Tag Archives: transit

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...
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Community Meeting Set to Discuss Mission St. “Red Carpet”

The San Francisco Municipal Transit Authority has scheduled a community meeting for 6 p.m. on June 20 at the Mission Cultural Center to discuss the effects of the transit-only lanes and turn restrictions implemented along the Mission Street corridor from 14th Street to 30th Street, which have drawn major backlash from drivers and businesses who say access to the street has become much...
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Valencia Bike Counter Activated for Bike to Work Day

After being vandalized last week, the brand-new Valencia Street bike counter is back to counting cyclists in the northbound bike lane on Valencia Street between 17th and 18th streets, just in time for Bike to Work Day. In the early afternoon, more than 1,500 cyclists had already passed the counter (give or take a few skateboarders, who also trigger the sensor).  ...
Rendering of what Mission Street may look like soon via SFMTA

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...
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...
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...
Making Room on the 40 Mission. Riders ift their legs to make room for a wheelchair user on the 49 Mission bus. File photo by Janis Lewin

SFMTA Puts Bus Reroute On Hold to Weigh Concerns

The city’s transit authority has put a contentious reroute of the 33-Ashbury on hold after concerned riders and riders with mobility restrictions voiced concerns that the change would limit accessibility to San Francisco General Hospital. The 33 Ashbury/18th Street currently travels from the Richmond through the Haight, Castro, and inner Mission, finally turning down Potrero Avenue to the hospital. A proposed...
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Man Robs Bus Riders, Caught on Next Bus (UPDATED)

It turns out a bus is not a good getaway car. Police report a 19-year-old man got on a bus at 16th Street and Potrero Avenue yesterday at 7:24 p.m. and then sat down across from a 21-year-old man and a 17-year-old girl, before reaching out and trying to take the 21-year-old’s phone. He failed to get the phone out...
16th Street Bart. Photo by @numerokarla

BART Track Troubles To Cause Delays All Day

A 10-inch section of broken rail wreaked havoc on BART this morning, causing delays that may well continue into the evening, SFGate reports. The track deformity is located somewhere between the Civic Center and 16th Street stations, prompting trains to be single-tracked through San Francisco and severely limiting East Bay bound service. Repairs are expected to take four to six...
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Late Night Bus, Early Morning Politics

A group of transit enthusiasts, some police officers, and a handful of activists and journalists walk onto a bus. I don’t know the punchline, but when I joined them last Friday night, it certainly seemed like some kind of joke. But it was in fact an event meant to draw attention to an important addition to the public transit system: The bus...
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New Bus Proposed To UCSF Mission Bay Center

The Board of Directors of SFMTA will vote today on a new bus line running from the 16th Street BART plaza to the new UCSF Mission Bay medical center, which opens Febuary 1. Buses will run every 15 minutes, reduced to every 20 minutes during evening and weekend hours. Bus service is expected to begin by the medical center’s opening day. The...
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Extra 25 Cents Irks Muni Riders Unhappy With Service

Muni’s 25 cent fare increase rolled out this week, leaving riders on Tuesday fumbling for an extra quarter as they boarded. And while for some the extra quarter was a nuisance, some were mad as hell. “F*** them. I’m on a low income. I’m stretched at $2 already,” said Keisha Jackson as she waited for her bus at 16th street....

Harassment on Muni and BART? Oh Yes

BART and Muni records of catcalling, groping, rape and other types of sexual harassment on stations and vehicles indicate that this public nuisance is rare. Only 12 incidents have been recorded in the past two years. BART’s numbers are even more impressive, with no incidents whatsoever in the Mission since 2012, and only 20 incidents in all of San Francisco....

SF Time Lapse Fun

Watch one day of transit activity in San Francisco to the warm, smooth jazz tunes heard in this video: Video brought to you by Sumus, a data visualization firm from Canada. (One weekday (from 4am to 4am) of transit activity in San Francisco, based on the General Transit Feed Specification (GTFS) data made available by the San Francisco Municipal Transportation...