Today’s Headlines

  • Early Results Show Painted Boarding Islands Don’t Work on Taraval (Hoodline)
  • Ads for ‘Monster on Mission’ Housing Development (Curbed)
  • Woman Struck by Motorist on 20th Avenue (SFExaminer)
  • HAWK Lights Too Complex for Some Motorists (EastBayTimes)
  • Police Increase Foot Patrols (Hoodline)
  • More on Harvey Milk Plaza Design Finalists (Curbed)
  • SF Employee Pension Fund Under Pressure to Dump Fossil Fuels (SFChron)
  • San Mateo County to Consider Cell Phone Ban–for Pedestrians (EastBayTimes, DailyJournal)
  • Murals of San Francisco (Curbed)
  • SMART Train Lyft Discounts (MarinIJ)
  • Commentary: Bus Conductors Prevented Fare Beating (SFExaminer)
  • Commentary: Parochial View on Toll Hike (EastBayTimes)

Get state headlines at Streetsblog CA, national headlines at Streetsblog USA

  • xplosneer

    I still hate, hate, hate how the goal is 90% on the boarding islands.

    “Oh, only 10% of cars will have the opportunity to kill you now, instead of 28%.” SO MUCH BETTER.

  • yermom72

    Great, another local government is subsidizing the crooks at Lyft. These guys can’t stop losing money, but they’re happy to take your tax dollars to stay afloat a little longer…

  • I ride the L. I really haven’t seen too many violations in the boarding areas, but I can see how it can be confusing to drivers unfamiliar to the area, especially since there are different types of markers on the street. It’s rather pathetic that so much time, energy and money went into painting barriers.

  • mx

    I think it’s an interesting experiment that will allow more people to commute by train while local areas figure out what new transit options are needed to connect with SMART. If a particular trip is popular, bus or shuttle service can be added instead of the Lyft rides.

    $70,000 over six months is utterly immaterial to Lyft’s finances.

  • yermom72

    Uber and Lyft have been pushing partnerships like this all over the country, in part to soften their image, but also for the money. If they can get local transport dependent on them, then when their venture capital runs out, they can get government support to replace it, because they’ll be “too big to fail.”

  • jonobate

    To be fair, the HAWK signals *are* confusing. It would be much clearer if they used standard traffic signals with the same light patterns and meanings, as Pelican Crossings do in the UK. There are only minor differences between those signals and the standard traffic signals that drivers navigate every time they get behind the wheel. Why US traffic engineers felt they had to invent an entirely new light sequence for pedestrian crossings is beyond me.

  • p_chazz

    Actually, Lyft is on track to become profitable next year.

  • yermom72

    rotfl

  • p_chazz

    People rotfl at Jeff Bezos when he started Amazon…

  • p_chazz