Today’s Headlines

  • Man on Bike Hospitalized by AC Transit Bus Driver at Folsom and Beale (SFGate)
  • “Street Fight” Author: Private Shuttles Indicate Need for Better Regional Bus Network (SFBG)
  • 80 Percent of Private Shuttle Stops Are for Trips Within City Limits (SFGate)
  • SFBG: SFMTA Could Charge Shuttle Operators More to Use Stops Under Law
  • SF Weekly: “Theatrical Outbursts” at SFMTA Board Meeting on Shuttle Fees Were in Vain
  • Save Muni: Mayor’s Task Force Proposals Must Be Better Prioritized for Muni (SF Examiner)
  • Former Streetsblog Writer Michael Rhodes on How TOD Can Help Address the Housing Crisis
  • Coverage of the Vision Zero Rally, Last Week’s Hearing on SFPD Enforcement (BeyondChron)
  • SFPD Says it Can’t Do Much About Bike Chop Shops if Thefts Go Unreported (ABC)
  • SM County Sheriff Cracks Down on El Camino Real Crosswalk Violators After Man is Killed (SBP)
  • Car Wrecks Clog 101 in Marin County During Morning, Evening Commutes (Marin IJ)
  • CA Has Some of the Safest Driving Laws in the Country, Says New Report (SacBee)

More headlines at Streetsblog Capitol Hill

  • Mario Tanev

    When my girlfriend’s bike got stolen we spent hours in the police station filing the report. One week later, they said they could not find a record for that report. We had to file an amendment referencing the number for the previous report. Some time later, they had no record of the original report nor the amendment.

    So a lot of time spent on filing a report, and then the SFPD doesn’t even properly record it. It’s possible that her bike is in the warehouse or was seen in a chop shop, but the SFPD couldn’t do anything because they don’t know about it.

    I think that is one of the biggest reason people don’t file report, or if they file them, that SFPD cannot match their bicycle in a chop shop.

  • Andy Chow

    The problem with the Google shuttles isn’t the fact that it is privately funded and operated. These shuttles save taxpayers money. Many transit agencies (including AC Transit) has tried to serve these markets but not so successful (AC Transit cut transbay service to Oracle last month). Also, current government regulation scheme and corporate attitude do not favor those buses opening up to the public and charge a reasonable fare.

    The problem is poor regional planning especially around housing. People who ride those shuttles have received a massive subsidy with their free commute to compete for housing in San Francisco, pricing out those who wanted to live in SF because of the lower out of pocket transportation costs (time+fare/gas, etc).

  • justin

    When I got hit by a car (which fled) on my bike last year, I showed the desk officer at Mission Station the blood dripping down my bruised leg, along with a license plate number, two witnesses’ phone numbers, and a description of the car and driver. I only found out weeks later when the report was available that it was filed as “Property Damage Only,” and the license plate number was wrong. When I asked to correct the report, that I had been injured, they said I could, but it didn’t matter because there wouldn’t be any investigation. After weeks of trying to find someone at SFPD that would even talk to me, I wished I had never even filed a report in the first place, they were so horrible. The SFPD could not care less about you or your safety.

  • mikesonn

    “The problem is poor regional planning especially around housing.”

    Yes.

    “People who ride those shuttles have received a massive subsidy with their free commute to compete for housing in San Francisco, pricing out those who wanted to live in SF because of the lower out of pocket transportation costs (time+fare/gas, etc).”

    Nope.

  • aslevin

    “Also, current government regulation scheme and corporate attitude do not favor those buses opening up to the public and charge a reasonable fare.” While governments are not pressuring Google to open up the direct buses, the Shuttles to/from Mountain View Caltrain station, funded by Google and other employers, are already open to the the public. And cities including Mountain View are starting to create nonprofits that help companies smaller than the giants pool money for shared services.

  • murphstahoe

    Also, current government regulation scheme and corporate attitude do not
    favor those buses opening up to the public and charge a reasonable
    fare.

    You are confusing “Corporate attitude” with “Corporate Workplace”. The Shuttle buses from SF are live workplaces with wi-fi and a lot of confidential work going on. Google does not let the public hang out in their offices either.