Today’s Headlines

  • SFMTA Board Gives Thumbs Up to Van Ness BRT Plan (CBS, SFBG)
  • Muni to Re-Arrange Seats on LRVs to Expand Passenger Capacity (SFGate)
  • Supervisor Wiener Calls For Hearing on the Feasibility of Bike-Share Expansion in SF (SF Appeal)
  • Urban Designers Draw Up Visions for “Life After Highway 280” in Competition (SPUR)
  • Sleeping on the Job: City Controller Audit Reveals Problems With Muni’s Training Program (SFGate)
  • SFMTA Board Adopts Taxi Dispatch Service Standards (SF Examiner)
  • Five-Car Crash On Fourth Street Causes Bay Bridge Backup (CBS)
  • More on the Removal of Mona Caron’s Duboce/Church Utility Box Painting (SFBG, Mission Mission)
  • Oakland Considers More Green “Supersharrow” Carpets in Traffic Lanes (Cyclelicious)
  • Aging Caltrain Cars Lead to Rash of Delays (SF Exam), Including an Hour Backup Yesterday (Appeal)
  • Palo Alto Council Split on How to Launch Program to Reduce Driving Demand (PA Online)
  • CA High-Speed Rail Groundbreaking Delayed a Few More Months (CoCo Times)

More headlines at Streetsblog Capitol Hill

  • Anonymous

    Wiener’s hearing should be on the feasibility of NOT expanding bike share.

  • While I agree (!), something useful that everyone who wants bikeshare to expand could do is

    a) email Supervisor Wiener and thank him for supporting bikeshare expansion in San Francisco. If you live in District 8, let him know that and tell him the prime one or two spots where you would really like a bikeshare station in district 8. email: Scott.Wiener@sfgov.org

    b) if you live in any district besides district 8, also email your city supervisor, tell him/her you support expanding bikeshare in the city, and indicate the one or two prime spots in your district where you would really like a bikeshare dock in your district.

    District 1: Eric.L.Mar@sfgov.org
    District 2: Mark.Farrell@sfgov.org
    District 3: David.Chiu@sfgov.org
    District 4: Katy.Tang@sfgov.org
    District 5: London.Breed@sfgov.org
    District 6: Jane.Kim@sfgov.org
    District 7: Norman.Yee@sfgov.org
    District 9: David.Campos@sfgov.org
    District 10: Malia.Cohen@sfgov.org
    District 11: John.Avalos@sfgov.org

  • Anonymous

    Hmm….

    I suppose a location that would be prime would be “18th and Castro”. Castro’s streetscape is being redone. Was room for a bikeshare rack included in the project 🙂

  • Anonymous

    Regarding reconfiguring seats in LRVs, I’ve been struck on recent trips to Boston and New York by the efficient configuration of their trains. On Boston’s Red Line, like the trains I rode in New York, all the seats are against the walls (like the MUNI F line), creating a wide pathway down the middle that supports both standing and walking through the car. In my experience, the current configurations for MUNI’s LRVs support either standing on one side plus a walkway, or standing on both sides, which effectively chokes off movement through the car. I wonder if reconfiguring our LRVs so all seats face sideways would create more space, especially during heavy commute hours, while reducing the panic that comes from not being sure if you can actually exit the car at the next stop.

  • Tony

    Configuring seats so they’re all sideways facing should be a no brainer. There’d be more legroom during off peak time. Also prevents seat-hoggers from staking their claim by sitting in the aisle seat.

  • Supersharrows

    Oakland *has* painted supersharrows and is considering installing them on more streets:

    https://www.ebbc.org/supersharrows

  • Richard Mlynarik

    Efficient configuration on US LRVs? You must be joking!

    Step 1: 100% low floor.
    Step 2: 100% low floor.
    Step 3: 100% low floor.
    Step 4: 100% low floor.
    Step 5: ARTICULATED multi-segment trains. The multiple cabs and wasted space for couplers are a huge expense and drag. Nobody who has a clue puts up with that nonsense.


    Step 9: Rearrange the seats. (On the Titanic.)

  • Ted King

    I stand by my earlier comments back on 3 June 2013:

    I hope they explore a half+half option – bench seats on one side and front-/rear-facing on the other side much like the present center sections. There needs to be enough seats for people who are prone to motion sickness. The 1+2 seating from the front door to the rear door was and is a great feature on most of the PCC streetcars.

    Report on Muni’s light-rail trains is latest bad news for agency (S.F. Examiner, 2 June 2013)

  • Anonymous

    Speaking of green paint in the East Bay… When I rode to the Bay Bridge Bike/Ped Path last weekend, I noticed an unusual design on 40th Street between MacArthur BART and the bike path. They basically put a green stripe, the width of a bike lane, down the middle of the right-hand lane (leaving unpainted strips on each side).

    It’s strange, but effective and much appreciated.