Transportation

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City May Revise Changes to Mission Street Amid Backlash

As the city rolls out changes  — and a red carpet for buses — along Mission Street, negative feedback has flooded the office of Supervisor David Campos and may prompt the transit agency to put the brakes on some of its plans. “Most people working by, living on, and driving down Mission Street will tell you that the new transit-only...
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New Tech Shuttle Stops Proposed Along 26th and Valencia Streets

In addition to new commuter shuttle stop zones at Dolores Street between 18th and 19th streets and at 16th and Sanchez streets, the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency is proposing to remove two current stops along Valencia Street, one at 24th Street and one at 25th Street, and replacing them with stops at 26th Street. This proposal comes as part of an ongoing effort to...
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Crash Kills Driver on Mission Street

Police report a 51-year-old man was killed on Saturday, April 9, at 9:39 p.m. when his vehicle was traveling southbound on Mission but pulled into oncoming traffic. The crash, police report, was possibly due to the driver having a medical emergency. The collision occurred on Mission Street between 18th and 19th streets. No other injuries were reported as a result...
The scene of a fatal collision on Guerrero Street. Photo by Lisette Mejia

Two Traffic Collisions, One Fatal, in SF Mission

Update: The victim of the fatal car crash has been identified as San Francisco resident Stanley Tickens by the Medical Examiner’s Office. Police report a 63-year-old man was killed and a woman in her 40s suffered serious injuries in a car crash on 18th and Guerrero streets Sunday evening. At 4:39 p.m., the man was reportedly driving northbound on Guerrero Street...
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More Shuttle Bus Stop Relocations Proposed

San Francisco’s Municipal Transit Agency is tasked with moving shuttle bus stops citywide from small, neighborhood streets onto larger thoroughfares under the city’s new 12-month program regulating the hundreds of commuter shuttles that transport employees of Silicon Valley’s tech companies. The program takes effect April 1, but it may take longer than that to figure out where to put the new stops. In addition...
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Citizen Advisory Group Votes Against Median Parking

A citizen committee on Tuesday recommended forbidding all median parking, when drivers park their cars along the unpaved, planted center medians on Dolores and Guerrero streets. The recommendation will go to the San Francisco Municipal Transit Agency’s board, which will decide what policy to put in place within the next 90 days. The committee’s votes ultimately dismissed several alternative proposals...
A tech shuttle on 24th and Valencia St. during one of the protests in which demonstrators blocked buses.

SF Supes Adopt Deal for Commuter Shuttle Program

The San Francisco Board of Supervisors voted today to dismiss an appeal calling for an environmental review of the city’s commuter shuttle program. Instead, the Board approved several major modifications to the program including limiting the number of shuttle stops and establishing a six-month review of the program’s impacts on the environment, traffic, and housing. Opponents of the shuttle program and the tech...
SFMTA has removed several bus stops along Mission Street to replace them with parking and make the buses run faster. Photo by Laura Wenus

Commuters Voice Mixed Feelings About Mission St. Changes

San Francisco’s Mission Street is undergoing significant transformation in the coming months, but there is skepticism among drivers and bus riders that the changes will be for the better. As of last Friday, several bus stops along the corridor including those at 15th, 19th, 21st and 23rd streets had vanished. The city will now begin turning one of the lanes...
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Heads Up: Major Traffic Changes Coming to Mission St.

Transit riders and drivers alike should brace themselves for some significant changes coming to Mission Street’s traffic rules, some coming as early as this month. As of Friday, 14 and 49 buses have eliminated stops at 15th, 19th, 21st and 23rd streets. Over the next two months, the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency will paint red transit-only lanes all along the corridor. Finally, between March and April, left turns will...
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Protesters Return to Bus Stops as Supes Work Out Tech Shuttle Deal

About a dozen housing activists gathered at a designated commuter shuttle bus stop near 24th and Valencia streets this morning to protest against soaring rents and displacement that they say have been perpetuated by the shuttle buses that serve employees of Silicon Valley-based tech companies. The shuttle bus program, whose pilot expired February 1, was scheduled to be voted on at the Board of Supervisors meeting...
A Bay Area Bike Share staff member explains the program. Photo by Aria Killough-Miller

Neighbors Discuss Bike Share Program’s Expansion to SF Mission

Cyclist hopefuls and other interested parties bent thoughtfully over maps last Thursday night, placing stickers on potential locations for new bicycle sharing stations. Bay Area Bike Share is planning an expansion to new locations throughout San Francisco and held a meeting at the Mission Neighborhood Centers to explain its program and get feedback. Residents and visitors can currently sign up...
Bill Davey balances on his hoverboard at 19th and Mission streets. Photo by Laura Waxmann

Hoverboards Merge Uneasily onto SF’s Streets

Once El Niño subsides, “hoverboards” are expected to swerve onto the Mission’s streets and some fear that neither pedestrians, nor cyclists nor government regulations are quite ready for the new traffic from the motor-powered devices that resemble a handle-free mini-Segway. A new state law that went into effect on January 1 requires the self-balancing electric scooters to use bike lanes,...
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Survey Says: SF Mission Residents Oppose Median Parking

San Francisco’s Municipal Transportation Agency has released results of its survey about median parking in the Mission – the hotly debated practice of allowing worshippers at local institutions to park at the center or median of  streets like Guerrero and Valencia for services. The survey’s project area covers all cross streets between Market and 24th Streets and Valencia and Church Streets. The results...
A tech bus rides down Valencia Street. Photo by Lydia Chávez.

‘Tech Buses’ Will Operate in S.F. Permanently

At a public meeting on Tuesday, the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency’s Board of Directors decided to make permanent City Hall’s 18-month pilot program regulating private shuttle companies, many of which carry tech-sector workers from their fog city doorsteps to their desks in Silicon Valley. The board’s decision was unanimous, despite widespread criticism from the meeting’s attendees. SFMTA staff are...
Church parking on Guerrero Street  between 18th and 19th in September 2014. Photo by Elizabeth Zitrin

SFMTA Seeks Input on Median Parking in SF Mission

Parking in San Francisco is always tricky, but for Guerrero and Dolores streets in particular, parking on medians has drawn especially spirited debate. Now, the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Authority is ready to officially hear that debate, starting by forming a committee of residents, church-goers, businesses, and other neighborhood groups. It also released an online survey about potential regulation of median parking along Dolores and Guerrero...