Today’s Headlines

  • Woman Caught In Train Door Sues Muni (SFExaminer)
  • Scramble To Be Installed At Hyde/Golden Gate (Hoodline)
  • SF Plans To Tax Lyft, Uber Trips (Curbed, KTVU)
    …Judge Orders Uber To Release Safety, Parking Data (SFist, SFExaminer)
  • Driver Serious Injures Tenderloin Ped (SFExaminer)
  • History Of the Transbay Transit Center (Curbed)
  • Newsom Announces Task Force To Curb Homelessness (KTVU)
  • California Sues Feds For Revoking High-Speed Rail Funds (NBC)
    SFChron Calls Trump Rail Money Grab-Back Petty

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  • Re: woman caught in train door…good, I’m glad she’s suing Muni.

    Re: taxing uber/lyft…so, the city continues to provide crap public transportation options which only encourages riders to shift to ride hailing services. In response, SF wants to tax riders who simply want to get to their destination in a timely manner that the city is unable to provide with its public transit. Oh, okay. You really think for one second that that a single penny from that tax will go towards public transit investment?

  • I read the TTC history piece. Ironic that 10-car trains used to arrive every minute. Fast forward 60+ years and there are no trains arriving at all. Can we call this progress?

  • City Resident

    Various U.S. cities are implementing or considering rideshare fees. In NYC, there’ll be a $2.75 fee per trip and I believe Chicago proposed a $1 fee/trip. San Francisco’s proposed fee is very slight in comparison and will only generate $35 million annually total (of this, only a portion will be for transit). Clearly, to offset the additional congestion they generate (which slows Muni service), higher rideshare fees are needed – especially if we wish to grow our subway system.

  • Sorry, but rideshare fees will not grow our subway system. Transit investment should have happened decades ago, but it’s the lack of will of our local political leaders/BOS to really push for transit investment. I’m not talking half-baked ideas, like BRT. I’m talking real investment that will encourage people to ride transit. Not because they have to, but because they want to.

  • crazyvag

    Congestion can be mitigated with red bus lanes. Or, with actual tickets for vehicles blocking intersections. I’m sure a camera + sign that reads:
    “Block intersection, get $200 immediate ticket!”
    … should keep all those intersections clear.

  • City Resident

    Red bus lanes and cameras, as you suggest, certainly help. I believe that rideshare fees and, of course, congestion pricing would also help mitigate or at least put a price on congestion.

  • City Resident

    I very much agree that much bolder and more significant investment is needed. Nonetheless, as I see it, every bit helps. In New York City, rideshare fees (along with a slightly smaller increase in taxi fees) “are intended to raise more than $1 million a day to help fix the city’s broken subway system… Uber and two other ride-app services, Lyft and Via, have supported the fees as a step toward addressing congestion and transit challenges in the city.”- https://www.nytimes.com/2019/01/31/nyregion/uber-taxi-lyft-fee.html