Today’s Headlines

  • Driver Who Killed SJ Woman in Hit-and-Run Also Facing DUI Charges (CBS SF)
  • Drunk Driver Who Injured 5 People Sentenced to 15 Years in Prison (Mercury News)
  • BART, Muni Beef Up Security in Light of Bin Laden Death (SF Gate)
  • “Heightened Caution Slows Bay Area Transit” (SF Examiner)
  • Caltrain Ridership Increases While On-Time Performance is Down (SF Examiner)
  • Examiner Reporter Races the 14-Mission (SF Examiner)
  • N-Judah Chronicles Has the “Crappiest Monday Ever” on Muni
  • Three Hour Hearing on SF Historical Preservation Continued (City Insider)
  • Dolores Park Playground to Ready for a Facelift (SF Examiner)
  • Bike Signal Bill Passes Oregon State Senate (Bike Portland)
  • “May is Bike Month” Kicks Off in the Sacramento Area (Sacramento Press)
  • 48th Avenue Stairway Gets a Handrail (Richmond District Blog)

More headlines at Streetsblog Capitol Hill

  • Anonymous

    Don’t forget to mention the Injure and kill more SoMa pedestrians Treasure Island Plan that masquerades as a “transit-oriented development” while guaranteeing at least 1 parking space per 1 dwelling in the Developers Agreement passed the BOS Land Use Committee yesterday.

    Rincon Hill is an actual transit-oriented development with 0.5 parking spaces per 1 dwelling unit. Rincon Hill is entitled to become the most densely populated neighborhood in San Francisco, but the added traffic congestion that the EIR for Treasure Island states will occur harms our safet, health, and well-being. More traffic congestion caused by adding another 10,000 daily car trips onto the Bay Bridge guarantees decreased air quality (more breathing problems for me and my neighbors) and more pedestrian injuries and deaths from impatient drivers driving stupidly.

    San Francisco is going to have a hard time credibly instituting congestion pricing in downtown San Francisco after moving forward with this plan that guarantees more congestion on East Bay highways. As for Treasure Islabd’s $5 or $10 congestion charge – do you really think $1255 or $2510 per year will stop someone earning $100k per year and working in Silicon Valley or San Mateo from driving to work? I do not see it stopping anybody…. No different from driving across Bay Bridge from East Bay or Golden Gate Bridge right now….

    And don’t get me started on the lack of capacity to absorb another 154,000 new office workers in downtown San Francisco as planned in the Transit Center District Plan with our antiquated and strained transportation systems. Again, the planned high-density Rincon Hill neighborhood will get screwed further.

    Nobody who votes yes on the 1:1 parking ratio TI plan carries any credibility as a transit advocate, environmentalist, or public health advocate.

  • It’s a pity that the Treasure Island development wasn’t designed to be car-free–maybe allow little NEVs on the island and ZipCar and CityCarShare pods right at the connection point to Yerba Buena and the on-ramps to the Bay Bridge. Plus a bikeway on the western span of the Bay Bridge. That would have made the whole scheme much more interesting and worthy of support.

    What I don’t get about development plans for Treasure Island, however, is the sheer amount of obliviousness to two major risk factors: earthquakes and sea-level rise. Treasure Island is built entirely on landfill. Treasure Island is at sea-level. Why would anyone invest in real estate there under such conditions?

    The part of Treasure Island that will be underwater with a 1.4 meter sea level rise:

    Now it’s true that sea level rise to this extent may take a few decades, but long before the place is actually underwater there will be periodic flooding during storms. (We won’t even talk about tsunamis because we all know they never happen.) So I would expect anyone with real estate on the west side (the side with nice views of the city) to start suffering water damage on the ground floor in the next decade or so. Perhaps they are planning to build on stilts that extend all the way down to bedrock?

    I fear that taxpayers will be called upon to ultimately pay for expensive damage “that no one could have foreseen.”

    So Jamie, fear not. The next ten years will be horribly congested, but as the island reverts to wetland, it should all chill out.