Transportation

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...