Mission Street

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The supervisor to contact is :  District 9 Hillary Ronen

 Not that many cars on Mission. Buses appear to get in each other’s way.

The red transit lanes in San Francisco’s Mission District are causing confusion for drivers. The data shows red lanes in the Mission District reinforces gentrification and hurt small businesses.

The MTA has decided to move forward with the rollout of Red Lanes on 16th St, using a federal grant the City applied for and with survey data from 2014. The community has an opportunity to come out and speak on the Red Lanes being put onto 16th St, but, a strong resistance is growing. No one likes Red Lanes. Mission Merchants Survey show that Red Lanes kill business.

Early Resistance to the Red Lanes took us to Sacramento:
Presentation: Mission Street Red Lanes

Where does the SFMTA get the right to put Red transit-only Lanes on Mission Street and how do we get rid of them if we don’t like them? 

Caltrans CTCDC, (California Traffic Control Devices Committee) authorizes “experiments” on public streets. One of the Geary merchants attended one of their meetings on March 3, 2016 and expressed his concern over the red lane experiments. Since that meeting, many San Francisco citizens have written letters to the CTCDC opposing them. (down load the ctcdcbrochure)

Authority Questions : It seems that SFMTA did not have the right to just paint the streets red at will. The right to conduct experiments on our public streets is granted by CTCDC and comes with conditions, including requirements for timely execution and analysis of the effects of the tests.

Questions regarding the tests areas: When CTCDC Chair Greenwood inquired as to whether the installation of the red transit lanes had expanded beyond the areas approved by the committee Mr. White replied that the installation had been used specifically in the 24/7 lanes rather than the part-time lanes. I’m Not sure what that means, but, he went on to say the only place where the lanes had been expanded beyond those shown on the map was Market Street from Fifth to Third, for consistency.

Why did Mr. White fail to mention the red transit-only lanes on Mission Street south of 16th Street?  According to the map and list of allowable streets I have seen, this portion of Mission Street is not included in the experimental areas. According to an article that ran in the SF Examiner on February 22, 2016, the red lanes were going in prior to that March 3, 2016 meeting. We are looking forward to a December 6 meeting with the CTCDC in Sacramento.

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  1. the red carpet has definitely deterred my from wanting to go any where near Mission street. I have 3 children, who I drive to 3 schools. no I am not taking a bus on Mission street for an errand. I will find somewhere else to shop.

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