous Third Street is in the day light.

1. Drivers of cars and bikes have no time to watch for pedestrians stepping out onto the street because attention has to be given to following the winding path of the road.

2. At night in the rain the street lanes are impossible to see. The raised ridge between the street and the MUNI line is not visible. This is the most dangerous street in town for everyone.

3. What will it take for reason to prevail? Must we sue over this too?

4. The raised platforms and street trees make it MORE DIFFICULT to see pedestrians and others waiting to cross.

Support Our Van Ness Appeal And Save Money, Tress, and Historic Lamp Poles

There is a very important hearing and vote that will come before the Board of Appeals on Wednesday, 1/13/16, 5 p.m. at SF City Hall, Room 416. Can you support our Appeal? Please email TODAY!! We need supporters who can contribute to our efforts, as well as speakers to deliver a prepared message.

It involves the beautiful historic Civic Center District on Van Ness Avenue. This Appeal challenges a recent decision to remove trees, living on Van Ness Avenue since the 1950’s, and 140 historic trolley/lamp poles that were put up for the 1915 Pan-Pacific Exposition. 34 are in the historic Civic Center District. There are some other unique historic features that should be retained as well.

We are awaiting a separate decision on the fate of the remainder of the 195 trees along Van Ness. That decision will almost certainly have to be appealed also. Watch for another update on this soon.

Please note, the Mayor recently requested that all departments spend less money. Leaving the trees and lampost as they are will cost nothing and save the city millions of dollars it doesn’t have.