Today’s Headlines

  • Muni Metro Double Berthing Gets Green Light From CPUC to Launch as Early as May (SF Examiner)
  • Disability Advocates Protest Muni Proposal to Re-Route 33-Stanyan From SF General Hospital (Tecolote)
  • SPUR: Muni’s New, More Legible Map Helps Create a More Seamless Transit System
  • Walk to Work Day: City Officials, Advocates Gather Again to Mark Progress on Safer Streets (SF Appeal)
  • Market Street Prototyping Festival Lines Sidewalks to Create “More Dynamic Social Spaces” (ABC)
  • “Walk [Your City]” Signs Posted Around San Jose, SF Showing Walking Times to Destinations (SFBay)
  • Tenderloin Residents, Workers Petition to Remove a Second Block of Parking to Deter Crime (Hoodline)
  • McCoppin Hub Still Closed for Vandalism Repairs, Says DPW, But Neighbors Don’t Buy it (MLocal)
  • Man Who Ran Over Fireman Charged With Torture, Mayhem, and Assault With a Deadly Weapon (NBC)
  • San Mateo County Police Target Distracted Drivers in Daly City, South SF (People Behaving Badly)
  • San Jose’s Parking Meters Glitch When Trucks Roll By, Drivers Get Tickets (NBC)

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  • Fran Taylor

    Regarding the proposed #33-Stanyan reroute, those 250 signatures opposing the move are just from the online petition. Several of us neighbors, riders, and hospital workers have also been circulating paper petitions at the hospital and on the buses. I have well over 100 signatures and know that others will probably have similar amounts. We’re just starting to gather them all together.

    Not one person I’ve asked to sign — including regular riders on that segment of the line and hospital patients — has known about the proposed change. And not one has expressed any support for it. Keeping the #33 on Potrero would in no way unravel the whole TEP vision. But it would make a big difference to some of the system’s most vulnerable riders.

  • Hopefully all the artistry of the new Muni map doesn’t disappear like far too many old maps as the sun fades out the colors.

  • Andy Chow

    The reason for rerouting line 33 is to support rerouting of the 22 down 16th Street. The problem with the 22 realignment is not only having to put up wires, but also having to cross Caltrain’s high voltage wires at the rail crossing. There are safety implications with the wire crossing paths and the potential of buses losing power and stuck at the grade crossing. If Muni wants to extend the line, as some people would want to see, to 4th & King Caltrain, then there would be more issues of wires crossing with the T Line and going through one of the two drawbridges.

    Line 55 should stay as it is. Even if the vision is to have zero emission transit on 16th Street, advances with battery bus technology may allow the 55 to convert to zero emission battery buses and extend it to 4th & King without having to resolve wire conflicts. Lines 22 and 33 can keep its alignment.

  • shamelessly

    I agree that we should not reduce bus service to SFGH. And while I recognize that SFMTA is saying they’re going to increase service on the 9 to compensate, history provides ample grounds for skepticism that this will suffice. Perhaps SFMTA could run a transition phase with increased service on the 9 coupled with outreach to people riding the current 33 alignment letting them know when the 33 reroute will happen and making it clear that the 9 is the new way to get to the hospital?

  • There was a lot of thought, study and consideration which went into the TEP/Muni Forward routing of the 33 and 22.

    Battery technology is advancing as you said, but it’s actually gotten a little further. The new generation electric trolley-busses are designed to run for several (I think 5) miles poles down off of the battery as part of regular service. They were jointly ordered with Seattle where they’ll run off wires on the surface and battery in the transit tunnel.

    Muni may have the same thing in mind so they can skip the new wires.

    Having seen this coming because I was on the advisory council, my suggestion was to create a u-shaped line between 16th/Mission BART, General and 24th/Mission BART.

    – Easy connections either way.
    – Not just to BART, but with the Mission lines as well.
    – starting/ending at the stations there would be an empty bus

    Maybe this is where a shuttle bus system more along the lines of UCSF or PresidiGo?

    Also, regardless of which line ends up running to DogPatch, there’ve been a couple rainy days where it would have been really nice if the 22 ran just the 3/4 blocks further it would take to reach 22nd Street Caltrain.

  • murphstahoe

    “it would have been really nice if the 22 ran just the 3/4 blocks further it would take to reach 22nd Street Caltrain”

    Word. It’s embarassing that a major Caltrain station like 22nd has only one MUNI line running to it. The current 22 routing probably dates back to 22nd being somewhat of an orphan station.

  • murphstahoe
  • Andy Chow

    Stations like 22nd, Bayshore, as well as the closed stations like Paul Avenue and Butler Road, were meant to serve the industrial sites near the stations. Riders have gone away when companies near those stations have closed down. It was beginning in late 90s when some of these old industrial sites turn into housing and people begin to use Caltrain at these stations to get to work in Silicon Valley.

  • murphstahoe

    Noe Valley, Bernal Heights, and the Mission have always had housing. It’s just that the residents there didn’t work down south. Now they do.

    Residents of Potrero Hill don’t need a MUNI bus to get to Caltrain – the residents of the next level neighborhoods do, as evidenced by the number of cars parked on Pennsylvania, Iowa, and Minnesota.

  • The tin-roof building I live in was converted in ~1986.

  • jd_x

    “Menlo Park Fire Protection District Chief Harold Schapelhouman spoke during public comment about the potential impacts on emergency response, which he pointed out were not analyzed as part of the W-Trans study. The district, given the lack of data, prefers the option of creating three vehicle lanes in each direction on El Camino between Encinal and Roble avenues.”

    What a surprise: another fire department wants to continue making roads dangerous so they can keep spending most of their time responding to car accidents. And I thought only SFFD’s leadership was this blinded by their windshields ….

    “He also raised safety concern about encouraging bicyclists to travel along El Camino. “I know you could do it; the question is why would you do it?” Chief Schapelhouman said, adding that towns such as Los Altos have created a network of bike paths through parks, school grounds and other routes that see less vehicle traffic than busy streets.”

    Wow, seriously?! Are these the type of people that are deciding the fate of our roads? Has this guy never ridden a bike before? The reason people want to ride their bicycle down El Camino is the same damn reason people drive down it! Because that’s where things are they are trying to get to. I honestly had no idea that fire departments were this anachronistic and this much of a barrier to getting safe streets.

  • The 22-Fillmore route dates back about 80 or 90 years to a time when Caltrain (then Southern Pacific) ran up and down Third Street.

    The Third & 20th Southern Pacific station building is still there across the street from the 22 terminal.

  • I’m pretty sure the SP line never ran up 3rd. You can pull up the 1938 David Rumsey aerial photos in Google Earth- lots of streetcar and spur rail tracks in the vicinity, but the main trunk line was where it is today. That building at 3rd and 20th was the Potrero Police Station, as documented by Chris VerPlanck (who typically knows his stuff):

    http://pier70sf.org/dogpatch/DogHistSig.htm

    “Between 1910 and 1920 the City constructed several institutional buildings in Dogpatch in an effort to cope with the expanding population of the Potrero District. In 1912 City Architect, John Reid, Jr. designed the new Potrero Police Station for the southwest corner of Kentucky and 20th Streets (2300 3rd Street) on what had been an ungraded 60’ outcropping of serpentine.”

  • I stand corrected.

  • Guest

    Yep, we locals think that’s an old Police station, too.

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