Today’s Headlines

  • Central Subway “Has Become the Most Divisive Issue in the Mayor’s Race” (SFGate)
  • BART to Repay Customers $202,000 in Car Parking Fees Due to Glitch (SF Examiner)
  • Friday Late-Night BART Service On the Table Again (SF Examiner, CBS 5)
  • BART Police Post Annual Report on Complaints Against Officers (CoCo Times)
  • SFGate‘s Ken Garcia: “Costly Road Repairs Should Be in City Budget, Not Bond Measure”
  • Team of Tech-Savvy Residents Builds “SMART Muni” iPhone App Over a Weekend (SFGate)
  • Caltrain Budget Balanced Until at Least 2013 (SF Examiner)
  • CAHSR Route Being Revised Between Fresno and Bakersfield (LAT)
  • Rivalry Brews Between Parking Reformers, Affordable Housing Advocates in CA (CP&DR)
  • California Highway Patrol Trying to Kill Three-Foot Passing Law for Bicycles (CalBike)
More headlines at Streetsblog Capitol Hill
  • mikesonn

    Those who say the Central Subway isn’t needed  have  “never ridden the 30-Stockton in their life,” Ting said.

    — Actually, if you have ridden the 30/45/8x, you’d know that most ride it as a two block shuttle or as a drop off at Market to catch BART. Tell me which Chinatown regulars will walk down 9 flights of stairs, wait as long as they would for a bus, ride .5 miles, climb back up 9 flights of stairs, then walk 1000′ only to have to go back down several flights to BART. IT WON’T HAPPEN. They’ll be back on the 30 after one try (if they even try it once). Oh, but the 30 will see major service reductions so now we’ll have less buses with the same amount of people while paying to operate an expensive subway that no one is using.

    Now, if we made Stockton transit only (even only during peak commute hours), we’d see a huge increase in travel time. This would allow the same number of buses to complete their route quicker and in essence provide MORE service. Also, I would like to see SFMTA address Recology doing Stockton St garbage collection from 5pm-6pm, double parking and slowing Stockton to a crawl. SFMTA should also run a “shuttle” bus (low floor preferably) that would route from Mission, up 3rd, Sutter, Stockton, turn around on Union to Columbus, back down Stockton, 4th, left on Mission. That would service the peak demand segments of the 30/45/8x and reduce crowding.

    If the CS is built or not, Stockton needs to be addressed ASAP, not in 10 years. CS is an excuse for SFMTA to ignore Chinatown, not help it. Chinatown has the lowest car ownership in the city (90% don’t own a vehicle). And to top it all off, the Stockton tunnel was built for transit, but now we are spending $1.6+ billion to keep it open to cars.

    Transit-first city, not so much.

  • mikesonn

    Those who say the Central Subway isn’t needed  have  “never ridden the 30-Stockton in their life,” Ting said.

    — Actually, if you have ridden the 30/45/8x, you’d know that most ride it as a two block shuttle or as a drop off at Market to catch BART. Tell me which Chinatown regulars will walk down 9 flights of stairs, wait as long as they would for a bus, ride .5 miles, climb back up 9 flights of stairs, then walk 1000′ only to have to go back down several flights to BART. IT WON’T HAPPEN. They’ll be back on the 30 after one try (if they even try it once). Oh, but the 30 will see major service reductions so now we’ll have less buses with the same amount of people while paying to operate an expensive subway that no one is using.

    Now, if we made Stockton transit only (even only during peak commute hours), we’d see a huge increase in travel time. This would allow the same number of buses to complete their route quicker and in essence provide MORE service. Also, I would like to see SFMTA address Recology doing Stockton St garbage collection from 5pm-6pm, double parking and slowing Stockton to a crawl. SFMTA should also run a “shuttle” bus (low floor preferably) that would route from Mission, up 3rd, Sutter, Stockton, turn around on Union to Columbus, back down Stockton, 4th, left on Mission. That would service the peak demand segments of the 30/45/8x and reduce crowding.

    If the CS is built or not, Stockton needs to be addressed ASAP, not in 10 years. CS is an excuse for SFMTA to ignore Chinatown, not help it. Chinatown has the lowest car ownership in the city (90% don’t own a vehicle). And to top it all off, the Stockton tunnel was built for transit, but now we are spending $1.6+ billion to keep it open to cars.

    Transit-first city, not so much.

  • Sfthen

    Garcia works for sfgate now?

  • The Greasybear

    The CHP claims a 3-foot passing rule will increase collisions as motorists “slam on their brakes” when they realize they don’t have 3 feet to pass. Yet, according to the linked article, the data from the 20 states that already have the proposed law show no such increase in collisions. What’s going on here?

  • Mike,

    I think you mean huge decrease in travel time (in paragraph 3?)

    Like you I truly don’t see how people don’t get the incredible design flaws in the proposed Central Subway. I know you’ve probably emailed city supervisors ad nauseam about it, but I guess I will email Scott Weiner protesting the inanity yet again. If you don’t mind, I will just lift your blog post (and give you credit.)

  • mikesonn

    I don’t mind at all. And yes, meant decrease in travel time, thanks for catching that.

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  • Kevin

    I’m surprised the bill is even considered threatening to orgs like AAA and the Highway Patrol. My understanding is it’s a civil fine (less than $80) and no criminal charges.