Today’s Headlines

  • Drunk Driver Hits, Seriously Injures Woman at Bus Stop at Mission and 30th (SFGate, Mission Local)
  • Hit-and-Run Driver Hits Bicycle Rider at Market and Octavia (Castro Biscuit)
  • Chronicle Columnist Caters to Complaints From Readers About Pedestrians Who “Add to Perils”
  • Muni to Replace Sunset Tunnel Tracks During 15 Weekend N-Judah Shutdowns (SFBay)
  • SFCTA Board Set to Approve $13.1M for Muni Transit Effectiveness Project (SF Examiner)
  • Supes Committee to Consider Two Muni Operator Bathrooms in Bayview-Hunter’s Point (SF Examiner)
  • More on the Planned Bike, Pedestrian, and Sewer Improvements on the Wiggle (SF Weekly)
  • SF Examiner: We Don’t Yet Know the Full Impacts Tech Shuttles Should Pay For
  • SFMTA Expected to Lose Tens of Thousands in Waived Taxi Permit Fees (SF Examiner)
  • 90-Year-Old Menlo Park Driver Who Crashed Into Twins on Sidewalk Won’t Face Charges (Almanac)
  • Oakland Signs Final Agreement on East Bay BRT (AC Transit)
  • Gov. Brown Asks CA Supreme Court to Review Ruling Requiring CAHSR Funding Revisions (Examiner)

More headlines at Streetsblog Capitol Hill

  • Jeffrey Baker

    Anything that can be done in fifteen weekend can also be done in one weekend with fifteen times more labor and equipment. Why can’t SFMTA just put people to work and dramatically reduce inconvenience to the public?

  • Ian Turner

    That is actually not necessarily true; it is known as the man-month fallacy. For example, it takes 9 months to make a baby, no matter how many women you assign to the process.

  • Mario Tanev

    The 30th and Mission stop is my stop! The person was waiting at a time I sometimes wait.There didn’t even used to be a shelter there until last year. It’s shocking to imagine this could have been you crushed by a car, just waiting for your bus.

  • Sprague

    I agree. Unsafe and reckless driving endangers everyone. This specific stop did not even seem particularly vulnerable – yet it was. In addition to footing the medical bills and other damages of the person he injured, I hope that the hit-and-run driver is made to reimburse the city for the very damaged bus shelter. As a result of this driver’s actions, the sidewalk on the east side of Mission (at 30th) was closed well into early Saturday morning – forcing pedestrians to walk in the street or cross Mission (it is unclear why this was the case; I was at that intersection around 1 am and the sidewalk was still littered in broken glass; yellow police tape had the entire sidewalk closed off and a police cruiser was idled in the traffic lane closest to the damaged bus stop; about five hours after the crash no one had yet bothered to sweep the sidewalk or at least partially reopen the sidewalk… further endangering and inconveniencing pedestrians).

  • jd_x

    And I hope this motorist has their driver’s license permanently revoked and be forced to do community service for pedestrians and public transit causes *after* he gets out of jail … though I’m almost certain this won’t happen.

  • jd_x

    I agree. Your example may be a little extreme (maybe a couple weekends instead of one), but I’ve never understood why public works projects have to be so spread out so that they all take longer. Why not throw crews all at only a couple projects at a time so that the disruption is minimal?

  • Jeffrey Baker

    No idea. I once watched a streetcar line in Zurich get replaced in three days by hundreds of guys with backhoes every 20 meters. I think the sad conclusion I’ve slowly adopted is that either Americans are just too stupid to manage a construction project like that, or it must be more profitable for the contractors to drag it out.

  • Didn’t they just replace the wiring in the Sunset Tunnel a couple years ago?

  • Mario Tanev

    Maybe you’re thinking about the Duboce Triangle and Cole rail replacement?

  • No, I’m thinking of this:

    So why does the wiring need to be replaced again four years later? Copper should last longer than that.

  • Mario Tanev

    The article you linked talks about replacement 16 feet of stolen wires. I think they’re talking about replacing more than 16 feet in this instance. Also, probably the entire catenary gets replaced now, not just the wire.

  • jonobate

    I’m guessing it’s because these projects are bid on by individual contracting firms who don’t have enough workers to work at that sort of speed. SFMTA doesn’t want the hassle of administering multiple contracts on the same job, and contracting firms don’t want the hassle to having to form joint ventures with other contracting firms for a fairly small project (as they would for a large project such as HSR), so the cheapest bids are found by doing the work at the speed of one contracting firm.

    Cities like Zurich may be able to complete rail replacement work faster because Switzerland has a much bigger rail system than the US, therefore more and bigger contracting firms for rail services with more resources at their disposal.

  • Uhh, that’s a pretty sweeping statement. I have to imagine that working inside a tunnel built in the 1920s requires some careful staging- cramming in 15x more people/materials seems like it’d run up against OSHA requirements, among other constraints.