This Week: Van Ness BRT Plan Unveiled and Final TEP Workshops

Lots of agency action on important items this week: SFCTA staff will present the selected design for the Van Ness BRT project; the SFMTA Board of Directors could approve major new debt to finance the construction of the Central Subway; the Board of Supervisors holds a public hearing on the parking-rich 8 Washington project; and city staff hold a meeting to revive safety improvements on Second Street.

Also, don’t miss the last two SFMTA workshops on the Transit Effectiveness Project improvements, including a final overview. When the work week wraps up, enjoy some sun at Sunday Streets in the Mission.

Here are all the highlights from the Streetsblog calendar:

  • Tuesday and Saturday: Muni Transit Effectiveness Project (TEP) Workshops. The SFMTA holds its final two TEP workshops this week. The first, on Tuesday at 6 p.m., will focus on improvements for the downtown sections of the 14-Mission and 30-Stockton lines and will be held at the Bayanihan Center (1010 Mission at 6th St.). Then, on Saturday at 10 a.m., the SFMTA will overview the proposals for all eight routes at its final community meeting at the SFMTA Building (1 South Van Ness) on the 2nd floor.
  • Also TuesdaySFMTA Board of Directors Meeting. The SFMTA Board could approve sizable new bonds to fill a funding gap for the construction of the Central Subway. The board is also expected to approve an all-door boarding policy for Muni and agreements for CMPC’s hospital developments. 1 p.m.
  • More TuesdaySF Board of Supervisors Meeting. The board will hold a hearing on the 8 Washington project at the Embarcadero, providing what may be the last chance for opponents to speak out against excessive car parking at the transit-rich waterfront. 2 p.m.
  • Still More TuesdayVan Ness BRT Citizens’ Advisory Committee meeting. Staff from the SF County Transportation Authority will present the selected design for the Van Ness Bus Rapid Transit project, which would feature center-running lanes using a combination of two configurations. Check out the website for more public outreach meetings, and stay tuned to Streetsblog for more details. 5:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday: Second Street Improvement Project Community Meeting. Staff from the SFMTA and Department of Public Works will hold the first official meeting to revive the faltered plan for streetscape improvements on Second Street between Market and King streets. 6 p.m.
  • FridaySF Bike Party: May the 4th be With You. Merge your inner bike-geek and your inner Star Wars-geek (“May the 4th”… get it?) into one awesome nerdgasm. Liberate those limited-edition lightsabers from their dusty boxes and lead the Rebel forces to victory by bike in the streets of SF. 7:30 p.m.
  • SaturdayBerkeley Blessing of the Bikes. Whether you’re a believer or not, join Berkeley Mayor Tom Bates and East Bay Bike Coalition Executive Director Renee Rivera for Berkeley’s first-ever Blessing of the Bikes, an event originating in New York City, where interfaith clergy will actually bless your bike. Afterward, the EBBC will lead a Sustainable Solutions Family-Friendly Bike Tour of school gardens and local businesses. 11 a.m.
  • SundaySunday Streets: Mission. Get out and enjoy the first of four Sunday Streets events in the Mission this year with dancing, music, kids activities, free bike rentals, and more along car-free Valencia and 24th Streets. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Keep an eye on the calendar for updated listings. Got an event we should know about? Drop us a line.


This Week: East Bay BRT Hearing and a “Hella Big Bike Party”

This Wednesday, the AC Transit Board of Directors will hold a hearing on approving plans for the East Bay Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) project. The SF Planning Commission this Thursday will also hold a hearing on approving CPMC’s development plans at the Cathedral Hill and St. Luke’s sites, and the biggest bike party comes together this Saturday in […]

Toward a Faster Muni: Detailed TEP Improvement Proposals Now Available

Detailed plans for proposed improvements on eight Muni routes are now available for viewing on the SFMTA’s Transit Effectiveness Project (TEP) website. Head over for a block-by-block breakdown of proposed street changes like transit-only lanes, sidewalk extensions, boarding islands, relocated or consolidated stops, replacing stop signs with traffic signals or traffic-calming measures, and more to help keep […]

This Week: Support a Transit-First SFMTA Budget

Tomorrow the SFMTA may approve measures including Sunday afternoon metering and free Muni for low-income youth, when its two-year budget proposal goes before the Board of Directors. The public is invited to comment — don’t miss the last chance to speak in support of a strong transit-first budget. Other highlights this week: CPMC’s plans for […]

This Week: Final Open House on Redesigning Polk Street

The SFMTA will unveil its final proposals for a redesigned Polk Street this Wednesday — don’t miss this chance to weigh in. The SFMTA Board of Directors also meets to go over the recommended service adjustments in the Muni TEP, and SPUR discusses how big data is shaping transit policy. Here are this week’s calendar highlights: Tuesday: Listen in […]

This Week: A Deluge of Transportation Planning Meetings

It’s the week before Thanksgiving, which means it’s time for city agencies to pack in a last-minute flood of community meetings before the holiday season. The SFMTA will host meetings on Market Street car restrictions and transit lanes, upgrades for the Muni 8X-Bayshore Express, and another public workshop about designs for a protected bikeway on […]