Today’s Headlines

  • Supes Vote 7-4 to Back Funding for Free Muni for Low-Income Youth (SFExam)
  • Oak and Fell Bikeways Begin to Take Shape (Haighteration)
  • SFMTA Considering Options for Central Subway Work in North Beach (SFExam)
  • USDOT Awards Central Subway $85M in New Starts Funds
  • SFMTA Directors Approve New Taxi Permit Sales Plan (City Insider)
  • San Jose Pedestrian Killed by Hit-and-Run Driver Near Crosswalk (NBCMerc)
  • Pedestrian Struck, Killed by Amtrak Train in Oakland (KTVUSFGate)
  • Motorcyclist Identified Two Months After Hit-Run Crash With Cyclist (PressDemo)
  • New Bay Bridge East Span Now Supporting Own Weight (SFGateCoCoTimesABC)
  • Sebastopol Council Supports Ordinance Protecting Vulnerable Road Users (PressDemo)
  • Palo Alto, Stanford Win $10M for Bike Bridge, Trails (PaloAltoOnlinePeninsulaTranspo)
  • Amtrak’s Capitol Corridor Sets New Ridership Record, Revenue Up 9 Percent in 2012

More headlines at Streetsblog Capitol Hill

  • voltairesmistress

    The supervisors’ “yes” vote on free MUNI for youth comes from the heart, but that’s its problem too.  It is an unfocused, unsystematic, goal-absent piece of legislation that panders to a portion of the electorate that likes to feel good about its imagined generosity. No serious thought to prioritization of revenues and spending.  The supes and the rest of city government lack a commitment to MUNI’s long-term expansion of service, infrastructure build-out, and mechanical maintenance.  This is what gives liberalism the stereotype of being all about tax and spend.  No mature decisions about what to sacrifice and what to keep, what to pare and what to grow.

  • Bruce Nourish

    Exactly. “MOAR FREE SHIT” trumps essential but unsexy back-of-house work. It’s pathetic and disgraceful, but par for the course. 

  • Anonymous

    Isn’t the goal to provide free MUNI for youth? How much clearer can that get? Since the business model of MUNI can’t run on fares alone anyway (it’s a public service, not a business), I don’t really see how this is such a big problem to be making less money when the point is to provide service to the public. It’s not like they’re proposing to build a subway line that doesn’t even have a transfer with the other main lines… 

    Free muni for youth would require some adjustment, but it’s not like the alternative uses for any of MUNI’s money is ever focused, systematic, or goal-oriented.  

  • I stand by my previous statements that this is a long term financial winner for MUNI.

  • Re: the liberal stereotype of “tax and spend”. 

    As opposed to what? The conservative stereotype of borrow and spend? Every dollar of the Bush tax “cuts” was simply added to the debt owed by taxpayers. (Not to mention unfunded wars of choice.) No mature decisions about what to sacrifice and what to keep, what to pare and what to grow.

  • Anonymous

    ” It is an unfocused, unsystematic, goal-absent piece of legislation”
    One of Muni’s strategic plan goals is to increase their ridership, in the end raising the current 38% transit mode share to 50%. I would say the Free Muni for Youth plan is right in line with that goal.
    As for unfocused, unsystematic spending, this program might actually be the easiest way to increase ridership without cutting into revenues significantly, as the youth who will take advantage of this program would largely not have been using Muni already, meaning that there is less of a net profit loss by offering them free fares.
    I don’t disagree that the plan is generous and philanthropic, but that doesn’t also mean that the plan is also inherently wasteful or nonstrategic.

  • Anonymous

    “When the people find that they can vote themselves money, that will herald the end of the republic.” 

    –Benjamin Franklin

  • Tahoe

    Pchazz – those under 18, the vast majority of those who benefit from this program – cannot vote.

ALSO ON STREETSBLOG

Today’s Headlines

|
Transit Tower Land Purchase to Fund HSR, Caltrain Extensions (SFExam) Muni Buses Trashed, Burned During World Series Celebration (MuniDiaries) GG Bridge Moveable Median Barrier Design Approved (SFExam) Atlantic Cities: Transit Riders Union Provides Counterpoint to SF Car Culture Supes to Decide on Signage Rules for New Privately-Owned Public Spaces (SFGate) Car Driver Crashes Into Marina District Safeway, […]

Today’s Headlines

|
Pedestrian Killed by Truck Driver at Market and Beale Streets (ABC, SFWeekly, SFGate) More on the DA’s New Traffic Safety PSA (SFWeekly, CityInsider) Construction on Ped-Friendly Jefferson Street Redesign to Start January 2 (SFExam) Supes Delay Vote on CPMC Development Projects Until 2013 (CityInsider) Bay Bridge Toll Plaza Getting Aesthetic Upgrade, All-Electronic Fare Collection Next Year (ABC) More Evidence that Street Improvements, […]

Today’s Headlines

|
Supes Approve Transit Impact Development Fee With Full Non-Profit Exemption (SFExam, SFBG) SFMTA Board Finally Approves Free Muni for Low-Income Youth (City Insider, SFExam, ABC, CBS) SF Weekly: Churches Can Handle Sunday Metering, Just Like Synagogues Do on Saturdays More on the SFMTA’s Pagoda Plan for Central Subway Drill Extraction in North Beach (SFGate) Planning Dept. to Release Privately-Owned Public Spaces Guide (SFGate) BART Survey Seeks Customer […]

Today’s Headlines

|
Pedestrian Critically Injured by Driver at Sunset and Irving (SFAppeal) Coverage of Yesterday’s Walk to School Day (SFExam, PressDemo, MarinIJ, SacBee) Biking, Transit Best Ways to Get Around SF This Busy Weekend (SFBC, Cyclelicious) SFTRU Releases Geary BRT Survey Results Supes Say Tow Site Lease a Bad Deal for SFMTA (SFExam) SFBC Offers a Few Tips From Its New Family Biking Guide (SFGate) […]

Today’s Headlines

|
Fell and Oak Bikeways Finally Go to SFMTA Board October 16 (SFBG) Embarcadero Gets Trial Protected One-Way Bike Lane for America’s Cup This Weekend  (SFGate) Bay Citizen: Central Freeway Continues to Make Market and Octavia City’s Most Dangerous Intersection Woman on Bike Struck by Car Driver Near Panhandle at Fell and Ashbury Streets (SFGate) EBX: Measure […]

Today’s Headlines

|
BART Trains Meet Cleanliness Goals for First Time in 15 Years (SFExam) Streamlined Central Subway Contracts to Speed Construction, Lower Costs (CSBlog, City Insider, SFExam) Stricter Protections Considered in Response to Clipper Data Privacy Concerns (SFExam, KQED) Muni, BART to Run Extra Buses, Trains for World Series Games (KRON, BART.gov) SF Cyclists Express Their Giants Team Sprit (RideABike, MissionMission) […]