Today’s Headlines

  • New Supervisor Christensen Wants Wider Sidewalks on Chinatown’s Stockton Street (SF Chronicle)
  • Man Run Over By Driver in Chinatown Parking Lot During Group Fight (SF Examiner)
  • SF General Hospital Officials: We Need Lots and Lots More Parking (SF Examiner)
  • More Bay Area Taxis Adding Onboard Cameras; Light-Running SFPD Driver Captured Hitting Cab (NBC)
  • Some Drivers Confused by Geary’s New Transit Priority Signals Stop for Ped Countdown (Richmond)
  • Why Don’t the Avenues See More Housing Development? Poor Transportation Options (SF Examiner)
  • Jane Warner Plaza to Get Redesigned After Concerns Over Appearance, User Behavior (Hoodline)
  • Sewer Replacement, Streetscape Construction Delayed on Hayes and Haight Streets (Hoodline)
  • Mission Local Joins SFTRU’s “PUBlic Transit Crawl,” GG Xpress Interviews SFSU Shuttle Drivers
  • BART to Get $5M to Develop Technology to Stop Trains When Workers Are on Tracks (CBS)
  • VTA to Host Public Meeting to Outline Plans for BART’s San Jose Extension Phase II  (NBC)
  • Caltrain Staff Says Regional Transit Fare Integration Won’t Be a Major Part of “Clipper 2.0” (GC)

More headlines at Streetsblog USA

  • coolbabybookworm

    In regards to developing the western neighborhoods, the inner richmond, inner sunset and West Portal areas are all extremely transit rich within SF. Weekday commutes downtown are generally a breeze with dozens of express buses. Getting outside of SF (via caltrain/BART/Ferries) is more of a challenge, but the neighborhoods are walkable and often bike able. Lastly Judah, Taraval, and Ocean Aves and any street with metro lines could all handle more density if the lines were given greater priority, regular 2-car trains, and increased frequency including late night reliability. I know we do not currently have the train cars to do this, but it could be done with time in conjunction with neighborhood plans that included upzoning and TOD along existing transit corridors, Geary BRT, and improving pedestrian and bike connections to transit.

    The Richmond, an area with 100,000+ residents and no metro line has tens of thousands of bus trips on 5 east-west bus routes (not to mention north south ones), so I get a little annoyed at the idea that there’s no good transit. Also, wasn’t the sunset originally developed due to the opening of the streetcar tunnels?

    All this said, I do understand that there are some issues building in an earth quake zone on what are essentially sand dunes.

  • John

    When it takes 45mins plus to get from outer richmond to the downtown (not including waiting and walking times), I would call that poor transportation….

  • Fran Taylor

    Regarding SFGH’s request for more parking, the Examiner offers this quote:

    “The hope ultimately is that Muni and other forms of transportation would be so good that we wouldn’t need all that parking,” Tom Nolan, president of the SFMTA board, told The Examiner, referring to the projected 900-space deficit.

    Meanwhile, the SFMTA is planning to reroute the #33-Stanyan, which now travels down Potrero past SFGH, to continue straight on 16th Street instead. Riders going to SFGH would have to transfer onto the very busy #9-San Bruno at 16th and Potrero. How does that improve Muni service to the hospital?

    As for the hospital’s Kathy Jung, quoted as saying “When you have a chronic disability or diseases, you don’t want to take a bus to the hospital,” has she ever ridden the #9 or other lines that serve SFGH? Of course, it would be nice to get a ride to the hospital, but many patients at this public facility have no options but Muni. Riders getting off at 22nd or 23rd Street often look like they’re about to keel over. This seems to be about SFGH trying to get out of serving the city’s poorest residents and attracting a wealthier patient base.

  • coolbabybookworm

    Also the article stated that 50% of the hospital workers drive alone. Like universities, hospitals and other large employers need to get creative and incentivize commuting that saves their employees and themselves money (i.e. not building more parking and reducing drive alone trips).

  • Michael Morris

    Hospitals have a more specific problem because their workers don’t have traditional hours. A doctor in Walnut Creek can’t depend on BART when they’re on call overnight and a custodian whose shift ends at 3 am needs to drive as well. Anyone who has to show up before 6 or stay after midnight won’t be able to depend on BART and most of their employees probably can’t afford potrero rents. But I’m just making excuses, I’m sure there are ways SF general can improve their employees commute strategies.

  • thielges

    Fortunately parking lots are at their emptiest at those odd hours. Pressure to add more parking spaces comes during the core of the traditional workday and that coincides with the best transit service frequencies.

  • coolbabybookworm

    Notice how I didn’t mention the outer Richmond, where you’re right it does have longer transit times and fewer options than the places I did mention. Express buses (31AX, 38AX, and 1AX) will get you from the outer Richmond downtown in about 30 minutes from about 6-9 AM on a weekday and home in the evening although outbound trips tend to take longer in my experience. The 5L is an improvement but I think it might still take longer than 30 minutes.

    The outer Richmond needs BRT and other bus route improvements at the very least and maybe one day some rail. That said, I know many people who live happily without cars in the outer Richmond and have for many years, using bikes, Muni, and walking to get around. I think development of soft sites can be accommodated in the outer Richmond without significantly inducing car trips.

  • thielges

    Speaking of Clipper, I just stumbled across another operational gotcha that might lead to losing a large amount of cash in Caltrain tickets. It works like this:

    – card is loaded with multiple Caltrain 8-ride tickets via the payroll deduction ClipperDirect program
    – employee changes office location that negates the need for the previously purchased 8-ride tickets
    – employee requests that unused 8-ride tickets be converted to Clipper cash: Denied

    The only “solution” offered is to wait 6 months for the reserved Caltrain 8-ride tickets to expire without being used, then request a refund which *might* be granted. In order to do this the employee must be careful to not use the Clipper card for any journey that might consume one of the 8-ride tickets.

    The most reliable way to handle this is to buy another Clipper card to use for the next 6 months and then remember to request a refund on the old card after 6 months has expired. This refund has to go all the way backwards through the payroll deduction process and get credited back to the employee’s paycheck. It will be interesting to see whether all of the people involved in that backflow process will know how do their part correctly.

    Note that a refund is not even needed or requested. The simplest solution is to just convert the unneeded 8-rides to clipper cash right within the Clipper system. But no-one at Clipper knows how to do this simple exchange.

    If you’re using Caltrain 8-ride tickets with ClipperDirect please keep this Kafkaesque situation in mind. It is better to run down your 8-rides to zero and switch to 100% cash before your need of the 8-rides goes away.

  • murphstahoe

    On any given day – the majority of people working there are within BART hours. Eschewing trying to get them to not drive because there are some that can’t – Le sigh

  • murphstahoe

    In other words – increase the single ride clipper discount and get rid of eight ride tickets

  • Richard Mlynarik

    Clipper: a pure, unmitigated scam to funnel unaccountable amounts of cash (oh, sorry “e-cash”) directly into the bulging pockets (oh, “e-purses”) of rent-seeking defense contractor Cubic, Inc, directly aided and abetted by MTC Executive Director For Life Steve “$5 billion dollar Bay Bridge cost blowout” Heminger.

    Democracy is a wonderful system!

  • thielges

    Why stop there? Lets have a fully integrated fare system. There’s no technical barrier. All it takes is N different agencies to decide how to divvy up the revenue.

    Ugh. Here’s hoping that Clipper 2.0 brings us more than just upgrading the tag-on kiosks to 1990s era color LCDs.

  • Fran Taylor

    Workers leaving after midnight would be arriving in late afternoon, so sure, the parking garage would be empty when they leave but not when they get there. I oppose more parking but believe we have to be aware of the needs of shift workers.

  • Richard Mlynarik

    Here’s hoping?

    Hah. Improvements to
    service are explicitly OUT OF SCOPE. Don’t just take my word for it.

    Increases of payments to rent-seeking defense contractor Cubic, Inc, are very much on the table, and the sole thing that MTC is interested in abetting.

    Remember: the more “complex” the system “forced” upon the monopoly contractor, the more ridiculous the opportunities for change orders (and more change orders, and more more more more more change orders), push-back, monopolistic pricing, kick-backs, profit skimming, per-transaction skimming, and insane cost overruns are.

    Death really is too kind a fate for anybody
    involved in the approaching-a-billion-dollar fraud of
    TransLink(tm)(r)/Clipper(sm)(c) any time over the last two decades.

    Fun Fact: unindicted former mayor Willie Brown sits on Cubic’s “Advisory Board”