Today’s Headlines

  • Car Driver Injured in Crash With Trucker at 18th and Noe Streets (Hoodline)
  • Woman Killed By Driver at Pine and Leavenworth ID’d as Landa Lee, 45 (SF Appeal)
  • Muni Celebrates 20-Year Anniversary of F-Line Historic Streetcar Service (SF Examiner)
  • OldSF” Interactive Map Lets You Navigate Historical Photos of SF Streets (Business Insider)
  • Drunk Driver Kills Construction Worker on Highway 580 in Oakland (NBC, CBS)
  • Oakland Labor Unions Join Opposition to Build Freight Terminal, Ship Coal Through City (EB Express)
  • Atherton to Install Traffic Signal on El Camino Real Activated By Peds, Bikes, and Fire Trucks (Almanac)
  • Santa Clara County Cities Want Caltrain to Get Boost From Proposed Sales Tax Measure (GC)
  • Mercury Roadshow Points Out to Readers That Yes, Bus Rapid Transit Has Been “Tested” in LA
  • Stockton Police Under Fire for Video of Nine Officers Arresting, Hitting Teen for Jaywalking (SFGate)
  • Lyft Joins Forces With Chinese Ride-Hail Startup “Didi” to Let Users Use Both Apps (Business Times)

More headlines at Streetsblog USA

  • Gezellig

    Got tapped to fill out a Golden Gate Transit customer survey on my morning commute today:

    http://www.marinij.com/general-news/20150820/golden-gate-bus-and-ferry-riders-to-be-queried-on-service

    Raised my top three concerns:

    –> Realtime tracking still not available
    –> Lack of secure bike parking (e.g. Bikelink) at stops forces people to board with bikes, often filling up bike racks
    –> Lack of dedicated HOV lanes on 101

    You can also fill out the survey online:

    http://www.orconsulting1.com/GG15/cgi-bin/ciwweb.pl?hid_studyname=GG15&hid_pagenum=0

    The survey is for all users, so even if you rarely or never ride GGT it’s worth filling it out (tell them why you so rarely use GGT!).

  • murphstahoe

    From: contact [mailto:contact@goldengate.org]

    Sent: Friday, August 28, 2015 3:44 PM

    To: John Murphy; contact

    Subject: RE: Golden Gate Transit Piner Depot – bike parking

    Hello Mr. Murphy,

    Thank
    you for your interest in installing bike lockers at our Piner bus yard.
    Thanks, too, for providing the link to the grant program. I have
    contacted the BAAQMD and have been told the current program is over,
    but another grant program will start in September or October of this
    year.

    I
    am working with our Bus Division to ensure that we have space available
    and electricity for lockers at this location. We also need to identify a
    source of funding for ongoing annual maintenance fees. If they
    give the go ahead, we will likely be able to move forward with
    installing lockers once the grant funding becomes available.

    Again, thank you for the information. I hope we are able to move forward with this project quickly!

    Sincerely,

    Melanie Sanborn

    Marketing & Communications Specialist

  • Gezellig

    Thanks for the update!

    Now if we could only get them to implement realtime tracking. I’ve contacted them multiple times about that.

    It’s dumbfounding that realtime tracking–which has been available for Muni since *2004*–is still not a reality for GGT in 2015.

  • CamBam415

    Thanks for sharing the survey! In all my years (mostly on the ferry), I’ve never seen one person conducting their annual survey (think they always skip the outside seating, where ironically many cyclists sit).

    Real time tracking seems like a no brainer, but at least during the commute hours, the buses seem to come regularly. This is much more painful when the buses only come once an hour.

    Speaking of off-peak hours, that to me is one of the most painful parts… commute hours are great, but trying to find a way home after 8p during the week is awful.

    Love the bike lockers idea… they have them at Manaznita Park & Ride in Tam Valley, but they are only available on a monthly basis. I need them on a daily basis as I only take the bus 1-2 days/week. Here is the list of Park & Ride locations with bike lockers: http://www.dot.ca.gov/dist4/highwayops/parkandride/documents/park_ride_lots_master_list_12_14_09.pdf

    Here is the bike locker application:
    http://www.dot.ca.gov/dist4/highwayops/parkandride/documents/BikeLockerAgreementForm_11_2014.pdf

    And a little more info on bike lockers:
    http://www.dot.ca.gov/dist4/highwayops/parkandride/

    In general, I’d add too many stops as well, which really slows the trip down. And I’d love, love, love to see dedicated HOV/transit lanes added to the Presidio Parkway, er, Doyle Drive.

  • Gezellig

    Real time tracking seems like a no brainer, but at least during the commute hours, the buses seem to come regularly.

    You must be commuting *in* to SF then 😉

    For the so-called “reverse” commute into Marin in the morning (which is always surprisingly full, even for the non-touristy lines such as the 70) it’s usually horrendously off.

    10-15 minutes late is the norm, 20-30 is all too common.

    The problem is traffic in the FiDi/SoMa often significantly delays routes such as the 4, 92, 101, 10 or 70 as they attempt to leave SF. I actually don’t mind deviations from the official schedule as long as I can track them ahead of time. My bus is 16 minutes late? Perfect! I’ll stay at home sipping my coffee for 11 more minutes before needing to head out.

    This is much more painful when the buses only come once an hour.

    Oh, believe me. I know 😀

    The only way my GGT commute is really even viable in the first place is by always taking my bike along. Even though one of the GGT lines stops in front of my office, its punctuality is highly unreliable. By bringing a bike I can catch several of the lines out of SF (whichever shows up first—as it may be the last GGT bus for another 35+ minutes…you never know) and then bike the rest of the way once in Marin.

    Thanks for the bike locker tips, but yeah, I’d also need them on a daily basis and in different locations. Bikelink would be great for this.

    In general, I’d add too many stops as well, which really slows the trip down. And I’d love, love, love to see dedicated HOV/transit lanes added to the Presidio Parkway, er, Doyle Drive.

    And 101 in Marin!

  • CamBam415

    Ah, makes sense. Yes, I am going into SF/FiDi and surprised how often my 4 bus ends up tailing another 4 bus through SF. The spacing is awful and can imagine that wrecks havoc as they send the buses on the reverse commute. I also see the buses bunched up on the GGB northbound when I bike to work.

    And speaking of routes, I’ve always wondered why GGT buses take Beach through Fisherman’s Wharf. Why not just run them down Bay or at least North Point?