Transportation

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Intersection Flooded After Car Rams Fire Hydrant Following a Collision

A car hit and dislodged a fire hydrant at the intersection of 18th Street and South Van Ness Avenue after it collided with a car being used as an Uber just after 1 p.m. on Thursday, causing minor injuries and sending a geyser of water shooting skyward. “It sounded like a Transformers movie,” said 16-year-old Julian Garcia, who lives on the block and said he heard...

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...

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...

Motorcyclist Arrested for Crashing Into Girl Charged with DUI

A motorcyclist who allegedly hit an eight-year-old girl on 25th and Folsom Streets the afternoon of June 4 was booked on charges of a felony DUI, felony hit and run, felony reckless driving and four traffic infractions. The victim, previously reported to be nine years old, was transported to the hospital with a life-threatening head injury after a motorcyclist ran through a stop sign and...

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).  ...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...