Today’s Headlines

  • Central Subway Tunneling to Begin in June at 4th and Harrison Streets (CBSKTVU)
  • Driver Hospitalizes Pedestrian With Life-Threatening Injuries at 14th and Mission (SF Appeal)
  • Man Hospitalized After Being Struck by Caltrain at Mission Bay Drive (SF Appeal)
  • SF Weekly: Diesel Buses Remain Muni’s Most Reliable Vehicles
  • More on Leap’s New Marina-to-Financial-District Shuttle (SF GateSFist)
  • Stanley Roberts Catches Drivers Violating Church Street Red Transit-Only Lanes and Left Turn Bans
  • Legal Examiner Has Questions About the Truck Driver Who Killed Bicyclist at 16th St & South Van Ness
  • Concerned About Displacement, SFBG Questions Plan Bay Area’s Smart Growth Strategy (12)
  • New Richmond BART Parking Structure Opens at a Cost of $45,000 Per Space (CoCo Times)
  • Court Arguments Begin Today in High-Speed Rail Lawsuit (Mercury News)
  • Daly City Driver Who Killed Three Passengers Charged With DUI, Manslaughter, Felony Hit-Run (CoCo)
  • 8-Year-Old Hayward Boy Struck by Driver, Suffers Broken Leg and Fractured Skull (CoCo Times)

More headlines at Streetsblog Capitol Hill

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  • @jdbig

    how do we help this guy? Civil disobedience certainly should have a price (if, for nothing else, to ensure it still means something) but a felony charge is awfully excessive!

  • @jdbig

    The District Attorney’s name in Solano County is Donald A. du Bain. He’s an elected official and theoretically will respond to constituent dissatisfaction with a felony charge and imprisonment contingent on $15k bail.

    Email for Solano County District Attorney:

    Telephone for Vallejo office:
    707-553-5321

    *Disclosure, I have no special info or connection to this issue other than the SFChron and KCRA stories, just shocked at the reports.

  • Anonymous

    Our society is so messed up–if this man had actually hit and killed a pedestrian crossing the street there, he almost certainly wouldn’t be arrested.

  • Anonymous

    Reading the Leap shuttle bus story (runs from Marina – Financial District during rush hour and costs $6 each way) it struck me: most of the transport innovation in SF is about avoiding MUNI. Corporate buses, Car-sharing, ride-sharing, in-city jitneys & shuttles, bicycling, electric-bicycling, walking, scooters — these are the recent or revived innovations expanding our transportation network. Muni, with a few exceptions, is stuck in neutral. What each of these modes share is an ability to get swiftly and directly to one’s destination — something few forms of MUNI provide. My point is this: there’s a lot of talk about reliability, frequency, and maintenance of Muni, but almost nothing about cutting trip times down to rivaling car travel. Without that sort of speed, I don’t see how we will get the healthy or the wealthy onto Muni’s system in any sort of sustained way. Maybe the SFMTA directors don’t want an increase in MUNI patronage for fear of not being able to provide that capacity? It sure seems like they don’t want new riders.

  • SteveS

    Why would anyone expect SFMTA management to be interested in getting more people to ride Muni? They have no incentive to do so and many incentives to do the opposite: they do not recover their cost on any passenger on any route, and their budget is not tied to ridership level. More passengers just means more complaints and requires work to increase capacity. Better to do the bare minimum to keep the politically powerful placated, pay lip service to transit first, and let potential customers with high expectations who would demand quality service and accountability switch to other modes. And the politically powerful here are the unions, to some extent the bike coalition, and large capital projects which offer politicians opportunities for cronyism and graft, not transit users.

  • Anonymous

    Steve, I think you are onto something. It is not the SFMTA that is committed to increasing transit use; rather, it is, or should be, businesses that want their employees or customers to be able to get to them quickly and efficiently. And it is all of us who already take transit or want to take it but avoid its pitfalls now.

  • davistrain

    I’ve been following SF Muni from a distance (Southern California) for over 45 years, and visit SF whenever I can. I was intrigued by the thought of diesel buses being Muni’s most reliable class of vehicles. Back in 1981, they had so many diesels out of commission, they had a rent a batch of 1950s-era “old look” coaches from LA to cover some of the less-hilly routes. Seems like Muni has, with a few notable exceptions, always been on a “hand to mouth” basis.