Today’s Headlines

  • Report: Muni Delays Cost $50 Million Annually in Lost Productivity (SF WeeklySF Examiner)
  • SF Bike-Share Vendor Alta Owes Back Pay and Benefits, Employees Claim (SF Examiner)
  • New SFMTA Website With Trip Planner to Launch Today (SFGate)
  • A Day in the Life of an SF Pedicabbie (Mission Local)
  • BART Unions Say Staff Cutbacks Have Resulted in More Assaults on Workers (SF Examiner)
  • Bay Bridge Officials Unlikely to Announce Opening Date at Wednesday Meeting (CoCo Times)
  • Downtown Berkeley Set to Get Grants for Bike/Ped, Plaza, Two-Way Shattuck Upgrades (Berkeleyside)
  • Berkeley City Council Considers 15 MPH School Zones and Ped Safety Improvements (Oakland Tribune)
  • If BRT is So Cheap, Why Does the Money Tend to Go to Rail? (Earth Island Journal)
  • Driver Who Killed 6-Year-Old Girl in East Palo Alto Crosswalk Sues Parents for Negligence (PA Online)
  • 84-Year-old Arthur Greene Killed by SUV Driver in Walnut Creek (CoCo Times)
  • Four People Hospitalized in SUV Rollover Crash on I-280 in Los Altos (MV Voice)

More headlines at Streetsblog Capitol Hill

  • Mario Tanev

    Muni is the only agency that lost riders in the last decade in absolute numbers, even though our population grew. Muni used to command 30% mode share a couple of decades ago, and now it stands at only 17%. If the trend continues it won’t be more than two decades where Los Angeles catches up with us, either because of a continued downward spiral on our side, or continued investment in LA. Transit has been one of the great legacies of San Francisco, and we’re about to lose it.

  • mikesonn

    We barely have any transit only lanes (or transit priority) in this city, and the little we do have is routinely blocked/abused by private autos with no enforcement. The city needs to grow up and tell all these selfish people that we, as a community, aren’t going to take it anymore and finally do something about it. That won’t happen, but Muni will continue to spiral downward until real action is taken [don’t hold your breath].

  • mikesonn

    Speaking of selfish drivers… Stanley Roberts is back on the beat.

  • Anonymous

    I agree, mike, that transit only lanes are a key part of the solution. But any element that relies on enforcement to be effective is going to fail. What if most people did not pay their fares voluntarily, and we had to rely on transit police to enforce fares? That wouldn’t work too well. I am pretty sure we have to separate the existing transit lanes spatially, visually, and physically to make breaching them really obvious and seemingly transgressive to all observers — drivers, riders, people on the street. Most people hate to perceive themselves or be perceived as lawbreakers. With far fewer violators and just a bit of enforcement, self policing should make the transit lanes work as they should.

  • mikesonn

    See my link below, short of everything being a subway (and we’ve already had a two separate cases of people driving into the tunnels in the last couple of years), we’ll never see any compliance without strict enforcement.

  • jimmy

    The title “84-Year-old Arthur Greene Killed by SUV Driver in Walnut Creek” is misleading. Greene was also driving a motor vehicle and the collision remains under investigation.

  • gneiss

    Meanwhile, we’re siphoning away some $15.2 million a year from operational funds along $80 million a year from SFCTA that was pegged towards transit improvement to pay for a $1.6 billion dollar subway to nowhere that could have easily been handled by bus rapid transit.

    The main problem isn’t that we haven’t put enough money into MUNI, but that our government has allocated the funds towards projects that won’t get us the best transit results from our investments. But it’s now so hopelessly dysfunctional we aren’t even in a good place were it can be fixed.

    I despair that this will never be resolved in my lifetime and that they will continue with a downward spiral. After all, they did point out the agency is currently looking at a $680 million deferred maintenance hole.

  • Anonymous

    It is pointless to keep complaining that enforcement isn’t “strict”. Police enforcement will never be a substitute for engineering and design that channels desired behaviors in public space. And it’s a waste of precious political energy to even keep debating it. This is the last time I even bother. I am sorry if that seems rude, but I’ve just had it listening to people talk about traffic issues like it’s some morality play. Just a total waste of time.

  • mikesonn

    RED PAINT, people still drive on it. What more do you want?!

  • Anonymous

    I want more than paint. I want barriers that embarrass transgressors — hard to enter and exit without making a jackass of oneself.