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  1.  

    p_chazz

    No it’s an exact analogy. Both you and the 1950’s planners have adopted a utilitarian philosophy, the few who are negatively affected by a transportation project must suffer in favor of the many who will benefit from the project.

  2.  

    mx

    The Chronicle is reporting that the person killed this morning at San Jose and Lakeview was a middle school student rushing to catch a train to get to school. What a loss.

  3.  

    gneiss

    What a ridiculous attempt at an analogy. This isn’t about destroying people’s homes, reducing property values, or adversely effect air quality in their neighborhood. The objections to the restricted turn on Haight Street rest on how this would reduce the convenience of a few people who commute on Divisidero and Scott Streets and live in lower Haight who may have to make a few extra turns, or go a few blocks out of their way to make it to their homes.

    Try again.

  4.  

    thielges

    Yes an average of $86 sounds reasonable. In Germany Die Bahn routinely sells long distance HSR tickets for 29 euros if you book a few weeks in advance. I just queried Munich to Hamburg (comparable distance to SF-LA) on June 17 and see the 29 euro fare. Like the airlines, they make it up by gouging the last-minute travelers.

    http://reiseauskunft.bahn.de/bin/query2.exe/en

  5.  

    p_chazz

    Just like the handful of people who stopped the construction of the Embarcadero Freeway. They managed to derail a project that would have effected tens of thousands going from the Bay Bridge to the Golden Gate Bridge or vice versa.

  6.  

    NoeValleyJim

    Tell me then how you would have gotten this woman, a credit to her race, class and fine breeding, to move.

  7.  

    Bruce

    That’s mentioned in the article.

  8.  

    dawdler

    There are many ways to stand up for yourself. Not all require puerility or hostility.

  9.  

    Rogue Cyclist

    Unfriendly ped signals added in Oakland’s Rockridge District:

    http://www.gjel.com/blog/oaklands-walkability-threatened-by-misguided-traffic-engineering.html

  10.  

    gneiss

    The wiggle project has been put on hold based on objections from residents in lower Haight: http://hoodline.com/2015/05/approval-of-wiggle-project-delayed-divisadero-turn-restrictions-debated

    I was at the meeting on April 3rd where a single Scott St. resident got into it with a representative from SFMTA. What is shocking to me is that there are probably no more than 50 to 100 people in the lower Haight who regularly commute on Divisidero that might be affected by restricting left turns onto Haight Street from Divisidero going southbound. However, they’ve managed to derail a project that will effect 1,000’s of people who walk and bike in this area, not to mention the residents who live along Scott who contend with the cut through traffic, and all the people who commute along Divisiero past Haight.

    Absolutely unbelievable.

  11.  

    Akit

    The lane is clearly marked, can’t you see the white line the truck went over? How about parking meter stalls in the city? They are clearly marked with the “T” so people know they can’t go over it.

  12.  

    jonobate

    No. The system must be capable of doing SF to LA in 2:40, but the chances of them actually doing that in revenue service are very low. CAHSR have published timetables which show the fastest SF – LA runs at around 3hrs.

  13.  

    Amanda Clark

    I thought all trips, by the Holy Writ of Prop 1A, where supposed to be 2:40?

  14.  

    ZBurlingame

    “based on the lessons learned from the removal of the Embarcadero Freeway”

    the lesson we learned is that it now takes 20-35 minutes to drive the distance (along surface streets) that would have taken 5-10 minute on the “Embarcadero Freeway”…but, it’s such a prettier drive now…yay

  15.  

    ZBurlingame

    which would also reroute, nearly 200,000 (daily) cars/trucks/buses, that use that part of 280, onto 101 (which already sees around 250,000 (daily) vehicles). so this brilliant idea, would squeeze nearly a half million vehicles (an 80% increase) onto a stretch of highway 101, that is already a traffic nightmare most of the day.

    all this, so that there can be more development in an overdeveloped area…adding MORE vehicles to 101. i guess lee thinks that caltrain will be able to sufficiently serve the needs of those coming from south of the city…even though the need adding of more more local trains and the addition of high speed rail, will actually create more problems than it solves…oh, an add a new warriors arena…good luck getting to the giants to the games, or even the warrior games, or just good luck getting into the city. the bay side of san francisco will become a disaster in the coming decade, to the point that non one will want to go anywhere near it, and forcing more people and associated problems, into san mateo and santa clara counties

  16.  

    Bruce

    The final weekend closure of Doyle Drive/Presidio Parkway has been scheduled for May 28-June 1: http://www.presidioparkway.org/weekendclosure/

  17.  

    jd_x

    Yeah, been following that. It’s awesome they are doing this, but Russia is just insane ….

  18.  

    jonobate

    The $86 average HSR fare between SF and LA has been in the CAHSR business plan for several years. The only reason it’s in the news now is because the LA Times did a hatchet job where they claimed that fares couldn’t possibly be that low because other HSR systems around the world charge more than that. Of course, they selectively chose their sources in order to inflate the ticket prices of other HSR systems; the $86 SF to LA fare is actually in line with the ticket prices of other HSR systems around the world.

    The Acela is the odd one out in this regard, but that’s because the rail service on the Northeast corridor is split between the Acela and the Northeast Regionals, which are only slightly slower. CAHSR will run some 3hr express services from SF to LA (similar to the Acela), and some 3hr40 local services (similar to the Regionals), so you need to include the Northeast Regional fares with the Acela fares to make an reasonable comparison between the two systems.

  19.  

    Andy Chow

    In Russia activists place stickers on windshield of cars running on sidewalk as a shortcut.

    https://youtu.be/BHJxIwvFIGY

  20.  

    SF Guest

    Did Mr. Brown also tell you spending $48M on the Muni is a waste?

  21.  

    p_chazz

    No, they will be driven in their Google self-driving cars.

  22.  

    p_chazz

    We’d much rather be passive-aggressive.

  23.  

    murphstahoe

    Nobody is going to be driving a car in a couple of years. Willie Brown told me.

  24.  

    murphstahoe

    I’m sure Jim appreciates your concern

  25.  

    p_chazz

    Just sayin’

  26.  

    p_chazz

    Not if you live on Irving and drive a car.

  27.  

    p_chazz

    While discretion is the better part of valor, I guess you must have felt pretty safe, spitting on the windshield of a woman. Real brave of you.

  28.  

    the_greasybear

    Tickets are for bicyclists!

    Motorists are allowed to double park wherever they should so desire…especially on Sundays…

  29.  

    NoeValleyJim

    Better to die on your feet than live on your knees.

  30.  

    p_chazz

    Do that to the wrong entitled jerk and you may find yourself at the wrong end of a semi-automatic.

  31.  

    murphstahoe

    Don’t be so hasty. Let’s say we decide “look, we’re going with self-driving cars – that’s the wave of the future”.

    OK – so if we are going to have a fleet of self driving cars – basically Uber without drivers – then it is incumbent upon us to immediately cease permitting any parking in any new residential buildings or retail establishments. it would be folly to build more parking for cars that will never exist.

    Right?

  32.  

    NoeValleyJim

    Yeah stand up for yourself or jerks will walk all over you.

  33.  

    murphstahoe

    Simpler idea. Close Irving to private vehicles. Problem solved.

  34.  

    murphstahoe

    Now – are their cameras on the J? Would this be a ticketable offense?

  35.  

    murphstahoe

    Good point. Those train tracks he parked on are nearly invisible.

  36.  

    murphstahoe

    Parenting lessons from the master.

  37.  

    p_chazz

    Only a philistine would applaud such incivility.

  38.  

    Tsathogua

    I can’t wait to beat a mudhole into that kids ass when he does.

  39.  

    Golden Gate Shark

    if his kid spits in some idiots face I applaud that child.

  40.  

    p_chazz

    Teaching your 2-year old some valuable life lessons! Don’t be surprised when you get a call from the teacher saying your kid spat in another kid’s face and then said “It’s OK. My daddy did it!”

  41.  

    SF Guest

    Baseball was at 6 pm. I was heading back @ 1:45 pm.

  42.  

    Harish Dholakia

    Women say “safety issue”..men say “pick-up children and help wife in household work”.

    In the end, my observation is “laziness” and “convinience” are replaced by excuses mentioned above. People (include me) will find excuses and
    those who really want to ride will find more and more reasons for it.

    I do agree that women are a step ahead because once you use word “safety”, no one dares to challange you. I mean crime against men is much higher than against women. We live in a much safer world today but also lazy.

  43.  

    thomas Jr.

    LOL @ The people calling him a jackass and saying “asshole” just barely above their breath *AFTER* the guy got in his car with closed windows and drove away.

    San Francisco: Learn to confront people.

  44.  

    NoeValleyJim

    Some entitled princess in her Audi 7 class did that in my neighborhood. She just sat in her car while the J-Church driver jingled his horn, then honked at her then got out and politely asked her to move. I ran over (with a two year old in my hands, no less) and spit on her windshield. She took one look at me and drove off.

  45.  

    wayne lambright

    The lanes are not that clearly market. If he knew he is selfish, if not, lets work on it. How about a cop ride in the front of that muni for a week and give out tickets. I’ll take that job at 75% less pay. I need a job, would be happy to also give out tickets for littering.

  46.  

    NoeValleyJim

    You drive a vehicle like this because you are overcompensating for some other shortcoming.

  47.  

    NoeValleyJim

    I bicycle everywhere and have never been delayed more than a minute or two by anything, even a Presidential visit and motorcade.

  48.  

    gb52

    Well, if we cant tow them faster, we should charge them for every minute of delay. You wont be able to replace the time and productivity lost to all the people on the train, and the next train, and so on, but these are people with no disregard to others and are oblivious to the fact there are train tracks right there. Some people just should not be allowed to drive.

  49.  

    Akit

    If you are wondering about my video, the train was stuck on 9th between Irving and Judah because the car double parked there and forced the train to wait there for at least a good ten minutes. The metro operator rang the bell, sounded the horn multiple times, and there was nobody in the car and no person responding; until the clown finally got in his car and sped off.

  50.  

    Easy

    + baseball