Today’s Headlines

  • New SFMTA Census: SF Has More Parking Spots Than Would Fit the California Coast (Examiner)
  • Why the “Ride of Silence” Tours Sites Where Drivers Killed People on Bikes (SFGate)
  • Vision Zero: Why Sofia Liu and Other Victims Should Never Lose Their Lives on the Streets (Yahoo)
  • Broken Clipper Card Reader on Muni? Many Citation Recipients Are Out of Luck (SFGate)
  • Highway 280 to See One-Way Weekend Shutdowns: No, They Won’t Simulate a Teardown (SFGate)
  • Stanley Roberts Heads, Where Else, but Lombard Street to Find Tourists Behaving Badly
  • SFMTA: Oak, Fell Street Traffic Signal Synchronization Has Been Out of Whack (Hoodline)
  • SoMa Parking Lots Near Caltrain, Central Subway Prime Spots for Re-Development (Business Times)
  • BART Considering Bringing Tax Measures to Ballot for More Train Cars, Says Board Member (Alamedan)
  • San Jose Mayoral Candidates Answer Bike/Ped Advocates’ Questionnaire (Cyclelicious)

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  • BW

    I was wondering about the Fell St light timing too. I am glad it’s back to normal.

    I worry a lot about fellow cyclists making the left-on-red from Scott to Fell. If it’s midnight I’ll carefully make that move, but never during commute hours. And the standard light timing helps reinforce the correct behavior: you won’t make the light at Divis anyway, so why not just wait for the green at Scott/Fell?

  • david vartanoff

    SFMTA needs to smarten up. If I buy a fastpass on clipper, they HAVE the money. Their failure to operate a functional card reader is NOT my responsibility. In turn if I used a previous bus within transfer use time limits, again, they already HAVE the money. It is their obligation to provide a functional fare reading device, not mine.

  • Chris J.

    Regarding broken Clipper cards on MUNI:

    Each morning, officials say, crews inspect buses and note whether the fare readers are working. … Should the machines break during the day or malfunction temporarily, there’s no record of that.

    Couldn’t they also check at the end of the day, and then make a record of that? At least that way the information would be available to confirm the stories of those trying to dismiss their tickets.

  • Andy Chow

    The protocol should be that if the passenger finds the reader unresponsive, he or she needs to notify the driver. The driver would then put a label on the broken device and treat it like a broken farebox (no fare would be collected from the device, nor transfer would be given). If only one of several devices are broken, then passengers should be directed to tag at a functional reader.

  • Richard Mlynarik

    Regarding broken Clipper cards on MUNI:

    Q: Is rent-seeking defense contractor and MTC executive staff’s very very very special friend Cubic, Inc, receiving its payments?

    A: Yes.

    So, you see, there is no problem. Nothing is broken.

  • SteveDombek

    My wife fell victim to the broken Clipper scam. She boarded at the back and tried to tag twice. Machine out of order. As the bus gets more crowded she ends up farther back out of reach. Fare inspector boards a few stops later and by then of course the machine is back in service. He checks her fare history and doesn’t believe her story because “you haven’t tagged on in almost three weeks”. Well, yeah, she bikes to work except on rare occasions like that one. Even rarer occasions now. Way to go, Muni!

  • Kevin J

    Now that the SFMTA admits there is plenty of parking, will they continue the anti-bike agenda on Polk by lying about how little parking there is. Or keep to the fuck you if you don’t drive agenda?

  • Jamison Wieser

    Last year I boarded a bus with busted Clipper machines and an operator who could not have possibly been more helpful. He’d put plastic bags and over the readers and at ever stop he announced to riders something to the effect that Clipper was broken and if we didn’t have month passes to please come to the front so he could give you a free transfer so you wouldn’t get in trouble.

    I was in the back, so I don’t know if he was still taking cash, but cheers to the Muni operator (who may have been violating policy for all I know) who was looking out for his passengers.

  • p_chazz

    You shouldn’t use profanity in your post. It makes you come off as an angry spittle-flecked aggro bicyclist and seem less intelligent than you probably are.

  • Jim

    There was an official notice distributed to drivers back in 2010 that a broken card reader is the same as a broken fare box. A clipper card holder should not be forced to pay cash fare because of defective equipment.

    Muni Diaries and Akit covered this back in 2010: http://www.munidiaries.com/2010/07/02/a-clipper-card-conundrum/. The article covers fast pass holders, but it is hard to say what the policy is for card holders that only use e-cash. My feeling is that the “official” policy covers the latter as well.

    It is hard to prove that the readers do go in and out of service throughout the day, unless you have some kind of photo/video proof or acknowledgment from the driver.

  • Jim

    I believe that MTA should adopt a more progressive policy, where riders can still attempt to make a payment even after they’ve boarded. If a rider gets caught violating the fare, the card readers POP enforcement uses should deduct either the full fare or double the full fare, or force the rider to pay a regular cash fare. If the cardholder’s card cannot cover either fare scenario or even a regular cash fare, then at that point should the fare violator be fined. I know it’s a slap-on-the-wrist approach, but it could potentially save some money on the administrative and judicial ends.

  • vcs

    FYI: When I have a fastpass on my clipper card, I never tag it, and have always passed the fare inspection.

  • Filamino

    It’s not an anti-bike agenda. It’s called a balance between transportation modes that takes into account what all the stakeholders would like to see on Polk Street. Unfortunately, that is lost here on the “Everyone should bike and those who don’t are lower life forms” Streetsblog.

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