Today’s Headlines

  • Muni to Rename “Limited” Lines as “Rapid,” Change Some Bus Line Names (Muni Diaries)
  • Supes Pass Resolution Urging SFMTA to Consider “Labor Harmony” in Regulating Private Shuttles (USA)
  • Supervisor Farrell Wants to Regulate Shuttles Leap, Chariot Because They Block Driveways (ABC, KTVU)
  • Leap Bus Breaks Down on Second Day — So Much for Surpassing Muni (Muni Diaries)
  • Block of Van Ness to Be Closed to Traffic on April 10 Weekend for CPMC Tunnel Construction (SFMTA)
  • More on the Illegal Sunday Parking Free-For-All on the Dolores Street Median (Uptown Almanac)
  • Martinez Mother Crushed in Parked Car By Gravel Truck During Sidewalk Construction (NBC, CBS, ABC)
  • Alameda to Upgrade All Parking Meters to Accept Credit Cards (Alamedan)
  • Stanley Roberts Shames Drivers and Pedestrians at Fremont Crosswalk
  • San Bruno Sheriff’s Deputy Hits Woman With Cruiser (SM Daily Journal)
  • San Mateo Court Dismisses Suit From Driver Who Crashed Into Fire Truck Driver Using Sirens (Almanac)
  • Donkey-Based Transportation on the Rise in Hayes Valley (Hoodline)

More headlines at Streetsblog USA

  • mx

    “Muni to Rename “Limited” Lines as “Rapid,” Change Some Bus Line Names”

    So Muni really didn’t consider how stupid this makes them sound? While I agree the “Limited” name isn’t wonderful (limited service tends to be a bad thing), it’s a term everyone understood. It also had the advantage that when the bus breaks down or gets stuck in traffic, you don’t look like utter morons for calling the service “rapid” when it can be anything but. Save the term “rapid” for actual BRT service.

  • Jeff Gonzales

    Link for “San Mateo Court Dismisses Suit From Driver Who Crashed Into Fire Truck Driver Using Sirens” is broken

  • gneiss

    The story about the church goers who are upset that “others” are using their illegal double parking spaces on Dolores Street is delicious schadenfreude. Really, the city should just do away with the practice. It annoys the neighbors and creates a safety hazard.

  • mike_napolis_beard

    That’s a fair point. But given delays to BRT service, I think it makes sense to implement a best practice now rather than wait, particularly if it can help attract new riders. Also, there’s always “Rapid Plus”! Or “Rapider,” which is just crazy enough to catch on.

  • lunartree

    Is it really such a bad practice? Those streets aren’t too busy on Sundays, and it seems like it works well for the community. My only complaint is that it isn’t open to everyone.

  • Aside from wasting space, it’s also dangerous for bicyclists and prevents emergency vehicles from getting through.

  • gneiss

    On Dolores, there is certainly a case to be made to make the center lane a ‘parking lane’ on weekend morning hours given the low volume of through traffic. However, if the city is going to sanction it, then they should add signs and give everyone access to that parking.

    Saying that only church goers have access, or as in other neighborhoods, sanctioning double parking in bike lanes or on narrow single lane streets creates unnecessary hazards for other users and is discriminatory in it’s application. It also creates a nuisance for neighbors trying to get their cars out from behind a row of double parked cars or in front of their driveways.

  • mx

    “Supes Pass Resolution Urging SFMTA to Consider “Labor Harmony” in Regulating Private Shuttles”

    If “labor harmony” was a requirement to use Muni bus stops, Muni buses themselves would rarely be able to stop at bus stops.

  • Andy Chow

    Basically this is a massive devaluation of “Rapid.” When agencies like AC Transit, VTA, and LA Metro introduced rapid service, they make sure that these service distinguish themselves from the limited. One of the distinguishing features is the capital upgrades these lines received.

  • Bruce

    All of the high-floor diesel buses are being replaced over the next couple of years with low-floor hybrids. The high-floor trolleybuses are still a few years from being replaced.

  • Bruce

    Plus, what’s the difference between “Rapid” and “Express”? To a tourist or someone new to town I could see that being very confusing, especially on lines that have both (14, 38).

  • mx

    Good point. If you get on a “rapid” bus without fully understanding the system, you may have to walk 5-7 minutes extra because your stop was skipped. If you get on an “express” bus without fully understanding the system, you may wind up on the other side of town because your stop was skipped. “Limited” is at least a term in common use worldwide.