Today’s Headlines

  • Blaming Ped Victims, SF Fire Chief Hayes-White Threatens Planned Street Safety Fixes (SF Examiner)
  • Muni’s Ugly Trolley Wires Still Worth the Benefits of Electric Buses (SFGate)
  • Transbay Transit Center Hits Construction Milestone (SF Examiner)
  • Caltrain: Ruling on CAHSR Funding Won’t Affect Electrification Schedule (SM Daily Journal)
  • BART Re-Starts Talks Over Labor Contract Provision Dispute (SF Examiner, NBC, SacBee)
  • MTC Committee Approves Funds for SMART Extension to Sonoma County Airport (Press Democrat)
  • Omar Cervantescruz, 23, Killed in Solo Car Crash on Highway 1 in Half Moon Bay (Examiner)
  • Palo Alto Residents Frustrated at Lack of Data to Predict Traffic With New Developments (PA Online)
  • Woodside Audit Recommends Traffic Calming Upgrades for Safer Routes to School (Almanac)

More headlines at Streetsblog Capitol Hill

  • Patrick

    “As many as 74 percent of pedestrian injuries result from jaywalking,
    other citable offenses or pedestrians being “inattentive,” the chief

    So, when a driver encounters a pedestrian who is jaywalking or otherwise inattentive, injuring them is okay because they are breaking the law. So can I smash the windows of double parked cars? Or beat up drivers that cut me off when I try to cross the street?

  • gneiss

    I love how selective Ms. Brubaker and others are on the ‘visual pollution’ issue in the city. We’ve got private cars parked on streets everywhere, on just about every single usable piece of curb space in the city (and some not so usable). Talk about ugly. Yet she worries about overhead wires. Good grief.

  • Mario Tanev

    Also, trolleybuses exist in the civilized world without a lot of visual pollution. Most wires are utility wires and can be under-grounded, but it takes money. Trolley wires exist on very few streets compared to the total number of free hanging wires, so they should be the last to be ever touched.

  • murphstahoe

    Is Brubaker protesting telephone and power lines? Maybe we can start by taking out her power lines.

  • Jamison Wieser

    There is still room for beautification around the wires: on the Embarcadero the overhead only spans the median where the trains run instead of spanning the whole width. Could the same thing be done when building Van Ness BRT?

    SFMTA is going to rewire Castro Street as part of the sidewalk widening project and clear out some of the clutter from the long-discontinued 8-Market line. Just Mario suggest, we can get rid of a lot of other wires even if we still need the trolley wire.

  • gneiss

    The 74% number she cites is completely bogus. According to The Examiner, in 2012, there were 948 pedestrian-vehicle incidents, of which only 33% could be attributed to pedestrian violations. Vehicle right-of-way violations accounted for 43% of the collisions. The leading cause of the incidents were: driving at unsafe speeds, red-light violations, failure to yield to pedestrians at crosswalks, failure to yield while making a left or U-turn, and failure to halt at a stop sign.

    Supervisor Wiener is absolutely right – the biggest factor in affecting SFFD response time is illegal behavior by car drivers and delivery vehicles. And the primary reason why we have pedestrian-vehicle incidents in the first place can be laid on illegal behavior by motorists. To suggest that making the streetscape more conducive to walking and biking would increase the danger to people injured by vehicles is mendacious in the extreme and shows how woefully out of touch our fire chief is with the realities of living in a dense, urban, space. Completely befitting someone who labelled the airport incident where fire fighters twice ran over a disabled passenger at an airline crash “a tragic accident”.

  • Anandakos

    Is Van Ness BRT going to be electric? That’s great news. And, certainly, they should use T towers only spanning the busway.

  • mikesonn

    You have to be f’ing kidding me.

    *shakes fist*

  • Jamison Wieser

    Electrifying the Van Ness busway is mentioned near the end and the plan is to use a mix of both hybrid-electric and trolley-busses for some rejiggering of the existing 47 and 49 line. The 47 is a currently a diesel line, so hybrid is a step up. The 49 is already an electric line and that arrangement makes sense: hybrid busses can pass around the tethered busses and vice versa.

    It seems likely planners will want to keep the median free from poles be it for busses passing or to allow room for emergency and service vehicles. Otherwise I’m with you, “T” towers definitely make for the least clutter if we do have to have wires.

  • coolbabybookworm

    I think the removal of the onsite affordable housing makes that extra appalling. Fortunately there are a lot of older buildings with little to no parking, but where are car free people supposed to move if there are literally only going to be 10 new car free units built? That’s one of my biggest complaints of the density fetishists, all the new dense development has floors of parking, maybe not 1:1 but far more than is needed.

  • aslevin

    It would be great to see a SFFD-backed in initiative to reduce double-parking.

  • Jim

    The 47 has wire for most of its route except along the ends in SOMA and Fisherman’s Wharf. The original 47 use to be a trolley bus route; the current iteration of the 47 is the western half of the counter-clockwise portion of the former 42.

  • SFnative74

    “Jaywalking” is usually incorrectly attributed anyway. According to the CA Vehicle Code, it is only illegal to cross midblock if there is a signal at each end of the block.

  • This just in from Anne Brubaker:

    As Chairman of the San Francisco Coalition to Underground Utilities, I need to let all San Franciscans know there is ABSOLUTELY NO PLAN to combine our effort to underground utilities with any Muni Transit changes in bus lines. I clearly told Mr. Wildermuth that we had only mentioned Muni lines in passing were not including it in our work. Mr. Wildermuth assured me he had visited our website, where our position paper is plainly available to all. No mention is made in it of Muni lines. It saddens me that a member of the press felt misrepresenting an organization served any constructive purpose. Of course all overhead wires are a visual blight, but as well, the muni lines serve a current purpose for an entire population. The utilities lines are underground for 53% of our city, our group believes the other half of San Francisco is equally deserving of a modern infrastructure; we work toward that end alone.