Supervisor Scott Wiener is planning to introduce a resolution that will urge the expansion of a bike-sharing network in San Francisco.
The City’s oft-delayed bike-sharing plan, managed by the Bay Area Air Quality Management District, is supposed to feature up to 500 interchangeable bikes at 50 different stations where users can pick up and drop off the two-wheelers across downtown San Francisco.
However, Wiener said that The City, with its dense layout, is capable of handling a bike-sharing network numbering in the thousands. Read More
San Francisco police have put the word out they're looking for an unidentified driver who hit two pedestrians as they walked through the Cow Hollow neighborhood last weekend.
Officer Albie Esparza told SF Weekly that the two victims were walking along Green and Fillmore streets at about 2 a.m. last Sunday when the driver, traveling westbound on Green, hit both pedestrians then left the scene. Read More
Commuters who drive to BART stations should prepare for a double dose of fare increases.
The transit agency’s board of directors approved a measure Thursday to expand the inflation-based fare increase policy until 2020. The biennial program, which expired last year, will ensure that fare hikes are scheduled for 2014, 2016, 2018 and 2020. Fares will go up 5 percent Jan. 1 and about 4 percent in each of the following rate hikes. Read More
Polk Street merchants are up in arms over what they call a “radical agenda” to eliminate more than half the parking spaces along the bustling commercial corridor to reduce collisions with pedestrians and bicyclists.
Since last week, a group of merchants along upper Polk Street have posted signs on their shop windows asking passers-by to “Save Polk St.” from the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency’s Polk Street Improvement Project. Read More
The contentious and long-debated experiment to provide free Muni service for The City’s low-income youths is set to begin Friday.
Instead of paying the normal $22 monthly fee, more than 20,000 students between 5 and 17 years old will be able to ride for free for the next 16 months as part of a proposal that has been in the works since the beginning of 2011. Read More
Dual measures to increase vehicle registration fees and issue a general obligation bond for transportation improvements could go before voters next year, but even if approved they would only put a dent in The City’s long-term needs.
The Capital Planning Committee, a consortium of city agencies, has proposed adding both measures to the November 2014 ballot. Combined with increased transfers from The City’s general fund, they would generate $790 million over 10 years. Read More
A construction crane working on the new Bay Bridge span tipped over aboard a barge Thursday afternoon, scraping off some paint but apparently not damaging the bridge or injuring any workers.
Workers were using the barge-mounted crane in tandem with another one to remove temporary supports from the self-anchored suspension portion of the new eastern span when a 129-ton piece of metal it was removing fell, according to Metropolitan Transportation Commission spokesman John Goodwin. Read More
Despite incentives meant to encourage purchases of plug-in hybrid vehicles, the clean technology is still being underused in California, even in environmentally friendly San Francisco.
Owners of plug-in hybrids are given special green stickers to display on their vehicles that allow them to drive solo in carpool lanes on highways. State Sen. Leland Yee, who introduced the legislation that created the carpool privilege, set aside 40,000 green stickers for plug-in hybrid owners. Since Jan. 1, 2012, only 10,335 of the decals have been distributed. Read More
By land or by sea, it’s going to cost baseball fans a little bit more to get to the ballpark to watch the world champion Giants this season.
The rates for parking meters near the ballpark will become more expensive and have longer enforcement hours, and fares for special event ferry service to the park are poised to increase by $2.
Starting March 4, meters within walking distance of the park will have their operating hours extended until 10 p.m., according to the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency, which manages traffic policies in The City. Read More
A new transportation task force being convened by Mayor Ed Lee will focus on fixing Muni’s woes while also seeking to address larger transit issues facing the Bay Area, according to the mayor and people expected to serve on the panel. Read More