Tag Archives: Transportation

BART Board of Directors candidates for District 9: Michael Petrelis, Bevan Dufty, and Gwyneth Borden (left to right). Photo by Laura Waxmann

BART Board Candidates Talk Upgrades, Future of Transit System

The candidates vying for two seats on the BART Board of Directors said on Monday that they are in support of a $3.5 million bond measure that would help upgrade the derelict public transportation system. During a candidate debate forum held in the recreation room at Mission Pool, the candidates answered questions about much needed improvements to the 44-year-old transit system and...
Photo by Elizabeth Creely

Self-Driving Cars Cruise Mission Streets: A Neighborly Opinion

Throughout this summer a small white car with odd instruments bolted to its roof has cruised through the streets of the inner Mission, making frequent, dream-like appearances throughout the day, and leaving puzzled residents behind in its stately wake. Bart Dority, who lives on 25th Street, has watched the car drive past his house for weeks now.”I thought: ‘Who is...
MEDA's Gabriel Medina addresses the transit board. Photo by Lola M. Chavez

Red Carpet Stays, Few Restrictions Lifted on Mission

Small tweaks will be made to the transit project implemented along Mission Street in the spring of 2016, but opponents said they will continue to fight for more changes. Opponents said the transit-only lanes, forced right turns, left turn restrictions, and bus stop consolidations along Mission Street from 14th to Randall streets have failed to serve the most vulnerable and...
Transit Planner Joél Ramos. Photo by Lola M. Chavez

SFMTA Approves Pilot Program Formalizing Dolores St. Median Parking

After a nearly two-year process and a survey with thousands of respondents, the city is now embarking on a year-long pilot project to figure out how parking on the Dolores Street median on weekends might best be regulated. The Sunday parking is technically illegal but de facto permitted. The San Francisco Municipal Transit Agency’s Board of Directors voted to pursue...
Church parking on Guerrero Street  between 18th and 19th in September 2014. Photo by Elizabeth Zitrin

Transit Board to Mull Formalizing Median Parking in Mission District

Mission District churchgoers who park in the middle of Dolores street on Sundays may be getting legal sanction from the city to continue their practice as early as next week. The San Francisco Municipal Transit Agency’s board of directors will make a preliminary decision on Tuesday that could legalize the well-established but controversial practice of parking in the medians on...
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...
Uber driver Edward Escobar (right) heads the newly formed Alliance for Independent Workers, a group of on-demand drivers organizing against Uber.  Photo by Laura Waxmann

Uber Drivers Push Back Against Proposed Settlement in Suit

A Federal judge said Thursday that he would deliberate on whether to approve a $100 million settlement that would end a class action suit brought on by Uber drivers who allege the rideshare company has misclassified them. The settlement was reached in April between Uber and the lead attorney representing the drivers, Shannon Liss-Riordon, but was met by opposition from the drivers who...
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...
A commuter shuttle bus at the intersection of 18th and Guerrero streets. Photo by Laura Waxmann

Proposed Changes to Move Tech Shuttles to Dolores St.

Nearby residents are upset over proposed changes to move tech shuttle stops from 18th Street to Dolores Street, a move that will remove coveted parking spaces during certain times of the day. The shuttles – some of which span 35 feet in length – are currently assigned a route that takes them on 18th Street halting at Muni bus stops to load and unload passengers...
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Transit Board OKs Tech Shuttle Bus Deal

The San Francisco Municipal Transit Agency’s board of directors on Tuesday gave its stamp of approval to a deal negotiated between city leaders, tech companies and activists that extends the city’s disputed commuter shuttle bus program for 12 months. The agreement was made under the condition that the shuttles’ impacts are studied and that the program regulating them will be revised accordingly. With the transit authority’s sanction, the 790 shuttle...
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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,...
Photo by Lydia Chávez

SF Muni Goes Mobile With First Ticketing App

Christina Ochoa uses her smartphone to order take-out, pay bills, and for commuting to her job in the Mission District. She believes that adding a transit application to this list could improve her daily life. “I’m in the service industry, and when I get off work late, I want to get home quickly,” said Ochoa. She usually orders a ride through...