Today’s Headlines

  • More on Money for Merchants (SFChron, SFExaminer, SFBay)
  • What Happens to the Transbay Tube in a Major Earthquake? (KQED)
  • Should BART Have an Inspector General? (EastBayTimes)
  • Debris on BART Fremont Line Yesterday (EastBayTimes)
  • The Central Subway by the Numbers (Curbed)
  • Spin Dockless Share Bike Launches Without Permit (Hoodline)
  • Scoot’s Legal Loophole (SFExaminer)
  • Facts about Cable Cars (Curbed)
  • Excelsior Hit and Run (Hoodline)
  • SF’s Most Walkable Hoods (Curbed)
  • Cities Sue Oil Companies Over Rising Seas (SFChron)
  • Are Joaquin Miller Road Safety Improvements Working? (SFChron)

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Barring any breaking news, Streetsblog San Francisco is taking the rest of the day off. Shanah Tovah to all those celebrating today.

  • John Murphy
  • CS by the numbers:
    Wow, is this a PR ploy to say what a great project this is? BTW-the CS does intersect with the Powell St. station through a mezzanine walkway. Duh.
    Question: is Muni planning on removing the current 4th/King station south of King and once the 4th/Brannan station opens? If so, this will be a big disservice to Muni and Caltrain riders since Brannan is two blocks from Caltrain versus across the street.

  • John Murphy

    I don’t think they are, but knowing how transit riders think, I guarantee you that riders headed to Caltrain will get off at Brannan if they are coming from Market on the CS.

    If you get off at Brannan, you have to walk two blocks, but the only street you have to cross is Townsend. If you stay on the train, the train has to go three blocks, the train has to cross both Townsend AND King, and then you have to cross King on foot, which is very unpleasant and has long light cycles because the lights are setup to keep traffic heading to 280 off Embarcadero/King. And you might get stuck behind the crossing of an N Judah.

    On average, the time if you stay on the CS to the King stop is longer, but the bigger issue is that it has a lot of variance, if you get all the lights wrong you could add 5 minutes. 5 minutes is typically not a big deal, but if you miss your Caltrain by 10 seconds, that 5 minutes could cost you a half hour or more, depending on what train you missed and where you are headed.

    When I would take the N to Caltrain I routinely got off a stop early because the train would frequently get bogged down trying to cross 4th. It was better to get off and run rather than risk missing the Caltrain. If the N beat me, so be it, I had to run 2 blocks. But if I beat the N, staying on the N would have ruined my day.

    In a perfect world, they would skip the Brannan stop completely, and MOVE the stop at 4th and King (on the opposite side of King from Caltrain) and put it right smack dab mid block in front of the Caltrain entrance.

  • Jeffrey Baker

    That SFChron article is pure astroturf. The talking points that appear in the article were drafted by a bunch of ninnies on Nextdoor, one of whom happens to be the manager of the national Tea Party social media outreach. It’s a classic thread on Nextdoor, involving the shadowy international bicycle conspiracy, the evil OakDOT, and the usual arguments. It’s clear that the road diet is working because the drivers on the thread no longer feel safe doing 45MPH in a 35MPH zone.

    The real story is that the road handles only about 6000 cars per hour, about 600 during a peak hour, and has no business being a 75-foot-wide divided road. The road diet makes sense and is working.

  • jonobate

    It was really obvious even from the demonstration runs that SMART had seriously underestimated weekday bike usage. SMART runs through a highly suburban environment, much as Caltrain does; it was always likely that it would have a similar proportion or riders bringing their bikes on the train for first mile/last mile connections to jobs further than walking distance from the station.

    The lack of bikes at weekends is likely due to the timing of the service. If there was a connection from SF up to the classic cycling roads, I think a lot of cyclists would use it to get to the good cycling without the slog through suburban Marin county. But, the first northbound train from San Rafael is 11:52am; and the first ferry run from SF is 12:40pm, which might just get you to the 1:52pm train if you ride fast. By that time, the day’s almost over.

  • thielges

    The underestimate of weekday bikes might originate from the perception that bikes are for recreation and most recreation occurs on weekends. Mackenzie’s comment “I would have expected a lot higher number of bikes [on the weekend]” aligns with that.

    If you advocate for urban bicycling facilities long enough you will eventually encounter the misunderstanding that people are just biking for the fun of it. That mindset that that bikes are just for recreation interferes with gaining support for bike accommodations in cities. “I’m trying to get to work and these doggone bikes are slowing me down” doesn’t take into account that those bicyclists might also be going to work.

    Yes, even utility biking can be more fun that driving. But the primary purpose is to get from point A to B.

  • John Murphy

    You’re supposed to ride up, and take the train back. Mt Tam isn’t suburban 🙂

  • gneiss

    Mansourian gets it: Mansourian told board members. “For us, the fact that they are not using this (as much) on the weekend means they’re looking at the bike as a first- and last-mile solution. That’s what we’re seeing.”

    Sadly, most politicians who drive and are driven, still see bikes as toys and the people you use them as overgrown children. That “serious” commuters will use cars to get to and from the train stations. This is reflected in the last paragraph of the article:

    “And on Tuesday, the Santa Rosa City Council approved a pilot shuttle program to run between the downtown core and the SMART station. The service is planned to start about mid-October and aims to serve train riders who park in city garages and those who wish to reach downtown from the train station. The council allocated up to $141,000 for the shuttles through June 30, said Rachel Ede, acting deputy director for the city’s transit division. The contract with Dallas-based MV Transportation, which operates Santa Rosa Paratransit, allows for two one-year extensions.”

  • I hope they checked with Rose Pak about which merchants deserve to be compensated.

  • Jeffrey Baker

    I don’t get it. To me, the place with the SMART station *is* downtown Santa Rosa. What is a shuttle route that serves “those who wish to reach downtown from the train station”?

  • Agree with you completely. I’ve missed my fair share of Caltrain connections exactly on account of these issues. The T stop should be directly across from Caltrain on 4th between King and Townsend. Eliminate the Brannan and current 4th/King stops.