Tag Archives: Transportation

Crash on freeway kills one, injures six

A collision between a dump truck and a muni bus killed one and injured six others on the southbound 101 freeway in San Francisco Friday afternoon. The driver of the truck was fatally injured, while the bus passengers suffered non-life-threatening injuries, said officer Vu Williams of the California Highway Patrol. “Right now we are working to upright the dump truck,...

SF legislator to Uber, Lyft: Get out of the bike lane

San Francisco District 9 supervisor Hillary Ronen sent a letter to ride-hailing giants Uber and Lyft Tuesday, asking them to use geofencing technology to find safe places for pick-ups and drop-offs — and to test such a system on Valencia Street, notorious for ride-share cars blocking the bike lanes. “At this point, Valencia is completely out of control with bikes,...

Medical emergency shuts down 24th Street BART

The BART station at 24th and Mission streets was shut down shortly after noon Saturday due to a “major medical emergency,” according to a statement from the transit system. It’s unclear whether the emergency developed aboard the train or elsewhere in the station. According to a statement from BART spokesperson Chris Filippi, as of 1:30 p.m., major delays persisted and...
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Electric, station-less bike share program starts to roll out

Bikeshare is getting big. And the newest player – Social Bicycles – is bringing their electric JUMP bikes to the mix. They have already started appearing around the city. Already Bay Area Bike Share (now Ford GoBike) has announced it will soon be expanding dramatically, and you might also remember the slight stir caused by the Chinese bike sharing company...

Bikeshare stations headed to the Mission (and beyond)

A significant cluster of Bay Area Bike Share’s new planned stations are in the Mission District, and installation is expected to begin later this month. The expansion will grow the bike sharing program from 700 to 7,000 bicycles around the region. Around 35 bike sharing stations are in the works in the Mission, according to an image released by the bike share group. Participants...

Bike safety advocates set up human barrier between lanes

Advocates for infrastructure that better separates cyclists from drivers took to Valencia Street Thursday evening, forming a human barrier between bike and auto lanes from 16th and 17th streets. Dozens of cyclists offered high-fives and smiles as they passed through the corridor of roughly 20 yellow-shirted bike lane activists. Most drivers kept silent as they drove by, but a few  voiced their dismay. “Find...

Listen Local: It’s Bike to Work Day in San Francisco

Listen Local is Mission Local’s biweekly radio program. We broadcast live online at BFF.fm every other Thursday morning from 9:30 to 10:00. If you were too busy pedaling to tune in to our broadcast this week, here’s your chance to revisit. We talked with Chris Cassidy of the Bicycle Coalition about cycling resources for newbies and cycling reminders for old...

Construction Continues on Potrero, South Van Ness Avenues

San Francisco Public Works is improving asphalt on Potrero Avenue and traffic signals on South Van Ness Avenue in the coming months. The removal of existing asphalt, a process called grinding, has already begun on Potrero. Both lanes were resurfaced between the freeway on-ramp and 25th Street on March 11. Work will continue block by block over the next few Saturdays...

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...

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...

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 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...