Today’s Headlines

  • Shakeup Coming to SFMTA Board? (SFExaminer)
  • More on BART Trains for Housing (Curbed)
  • Mayor Liccardo’s Recovery Continues (SFBay)
  • Berkeley’s Cluster of Collisions (Berkeleyside)
  • Oakland’s Garbage Blitz (SFChron)
  • Atherton to Discuss Future of Caltrain Service (Almanac)
  • Electric Cars Make Sense for TNCs (SFExaminer)
  • Fed Shutdown’s Impact on Infrastructure (EastBayTimes)
  • Socially Minded Architect (SFChron)
  • Commentary: Newsom Should Prioritize Middle Class Housing (SFChron)
  • Commentary: But Marin IJ’s Spotswood Still Doesn’t Want Any (MarinIJ)

Get state headlines at Streetsblog CA, national headlines at Streetsblog USA

  • mx

    “Shakeup Coming to SFMTA Board?”

    The SFMTA Board fundamentally exists to give the Mayor complete control over the agency while simultaneously providing zero democratic accountability for transit in this city. If Muni fails me, I can write my supe, but I’ll just get told I’m right and that’s an SFMTA issue. I can write the Mayor, but the Mayor’s office will pass the buck to the SFMTA Board. I can write the SFMTA Board, and I’ll just get back “They have received your email and will keep your thoughts in mind.”

    We’ve created a system in which there’s nobody who actually gets voted out of office for transit failures as long as elected officials treat the SFMTA as an independent agency if they’re asked to be responsible for its faults, but meddle with its decisions all day long as soon as constituents are upset about parking or a bike lane.

  • david vartanoff

    Well said. Muni needs major operational/work rules overhaul and no one in SF politics is willing to try that.

  • It’s always been a lose-lose situation. The shake up we need involves privatization.

  • sf in sf

    Cheryl Brinkman is great on the SFMTA Board. She really rides transit every day and gets it. You can see that on her twitter. It’s thanks to her that the (otherwise botched) Polk Street project included a provision to re-evaluate Middle Polk for extended bike lanes upon completion.

    It would be a shame for her to be replaced as chair with Heinicke, who called for more outreach to drivers… really? The agency already weighs outreach to drivers much too heavily. That’s why we don’t have bikeshare in Glen Park or the Marina. It’s why the bus-only red lanes will only be on one side of 16th Street to preserve parking over the people who ride the 22, 33 and 55. It’s why the agency is screwing over 20,000 riders of the 5-Fulton by removing a traffic circle they just added. No, there’s too much deference given to drivers, and needs to be more outreach to transit riders, pedestrians, and cyclists.

    If there’s anyone who should be removed from the board outright, it’s Art Torres, who acts like a petty misogynist and doesn’t want sidewalks to be widened because homeless people might sleep on them.

  • (1) we have a homeless problem, but widening sidewalks cuts into traffic lanes…lanes that are shared by cars, transit and bikes
    (2) wake up…driving and parking aren’t going to go away. Transit will never, ever be improved to the extent that people will ditch their cars forever. The rise in Uber/Lyft as an alternative to transit proves it. Biking may increase, but it’s hardly feasible for many people in the Bay Area who either walk, drive or ride transit.

  • p_chazz

    And we were told that insulating SFMTA from politics would make it more efficient. What BS that turned out to be. All it did was to make it less accountable.