Today’s Headlines

  • City Departments Not Ready to Give Up Cars to Comply With Two-Year-Old Mandate (SF Examiner)
  • SF Chronicle Praises Plan Bay Area’s Vision for Smart Growth
  • SPUR Provides An Update From the Mayor’s 2030 Transportation Task Force Meetings
  • The Latest From the Marina Times On the Safer Polk Street Situation
  • Start-Up Wants to Convert Retired Muni Buses Into Mobile Showers for the Homeless (SF Exam)
  • Construction Moves Along On Western Cesar Chavez Streetscape Upgrades (Noe Valley SF)
  • AC Transit Cancels Fare Hike In Favor of Looking at Fare Cuts (CoCo Times)
  • Public Employee Bike Lane Immunity Bill Tabled in CA Assembly (Cyclelicious)
  • With All-Electronic Tolling, GG Bridge Toll Plaza Sees Speeding and Carpool Lane Violations (Marin IJ)
  • Greater Marin: Urge GG Transit District Not to Approve Parking Garages at Larkspur Landing

More headlines at Streetsblog Capitol Hill

  • davistrain

    That proposal to convert retired Muni buses to mobile shower and restroom facilities for the “residentially challenged” brings up visions of old streetcar bodies made into roadside diners. It’s an intriguing idea, but the logistics of actually making it happen are formidable–the “come clean coaches” would require personnel to deal with a sometimes difficult “clientele”, there would have to be a “dump station” (something that motorhome travelers are familiar with), and the showers, commodes, etc. would have to be “industrial strength”, not the typical gear they sell at Camping World. One subject that came up in the discussion of the article was the expense of the drivers–fully qualified Muni operators would not be needed, because the coaches would not be carrying paying passengers.

  • voltairesmistress

    I don’t know even where to begin. The inefficiency, illogic, and exploitation contained in this plan are breath-taking. This is an example of the sorts of schemes that get nurtured, funded(?), and perpetuated by persons here in the Bay Are who find employment “serving” a perpetual community of destitute, usually mentally ill or addicted persons who are consequently homeless. It’s a parallel, so-called “non-profit” economy that sucks infinite tax revenues. It relies on clients who prefer roughing it to obtaining housing with rules, rent, order, medication, etc. attached to living as housed human beings. This non-profit homeless industrial complex is either cynical or fatuous, but whatever its motivation, it relies on its clientele not getting better.