Today’s Headlines

  • San Jose Hit and Run Kills Cyclist (NBCBayArea, MercNews, Kron4)
  • BART Delayed Last Night by Person on Tracks (SFExaminer, SFGate, CBSLocal)
  • More on Fake BART Cameras (InsideBayArea)
  • Van Ness Bus Improvements Move Forward (SFExaminer)
  • AC Transit Promises More Service (SFBay)
  • Massive Mid Market Street Development Closer to Reality (Socketsite)
  • Menlo Park Gets Started on Rail Crossing and Grade Separation (AlmanacNews)
  • More on Senator Jerry Hill Bill to Reduce Fines for Cars Running Red Lights (SMDaily)
  • Menlo Park Survey Shows Residents Want Above Ground Parking (AlmanacNews)
  • East Bay Open Houses to Discuss Local Clean Air Strategies (InsideBayArea)

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  • Mario Tanev

    The SFMTA is REMOVING the transit-only lane on Powell between O’Farrell and Geary:

    Apparently they’re already backtracking on pedestrianization, even before the evaluation.

  • Gezellig

    Side note: are SF Streetsblog Happy Hours still happening?

    It used to be the 3rd Thursday of every month at Virgil’s Sea Room from 6ish onward, so was wondering if it’s on next Thursday (nothing’s on the calendar).

  • PaleoBruce

    O’Farrell (one way eastbound) is essentially dead end by the time you get to Powell, the only option for private vehicles is a mandatory left turn two blocks later on Grant (with private vehicle access to Market now blocked). Then Grant northbound is a true nightmare, in the afternoons at least because the only potential right turns are Post or Bush which commonly are gridlock parking lots. Not that I have a lot of sympathy for people trying to drive automobiles in that congested neighborhood, but it ain’t working out for them very well.

  • caryl

    Yes, on Mon Jan 25th at Virgils.

  • Joseph

    I agree that Grant is a nightmare. So easy to get stuck behind people trying to turn.

    I think if they had re-timed the lights on Ellis@Powell to reflect the fact that there is no more traffic coming down Powel st, this project would have been much more effective. Instead you still have a long phase for southbound traffic, and a very short phase for East-West traffic (2-4 cars per cycle max), which results in a lot of backed up traffic trying to get to market and 4th st.

    I feel that if people were able to make the O’Farrell-Cyril-Magnin-Ellis zigzag without getting stuck for so long, the changes to Powell would have been more effective. For getting to Powell north of Geary, much easier to take post St.

    Maybe once Stockton is reopen they will pursue this more aggressively?