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by Bryan Goebel
The Mayor’s office is swindling the Board of Supervisors by transferring the SFPD Traffic Company to the MTA.
The MTA cannot run the complex transit system effectively, so the solution to that seems to be to pile on the impossibly complex policy black hole of the Taxi Commission onto them and now to shield the Traffic Company from any Board of Supervisors policy oversight by giving control over that to the MTA.
The Board of Supervisors should cut the SFPD budget by the amount paid by Muni for the Traffic Company, keep the Traffic Company at the SFPD and “foot patrol” the hell out of the Traffic Company to compel, with legislation, compliance with Transit First enforcement.
Further, the BofS should make the POA figure out how to plug the budget gap which is a direct result of shifting the burden from the 25% “loss leader” raises given out 2 years ago from a department that is as good at protecting us from violent crime to the MTA which cannot run a timely transit system.
The MTA has been unable to use the DPT to keep transit moving, why would they be able to use the SFPD to do the same? I would imagine that the parochial and cranky cops would ignore directives from the MTA leaving the Board no leverage, the cops laughing all the way to the bank and us stuck in a Muni death spiral.
“Given the ton of bikes, it is such a travesty that between 8th St. and the Embarcadero it is a total traffic free-for-all with essentially no bike infrastructure at all (green sharrows notwithstanding).”
– John Rogers
In response to "Just a Reminder: There Are a Ton of Bikes on Market Street"