Today’s Headlines

  • Muni Switchbacks Down on Some Lines, Up On T-Third (SF Examiner)
  • Most BART Delays Caused by Failing Equipment (SFGate)
  • Castro Streetscape Project Complicated by Poles for Muni Wires (BAR)
  • Bulb-Outs in Market/Dolores Whole Foods Plan Go to Planning Commission Thursday (BAR)
  • Year’s First Sunday Streets Draws Crowds for a Sunny Day on the Embarcadero (SFGateKTVU, ABC)
  • Plan to Replace Parking Lot With Park Under Central Freeway Moves Forward (SF Examiner)
  • Driver Kieran Brewer Pleads Not Guilty in Alleged DUI Crash That Killed Hanren Chang (ABC)
  • Freeway-Like “SFGo” Electronic Traffic Info Signs Coming Soon to Franklin and Gough (Hayeswire)
  • Bold Italic to BART: Solutions From Other Rail Systems Could Help Improve Bike Access
  • Oakland’s Free B Shuttle Hangs On Despite BAAQMD Funding Cuts (Oakland North)
  • Daly City Car Crash Claims Three Lives, Hospitalizes One (KTVU)
  • Caltrans Proposal for 101 Interchange in Menlo Park Includes Protected Bike Lanes (Peninsula Transpo)
  • Sonoma County Supervisors to Consider Anti-Harassment Law for People Walking and Biking (PD)

More headlines at Streetsblog Capitol Hill

  • mikesonn

    If the Central Subway is completed, the switch backs on the T-Third will see a huge increase.

  • E.O.

    Isn’t the story about SFGo traffic signs from a few years ago? What gives?

  • mikesonn

    I think it was a poor linking job. Here is the Hayeswire story:

    http://hayeswire.com/2013/03/electronic-traffic-sign-planned-for-franklin-street.html

    Aaron probably wanted to reference Streetsblog’s previous coverage on the topic.

  • Regarding the Bold Italic piece of bikes on trains, even VTA has bike racks on their trains.  That’s how stupid we look — even VTA managed to figure this out, and they’re idiots.

  • Yes, meant to include both links and misplaced one. Fixed it.

  • Jamison Wieser

    What make you say that? 

    At the moment, that temporary right turn for the T-Third Street is making at 4th & King and it creates operational problems. The extra turn phase creates congestion for all traffic including the N and the T lines, but will be eliminated once the T-line can continue straight north into the tunnel. At least a few years ago when I was still on the advisory council it was also a major source of derailments, switch problems and the SFMTA was taking the turnback approach only as a way to load balance the different segments and maintain headways.

  • mikesonn

    There are plans for a UCSF-Mission Bay turn around, it’ll have the same impact of reduced service to Bayview.

    Also, that intersection is a mess period, that turn is just a cherry on the turd sandwich. Not to mention it is less than 10 years old, how is it so bad already that derailments are already a common problem (I’ve never heard that excuse before though for 4/K being so horrible).

  • Jamison Wieser

    Once the T and N trains are crossing and not turning the traffic throughput will be improved. Getting rid of the offramp would go a lot further. 

    The Mission Bay loop will be used by a future planned short-line, that’s not the same thing as an unscheduled turnback. Either that or every articulated 30-Stockon bus that terminates at Van Ness (the short busses continue to the Marina) is a turnback as well. 

    Mission Bay will be built out long ahead of the Candlestick/Hunters Point redevelopment so it makes a natural spot for a short line that can handle the additional ridership only on the Chinatown-Soma-Caltrain-Mission Bay. A good place to stockpile trains for after the game.

  • mikesonn

    You are a more optimistic person than myself, I commend you for that.

  • Justin

    Interesting that there is an article about BART delays when they have a 95% on-time rate and 40 year-old trains; shows you how high people’s standards are for BART, and what a good system it is. 

    MUNI is on time around 60% of the time, depending on who is counting, and widely seen as painfully slow and unreliable. I believe most MUNI vehicles are much younger than 40 years old. 

    The difference: Dedicated Right of Way. BART has tracks to itself, while MUNI sits in gridlock and at red lights. I’ve been timing lately, and many buses and streetcars spend 40% of their time at red lights, NOT including time loading passengers. In all cases, they sit still more often than they are moving. 

    Improving MUNI means moving as close to Dedicated Right of Way as possible, meaning widespread transit-only lanes, signal priority, diverting private traffic from key transit routes, and zero-tolerance enforcement of all of this. While the TEP weakly addresses some of these things, it seems mostly concerned with eliminating stops and re-routing (see http://www.sfmta.com/cms/mtep/tepimprove.htm). In other words, how to inconvenience drivers as little as possible. 

  • Filamino

    The electronic traffic info signs are NOTHING close to “freeway-like”. Bad journalism at its best.