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Surprise move on Masonic – last minute meeting notice

Tuesday, January 26, 6:30- PM
Masonic/Hayes,
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:  http://www.sfmta.com/masonic
Click on Documents and Reports. The top report “Project Update” shows.

For questions about construction, please contact Alex Murillo at Alex.M.Murillo@sfdpw.org or 415.558.5296.
If you have any questions about potential added parking near Masonic Avenue, please contact Maurice Growney at Maurice.Growney@sfmta.com 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.

NO MORE WIGGLE STREETS! BRING BACK STRAIGHT LANES

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 vannesscoalition@gmail.com 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.

 

 

SFMTA Approves 19th Avenue Rapid Project To Cut Traffic, Travel Times

According to SFMTA, the 28 and 28R bus lines that run along the 19th Avenue corridor are “one of Muni’s busiest,” carrying approximately 15,000 riders each day. Other Muni Forward projects in the Inner Sunset include the N-Judah Rapid Project and the Inner Sunset TEP Streetscape Project. The ongoing Sunset Tunnel Trackway Improvement Project, which required rush-hour passengers to take shuttle buses to Church & Duboce this morning, is another Muni Forward project.Last week, Muni’s Board of Directors approved the 28 19th Avenue Rapid Project, which calls for multiple capital improvements that will boost pedestrian safety and shorten travel times along the 28/28R bus line by 20 percent. The project is part of Muni Forward, a system-wide initiative created to improve transportation infrastructure for “core routes serving nearly 70 percent of all riders.”

The project approved last week will create 49 pedestrian bulb-outs along 19th Avenue, as well as 21 “transit bulbs” for passenger boarding and disembarking. As part of the work, SFMTA plans to consolidate several stops and expand service for the 28R-19th Avenue Rapid next year. After the project’s design phase is completed next summer, construction work will roll out through 2018, culminating in a street repaving that summer.

Here’s a visual summary of the proposed changes along 19th Avenue:

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Approval of Wiggle Project Delayed, Divisadero Turn Restrictions Debated

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A final vote on the Wiggle Neighborhood Green Corridor Project has been delayed, as at least one neighborhood group withholds its support in response to proposed traffic restrictions on Divisadero.

The project, which has been in the works for about two years, is a joint effort by the SFMTA and SFPUC to both calm traffic in the area and install technologies to better absorb rainwater and prevent flooding along the Wiggle. It would involve corner sidewalk bulb-outs at various points along the popular bike route, coordinated signals on Divisadero to improve the flow of traffic, a raised crosswalk at Steiner and Hermann to enhance pedestrian safety, and permeable pavement to allow rainwater to soak into the ground instead of the sewer system, among various other changes in the area.

But there’s one specific issue that appears to be holding up the project.

According to a recent SFMTA document, left turns would be prohibited on Divisadero at the following streets “to reduce clogging and prioritize through-traffic”:

  • Haight (southbound)
  • Hayes (both directions during peak hours only)
  • McAllister (both directions during peak hours only)

That proposal has apparently riled some neighbors, and the Lower Haight Merchants and Neighbors Association (LoHaMNA) is currently refusing to back the plan due to the turn restrictions. The project was originally scheduled to head to the SFMTA Board of Directors next Tuesday, May 19th for final approval. While the SFMTA hasn’t announced why the project has been struck from next week’s agenda, the timing indicates that the left-turn issue may be a factor. …(more)

Muni boosts service starting this weekend

By Jerold Chinn : sfbay – excerpt

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)