Today’s Headlines

  • Police Seek Hit-and-Run Driver Who Hit Man Delivering Beer at Shotwell and 24th (ABC)
  • More on the Fiery Big Rig Crash on Upper Market (Exam); Drivers Fail on the Wiggle (Hoodline)
  • SFPD Officer Sued for Spitting in PCO’s Face After Driving Drunk, Nearly Hitting Her (SFGate)
  • DA Gascón to Charge Driver in Sunset/Yorba Death (KTVU); CBS Gasps at Time, Expense of Signal
  • Paratransit Drivers Union Rejects Contract, Could Strike (ABC)
  • Controversial Contract for More Muni Bus Ad Wraps Passes Supervisors Committee (SFBay)
  • More on the Muni Car With Removed Seats (Examiner); Sunday Meters CEQA Appeal (Examiner)
  • 1960s Transit Planners Dreamed of a BART-Like Subway System Called “Muni Rapid” (Muni Diaries)
  • Marin County Transit District to Get New Manager: Consultant Nancy Whelan (Marin IJ)
  • Green Caltrain Lists the Ways the System Could Increase Capacity Now
  • Person Killed on BART Tracks at Pleasant Hill Station (ABC)
  • Get Ready to Connect Your Bike Lock to Wi-Fi (ABC, NPR)

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  • Jamison Wieser

    The Board of Supervisors has absolutely zero reason to shit up Muni busses with more advertising. If SFMTA needed the money, it wouldn’t have ended sunday parking. A few hundred thousand dollars is pocket change compared to the millions upon millions that Sunday parking generated.

    So why are the Supervisors being such assholes towards Muni riders? Are they simply being spiteful? Are they trying to make Muni such a shitty experience that we transit riding scum will start driving? Is the advertising company paying the supervisors off?

    We deserve to know the REAL REASON the supervisors want to cover busses in more ads while giving millions in free parking.

  • voltairesmistress

    Regarding the possible paratransit drivers’ strike: This would be catastrophic for disabled riders, trapping them in their homes and unable to get to doctors, food stores, and the like. Surely this is a civil rights issue. I believe para transit drivers should not be allowed to strike, and that stalled contract negotiations should have to be arbitrated by a neutral third party, so that employers cannot simply hold out. Does anyone know what, if any laws or pending legislation would address this issue?

  • als

    There has to be an Ed Lee conspiracy going on. First he ends a very succesful Sunday parking program that was supported by the business community and showed a great benefit to the driving public.

    Then the SFMTA takes away the greatest thing about the system – what you see out the windows of the transit vechiles (light rail cars also). Figure 20 voters per vechile, 100’s of trips a day, every day.

    Then they ask you to support an amazing (crazy in todays world) bond issue in November.

    They all seem to be trying to get every voter possible to vote no on the November bond issue so they can sink public transit in San Francisco (if the voters say no what are we going to do? Sarcastic question for after the November election).

  • Jamison Wieser


    Your last question is where the sarcasm ends and you’ve brought it back to the very important reality of: what do we do if both measures don’t pass?

    Every compromise to the approved Bike Plan EIR and the approved Transit Effectiveness Plan EIR cuts the predicted savings and increases the costs to continue running our transportation network as is. So if this doesn’t pass, those costs are just going to keep climbing.

    Because this whole thing is complicated and has a lot of acronyms, the process goes something (and I am trying to boil it down) like this:

    An approved (certified) Environmental Impact Report (EIR) is the result of an Environmental Impact Study (EIS) which might be required by either or both the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) or the National Environmental Protection Act (NEPA) depending on whether the development is on state or federal ground, private development might not be covered under either, Both were landmark bills when they were passed in 1970, but technology and understanding of human behavior has evolved. When folks speak of “CEQA reform” they often mean, getting away from an antiquated system (Level of Service, or LOS) that essentially measured pollution by how much more pollution cars would emit if delayed in traffic. They didn’t and couldn’t model the complexity of transit vs. private cars, vs. bikes, and car share didn’t even exist back then.

    We kinda care more about traffic delays that how much preventable traffic is being added to the street grid. But we are moving away from that and there’s a new system called Automobile Trip Generation (ATG) which factors in things like accessibility to a subway station or along a major bike corridor.