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    Will no one rid us of this troublesome (former) priest?


    Ziggy Tomcich

    I’ve had to take my bike on the train with me multiple times only because the bike parking at 4th and Townsend closes too early. What use is bike parking if it closes before Caltrain stops running?


    Mike Fogel

    “The new plan recommends investing $2 million in 500 new electronic bike lockers”

    They’re 4k a piece? They must be some pretty awesome lockers.


    Bob Gunderson

    Well done! Pat yourselves on the back city officials for installing a pedestrian stopper 6 months after someone died.


    Jeffrey Baker

    It’s not a horrible defeat, but there was a solution that was both cheaper and better: a stop sign.



    “47 percent would consider a shuttle or other means of transit.”

    I hope we don’t Balkanize the transportation network further with specialized shuttles. Just throw in local bus transfers with Caltrain journeys. No need to buy more vehicles, create new agencies, design new logos. Just move some bits and bytes around on Clipper.



    The pedestrian signal at Yerba Buena Lane and Mission is also poorly designed. Cars receive the green light by default. Often during the day, there are dozens of people waiting for a walk symbol and very few vehicles on Mission. In the end, pedestrians end up walking against the walk symbol.



    When will SFMTA start writing ticket to illegal Church parking? It is ridiculous how SFMTA allow them to take over traffic lane for they own use.



    I ride Caltrain every weekday. Sometimes I bring my bike on board the train and at other times I park my bike at the free, secure bike parking at 4th and King. I’m from The Netherlands, where free, secure bike parking is in plentiful supply at many train stations. It works well there and it works well at 4th and King too (though it would be nice for the parking to stay open later into the evening). Why doesn’t Caltrain expand the free parking space and add free, secure parking at other busy stations? That seems much more efficient than figuring out ways to cram more bikes on board trains. Or at the very least, it seems like a good additional measure.



    “The new signal is not the type of change that creates a safer, more forgiving system by compelling drivers to slow down and pay attention”

    I think this is an overly negative attitude to take about the new signal. Yes, we need drivers to slow down and pay attention everywhere in the city. But we also need people to stop dying in this crosswalk and a light is going to help with that. Putting up a traffic light isn’t some kind of horrible defeat here (a horrible defeat would be fencing off the sidewalk and banning pedestrians from crossing, obviously a non-starter).



    If they hadn’t squandered so much on CBOSS and parking garages, Caltrain would have plenty of funds for bike parking. Bike parking obviously isn’t a priority.



    22nd Street could use some lockers badly, but I suppose the best possibilities lie in lockers on the peninsula, given that bike share exists in SF.



    Have an example where this has been done?



    MUNI could be disbanded and substituted for whole-service contractors with strict performance requirements and non-unionized workforce.



    Not yet, but they’ve been screwing around for years not delivering. More significantly, I can’t imagine how double berthing will provide a significant improvement in subway service (and how it won’t make things worse in some ways). It helps a tiny bit in the very specific case where you’re stuck in subway traffic as the second train in one of three stations and you want to get off before the train reaches the front of the platform. Otherwise, it doesn’t help make anything move faster or do anything about the fact that “subway traffic” is an actual thing.

    In any case, it’s the SFMTA’s responsibility to keep its regulator happy. Even if delays are CPUC’s fault, Muni hasn’t exactly jumped to resolve them.



    No, they absolutely considered Easter/Passover; in fact it seems to be the specific reason they chose that weekend. From the article: “HerreroBoldt spokesperson Miquel Penn explained that Easter weekend was chosen because it has low traffic volumes, “straddles local schools’ spring break,” and doesn’t include any major traffic-generating events.”


    Lee Ross

    Hi Roymeo. The Mega-Hospital which is being constructed where the Cathedral Hill Hotel (formerly known as the Jack Tar Hotel) once stood



    There is! Only 3082 cars crossed my path today compared to the usual 3089.



    And…what, they might feel like they would want to walk to work again another day?



    What “Edifice”?



    There’s a noticeable difference?



    How is that different of certain race-based advocacy groups threatening to pull the “racist!” card is some specific petty demand is not met, sometimes over things as insignificant as the artwork to be put on a BART new station?



    once again, the loud few get their way.



    Ha, yeah, that’s not going to happen. The freight railroads are even further behind than Caltrain, and are currently lobbying for extending the deadline to 2020.



    What is the penalty for delays? If I remember correctly PTC has to be implemented by the end of 2015 by federal law.



    Never got installed. I don’t know if BART ever got the money back or not.

    Developing ATC systems from scratch is really, really hard, which is why every sensible railroad in the word deploys a proven standard such as ERTMS. I don’t know if that is an option for BART given that everything in their system is custom, but it would certainly have worked for Caltrain, who instead chose to homebrew their own CBOSS system. I’ll be very surprised if Caltrain are able to complete their CBOSS project without massive delays and cost overruns.



    I’d be more worried that MUNI gets a couple hundred less bucks in revenue, and that cyclists will think it’s easier to get a bike rack than it actually is.



    My worry about the whole Walk to Work Day thing is that it may cause people to underestimate how dangerous it normally is to walk in SF since there’s fewer cars on the streets.


    Nicholas Littlejohn

    Gross. In other news, atheists are shown to be more intelligent.



    I assuming you mean SB192 (bill is originating in the senate and not the assembly). According to:

    It is currently referred to the commission on Transportation and Housing. It hasn’t been set for a hearing, which I believe means either it will get heard and voted upon by the commission (and if approved by a majority vote the legislature would vote on it in the future), or if it doesn’t have a hearing it dies at the end of the current legislative year. But maybe someone else with more legislative experience knows better.



    I thought BART already paid for an advanced automated control system… what happened to the GETS GS AATC system it paid for? Are we being asked to pay for it again?



    What’s the status of AB192 anyway – in committee? At what point do I need to start hounding my state rep?



    Has double berthing started?

    I suppose ‘the thing that they can’t do yet because of CPUC’ is less than expected…


    Chris Weeks

    The way it’s set up in AZ was how the client wanted it. They asked for pods. They can use ANY bike rack. No pod needed, Period. Standard inverted U rack is fine. I repeat no pod required. If the client wants a pod they can be arranged that way.

    I do not know how being anti-BART factors in. Are you anti-BART?


    Bike Share Tech Gnostic


    I’ve used their program in Phoenix and it is absolutely a 1 rack to 1 bike set up. You are not able to attach 2 bikes to 1 rack. That may be possible in Hamilton (different rack) but the photos online also show a 1:1 ratio. So that cost really is $250/bike to get a ratio of 2 racks to 1 bike.

    Regarding approximate costs, based on recent figures from Beverly Hills (!) — hoping staff operations aren’t costing more than $100k for the first year — it seems SoBi is running closer to $4,500/bike and that’s certainly not cheap.

    Lastly, can you elaborate on how being anti-BART factors in to a bike share discussion???



    Lee Ross

    Hi. voltairemistress. Take a walk through the Tenderloin.Ride the Muni. Last week it was reported that San Francisco has the BIGGEST disparity in the USA of any large City between Rich and Poor. If that is not Dystopia…And VanNess is simply the transit Dystopian thoroughfare of The City.



    Probably because the Church leaders didn’t communicate “concerns” they communicated “demands” backed up with “threats”. When someone is literally threatening you, its not accommodating concerns anymore.



    Dystopian view of the Future??? That justs sounds ridiculous.



    Agreed. While religious institution concessions can be frustrating, I’d say this one is reasonable. Easter and Passover are moveable feasts and likely didn’t register for construction schedulers. Assuming these houses of worship actually see an influx of Christmas/Easter-only Christians (or those celebrating Passover), holding off a week to avoid the atypical church traffic seems fine. Unfortunate that the Cherry Blossom Festival gets the brunt now. That said, the strength of the language used by the Interfaith Council is fairly obnoxious.


    Jamison Wieser

    Muni Forward is the implementation of the TEP, which was only finalized and certified last year. This is not a restart or a new project.

    The “smoke and mirrors” is probably because it hasn’t been rolled out.



    Ridiculous band aid tactics? Are you referring to “tactics” like more buses, more operators, cameras on buses, better street designs, bus only lanes, transit signal priority, all door boarding, and silly things like that?



    Thank you Muni for these recent improvements, and please keep it up! I’ve had much better experiences lately, including trips involving transfers. I’ve seen more buses and lower wait times. Buses are still too crowded sometimes so more buses and runs are appreciated. It’s easy to hate on Muni but with the changes mentioned in the article and the key on-street changes I see (red transit lanes, all door boarding, Haight St changes at Market, Lincoln Ave at 19th Ave) it finally seems Muni is making real improvements and it shows. Drop the schedule metric and replace it with a predictable headway and spead of buses. That’s what people care about, especially with Nextbus available.


    Andy Chow

    For the last 30 years if not more, Muni is a symbol of mediocrity. Muni purchased equipment that they never liked (such as Breda) and didn’t really maintain them. Things like double berthing and Central Subway end up to be less than what people expected them to be. Muni drivers have not enforced fare policy for a long time and are able to get away from it now because of proof of payment policy.

    I don’t necessarily blame all of it on the front line employees or the management. Politicians are partly responsible. While there have been ballot measures to increase funding for Muni, other city departments charge Muni more money.

    Voters have been more than generous. They approved ballot measures to reform Muni and created SFMTA, discontinue automatic pay raises to drivers, and providing more funds to Muni. While on one hand voters were promised a change in outcome, but more or less the outcome has been the same.

    There are others who think that they can increase transit use by offering a different product, and actually putting their ideas into action with private funds (such as Leap Transit). Rather than praising them to offer more choices and frees up Muni resources, there are some people dissing those options because they are better than mediocrity, or somehow would harm Muni by taking away fare revenue (even though fare loss is insignificant and that they will still pay taxes for Muni). I think a healthy competition is good. I think people generally want more than one type of restaurants, bars, cafes, and grocery stores. I think people should have more choices in mass transit, and not a choice between Muni or driving.

    Given the past history I don’t have a lot of confidence with Muni. Relabeling routes should be one of the last things to do.



    Why say “conceded to church leaders demands?” Why not say instead “accomodated neighbors concerns?” Your bias is showing.


    Lee Ross

    No matter when the Street Closure occurs some constituency is going to be disadvantaged. Just Wait until this Edifice is Up and Running. You think Van Ness is Impossible TODAY .. Just Wait. San Francisco is rapidly becoming a Dystopian view of the Future.






    Band-aid tactics? What do you suggest they do then, given the very limited amount of extra money they have?


    Dexter Wong

    If Muni Forward will not work, in your opinion, why aren’t you moving to some other burg with better transit?




    Michael Pappas, the Executive Director of the Interfaith Council, is also a former investment banker who was defrocked by the church for having an extramarital affair with other men and women.

    The city should not be giving into the wishes of a bully with no morals.



    ‘…the City is greatly indebted to those houses of worship for the annual sacrifice each make in providing critical space in their facilities to host between 60-100 homeless men nightly at the “Interfaith Winter Shelter.”’

    I’m just going to leave this here: