Today’s Headlines

  • Threat of Golden Gate Ferry Strike Looms as Buses Already Short on Drivers (CBS)
  • Uber’s “Surge Pricing” Sends Rideshare Fares to $450 Per Ride After Outside Lands (CBS)
  • SFMTA Parking Control Officer’s Vehicle Towed From Bus Stop at 24th and Valencia (Pic via Reddit)
  • Taxi Driver Filmed Driving in Townsend Bike Lane to Be Cited by SFMTA (@SFBike)
  • Man Says Robin Williams Once Helped Fix His Bike After it Broke Down in Front of His House (SFGate)
  • SF Bicycle Coalition Highlights Bicycle-Friendly Alexander Book Company on Second Street
  • More on the Two Motorcyclists Killed in Collision After Fleeing Gunshots in Bayview (SFGate)
  • BART Wants Public Input on What Changes Are Needed at 16th Street Station Plaza (Mission Local)
  • Coalition on Homelessness: BART’s Sitting Crackdown is Not About Emergency Safety (SF Examiner)
  • Five Hospitalized, Including Pedestrian, After Two-Car Crash in East Oakland (CBS, KTVU)
  • Downtown Berkeley Installing its First Permeable Paving on Allston Way (Berkeleyside)
  • Man Struck, Killed by Caltrain in Burlingame ID’d as 23-Year-Old San Jose Resident (CoCo Times)

More headlines at Streetsblog USA

  • theqin

    Wait will SFMTA cite anyone in a video driving in the bike lane on Townsend? I see it all the time and would like nothing better than to nab these offenders, I will take the video myself if it leads to a citation.

  • Bruce

    Re: Outside Lands surge pricing – I walked three blocks back to Judah & Sunset, waited 10 minutes, got a seat on the N Judah and laughed to myself at all the poor suckers trying to squeeze on at 34th Avenue (and every stop thereafter). Total cost: $2.00.

  • voltairesmistress

    Re: Homeless people sleeping in Bart stations, plazas, stations, and tunnels. The Examiner guest editorial was a broad assault on Bart’s history of police actions, but failed to grapple with a basic issue: Do people using public transit have a right to clean, safe, functional spaces, or must they share that with people sleeping, defecating, etc? I think most of us understand that homeless people in BART are there looking for shelter, safety, or spare change, and that there are not enough homeless beds. But that does not mean that BART and its customers have to be the providers of shelter, if that gets in the way of the system’s functioning for passengers. Nobody would argue that one should leave one’s car parked and unlocked so that homeless persons can sleep there. Why should public transit users have to shoulder the responsibility for the homeless?

  • Andy Chow

    I think Uber’s surge pricing kind of outrageous, but I don’t have much sympathies for those who were willing to pay the price for it, unless they didn’t know the fare upfront. It is a competitive market and they can avoid the price by taking taxis, Muni, other TNCs, walk or bike, or wait 30 mins to an hour in a nearby bar or cafe for the crowd to disburse, or leave 15-30 mins early.

    Having an online platform actually help drive high fares because riders essentially are bidding for car service electronically. So some car in the Richmond or Sunset can see all the bidders in the area and take the highest bid. Without the technology, the revenue maximizing strategy is to take the nearest rider willing to pay a reasonable fare (you may get a few groups of potential riders to get bid from, but not everyone in the area), and make more money by taking more riders in a given time period.

  • Andy Chow

    If those who want to get to BART, 29 bus from Balboa Park is a good alternative than going through downtown/Civic Center. It takes 15 minutes to drive from the city limit to the park via Brotherhood Way and Sunset versus 30 minutes to drive to the Golden Gate Park from 4th & King Caltrain.

  • GarySFBCN

    Here’s the problem. Pretty soon, mostly because of technology and regulations that create a huge unfair advantages, Uber and Lyft will put the cab companies out of business. And once that happens, Uber and Lyft will be worth a lot more than their current value. And when that happens, they will ‘go public’ and the top people will cash out, leaving a different company governance, one that will be focused-upon pleasing the stockholders. And when that happens, watch for pressures from the governance to lower the wages of workers, in order to raise the salaries of the CEO, and for higher dividends for stockholders. And with those lower wages comes deteriorating standards and something not much better than we have now with our cabs. Eventually, workers will receive public assistance, so the public will be off-setting the lower wages with food stamps, etc.

    This, in part, happened to grocery store workers in California. In between the years 2000 and 2012, their actual average wage fell from $19+ to $15+, and that doesn’t account for the 33% inflation between those two years. What happened to that money? Most of it went into the pockets of the CEO and stockholders.

    And guess what: In California, more than a third of all grocery store workers now receive some type of public assistance, so the public is subsidizing those lower wages.

  • the_greasybear

    I just rode my bike. No cost, no hassle, no delay.

  • Gezellig

    Nice to see Berkeley starting to do some permeable paving.

    It’d be really nice to see more parking lots do that…wonder if any city has moved to require them–especially if they go full-on with grass!

    http://invisiblestructures.com/project_profiles/wp-content/uploads/2010/11/img-1.php_51.jpeg

    Permeable pavement + grass parking lot at a mall in Connecticut

    http://construction.com/CE/CE_images/2012/Nov_Exteriors-Multi-11.jpg
    Permeable pavement + grass parking lot at a stadium in Texas

  • murphstahoe

    Your first paragraph laments the passing of the cab companies, then goes on to describe everything that is wrong with cab companies.

  • GarySFBCN

    There was no lamentation in my post. However, with minor updates to technology and annual mandatory customer service training for all cab drivers, the cab industry would provide healthy competition to Uber and Lyft.

  • p_chazz

    Plant grass in a drought–really?