Today’s Headlines

  • Supes Vote 7-4 to Back Funding for Free Muni for Low-Income Youth (SFExam)
  • Oak and Fell Bikeways Begin to Take Shape (Haighteration)
  • SFMTA Considering Options for Central Subway Work in North Beach (SFExam)
  • USDOT Awards Central Subway $85M in New Starts Funds
  • SFMTA Directors Approve New Taxi Permit Sales Plan (City Insider)
  • San Jose Pedestrian Killed by Hit-and-Run Driver Near Crosswalk (NBCMerc)
  • Pedestrian Struck, Killed by Amtrak Train in Oakland (KTVUSFGate)
  • Motorcyclist Identified Two Months After Hit-Run Crash With Cyclist (PressDemo)
  • New Bay Bridge East Span Now Supporting Own Weight (SFGateCoCoTimesABC)
  • Sebastopol Council Supports Ordinance Protecting Vulnerable Road Users (PressDemo)
  • Palo Alto, Stanford Win $10M for Bike Bridge, Trails (PaloAltoOnlinePeninsulaTranspo)
  • Amtrak’s Capitol Corridor Sets New Ridership Record, Revenue Up 9 Percent in 2012

More headlines at Streetsblog Capitol Hill

  • voltairesmistress

    The supervisors’ “yes” vote on free MUNI for youth comes from the heart, but that’s its problem too.  It is an unfocused, unsystematic, goal-absent piece of legislation that panders to a portion of the electorate that likes to feel good about its imagined generosity. No serious thought to prioritization of revenues and spending.  The supes and the rest of city government lack a commitment to MUNI’s long-term expansion of service, infrastructure build-out, and mechanical maintenance.  This is what gives liberalism the stereotype of being all about tax and spend.  No mature decisions about what to sacrifice and what to keep, what to pare and what to grow.

  • Bruce Nourish

    Exactly. “MOAR FREE SHIT” trumps essential but unsexy back-of-house work. It’s pathetic and disgraceful, but par for the course. 

  • Anonymous

    Isn’t the goal to provide free MUNI for youth? How much clearer can that get? Since the business model of MUNI can’t run on fares alone anyway (it’s a public service, not a business), I don’t really see how this is such a big problem to be making less money when the point is to provide service to the public. It’s not like they’re proposing to build a subway line that doesn’t even have a transfer with the other main lines… 

    Free muni for youth would require some adjustment, but it’s not like the alternative uses for any of MUNI’s money is ever focused, systematic, or goal-oriented.  

  • I stand by my previous statements that this is a long term financial winner for MUNI.

  • Re: the liberal stereotype of “tax and spend”. 

    As opposed to what? The conservative stereotype of borrow and spend? Every dollar of the Bush tax “cuts” was simply added to the debt owed by taxpayers. (Not to mention unfunded wars of choice.) No mature decisions about what to sacrifice and what to keep, what to pare and what to grow.

  • Anonymous

    ” It is an unfocused, unsystematic, goal-absent piece of legislation”
    One of Muni’s strategic plan goals is to increase their ridership, in the end raising the current 38% transit mode share to 50%. I would say the Free Muni for Youth plan is right in line with that goal.
    As for unfocused, unsystematic spending, this program might actually be the easiest way to increase ridership without cutting into revenues significantly, as the youth who will take advantage of this program would largely not have been using Muni already, meaning that there is less of a net profit loss by offering them free fares.
    I don’t disagree that the plan is generous and philanthropic, but that doesn’t also mean that the plan is also inherently wasteful or nonstrategic.

  • Anonymous

    “When the people find that they can vote themselves money, that will herald the end of the republic.” 

    –Benjamin Franklin

  • Tahoe

    Pchazz – those under 18, the vast majority of those who benefit from this program – cannot vote.