Tag Archives: SFMTA

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One-Block Protected Bike Lane Coming to Valencia

The SFMTA is building a protected, curbside bike lane on Valencia Street between Duncan and Cesar Chavez streets that will be separated from car traffic by parked vehicles. This is San Francisco’s first bikeway to be both elevated and parking-protected. The new lane, scheduled for completion in November, will be six feet wide with a 5-foot buffer next to the...
Installing the transit-only lanes. Photo by Lola M. Chavez

SFMTA Plans to Tweak Mission Street Transit Changes

San Francisco’s transit agency is proposing to roll back some of the traffic changes made along Mission Street when the city installed red bus-only lanes from 14th Street to Cortland Avenue.   The Municipal Transit Agency announced on Monday that its board would consider removal of two forced right turns at 22nd and 26th streets in order to give drivers four blocks of through traffic to...
Sylvia Alvarez-Lynch talks as SFMTA Director Ed Reiskin listens.

Frustrated Residents Pack Meeting on Mission Street Changes

With more than 100 people packed into a sweltering room, tempers ran hot at a three-hour meeting held by the San Francisco Municipal Transit Agency to get feedback on the agency’s new transit lanes and turn restrictions along Mission Street. The changes, which were rolled out in March, include the creation of transit-only lanes, the prohibition of left turns for...
Photo by Lola M. Chavez

More Criticism of Mission Street’s “Red Carpet”

A business owner lambasted the San Francisco Municipal Transit Authority’s Board of Directors on Tuesday, saying traffic changes along Mission Street have cost her business and threatening closures. Neighborhood residents at the meeting called the changes a form of violence.   The changes include transit-only lanes and many left turn turn restrictions, plus forced right turns at certain intersections. Eden...
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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...
Mark Zuckerberg's 21st Street residence.

Some Neighbors Say Zuckerberg Security Hogs Parking

A not-so-neighborly letter circulating amongst Mark Zuckerberg’s Mission District neighbors entangles the Facebook CEO in an issue that many San Franciscans generally do not take lightly – parking spaces. Some residents of Liberty Hill, where Zuckerberg bought his home at the cross of Fair Oakes and 21st streets for a reported $10 million in 2013,  have passed around a letter that accuses his security team...
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...
A newly installed raised crosswalk on Adair Street. Image courtesy of SFMTA

Traffic Calming Measures Near School Deemed Successful

A study of traffic data around Marshall Elementary declared the city’s first “home zone,” established there in 2014 to calm traffic, a resounding success. “This home zone project is a fantastic example of what can be achieved when streets are designed to be family-friendly. Not only was the most dangerous driving behavior addressed — speed — but walking, wheelchair rolling...
A map of discontinued tech shuttle stops, current tech shuttle stops to be continued and brand new tech shuttle stops, as proposed by SFMTA's 18-month pilot program.

SFMTA Pilot Offers Little Change in Tech Shuttle Map

When the SFMTA’s new pilot program to regulate tech shuttles starts in August, few will notice much change as the pilot program will shift the location of some stops but will keep close to the same number of stops operating in the Mission. According to a map of proposed stops released by SFMTA, the program will remove six existing tech shuttle stops from the neighborhood, but it...
Photo by Ohad Ben-Yoseph

Big Changes to Muni Approved

  Today is a big day for Muni. This morning, all but one of the San Francisco Municipal Transit Agency (SFMTA) Board of Directors approved a massive project aimed at improving the efficiency and reliability of the city’s main bus system. The changes will begin this sumer. Called the Transit Effectiveness Project (TEP), the approved proposal will increase Muni’s budget...
A tech bus rides down Valencia Street. Photo by Lydia Chávez.

Transit Experts Weigh in on Tech Buses

To be less irksome to neighbors, they could be smaller and the routes could be restricted to larger streets, but transportation experts say the tech buses between San Francisco and Silicon Valley basically do a good job at what they do — effectively shuttling approximately 35,000 people a day and most likely keeping thousands of cars off the freeway. The...
From December 2013

Google Wheels Roll On as Debate Continues

Monday’s protest that held up one private Google bus brought national media attention to the Mission and further intensified discussion about Silicon Valley’s impact on the Mission District and other San Francisco neighborhoods. For some within the company, the shuttle stop protest struck a personal chord. “We’re not all IPO’d, we’re not all millionaires, the cost of living is a...
The Elsie Street Block Party drew neighbors together on September 28, 2013. Photo by Courtney Quirin.

Boom of Block Parties Brings Power to the People

Simplicity. It’s the maxim behind many a success, and now San Francisco’s transportation agency has followed suit, streamlining the permit application for single-block party events and watching them multiply. With some help from a nonprofit, the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) trimmed the 13-page application down to three pages in 2011, and since then the city has seen its...
South Van Ness is among the most dangerous streets in San Francisco for pedestrians

The Danger Zone of South Van Ness

When Mark Morey wanted to know how often people were speeding past his South Van Ness home, he didn’t rely on mere estimates. The 49-year-old Mission resident equipped himself with a cheap radar gun, posted up near a few busy intersections, and took aim. “Almost everyone who drives down that street is driving too fast,” said Morey. “And anyone who...
Photo originally from June 2013

Mission Left Out of Bike Share Launch

If your bike has ever been stolen near Mission Street, raise your hand. If you have ever realized you can’t take BART because you have a bicycle and it’s rush hour, raise your hand. If you have ever received a parking ticket in the Mission, raise your hand. Now leave it up. The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) and...