A deal has been reached to bring bike-sharing to San Francisco, with the official launch date of the
much-delayed plan set for August.
The Bay Area Air Quality Management District, a regional agency, announced Thursday that it had reached an agreement with Alta Bicycle Share, the private company set to manage the project. The network was originally scheduled to be in place by last April, but stalled talks pushed back the start date. Read More
As students in The City head off for spring break, Muni is cutting service to adjust for the projected lower ridership.
Because students enrolled in the San Francisco Unified School District and at San Francisco State University will be on spring break from March 25 to March 29, Muni is projecting that its ridership levels will drop by nearly 20 percent.
The reduced service plan is part of a new strategy that Muni first tried during the holidays, when ridership is historically down. The transit agency reduced service on many commuter lines, saving Muni about $275,000. Read More
BART passengers will have to wait a little longer than expected to see more vinyl seats on trains.
In 2011, the agency started replacing its crusty and stained wool covers, much to the delight of riders. That $1.9 million project called for BART to replace the seats in 300 of its 669 train cars. So far, 250 have been outfitted with the new vinyl material and the agency is outfitting two cars a week to meet the 300 goal. Read More
BART on Monday is expected to begin its second experiment with allowing bikes aboard trains during peak commute times.
In August, the agency allowed cyclists to board trains at any time during the five Fridays of the month. Normally, BART bars bikes on certain trains during morning and evening commute hours to reduce crowding. Read More
With its fledgling service struggling mightily, South San Francisco ferry officials are exploring new ways to attract passengers.
The Peninsula-East Bay service that was launched with much fanfare in June has fallen far short of expectations. For the last week of February, the service averaged only 131 daily boardings — barely one-third of the projected ridership.
It has so far recorded a dismal 8.4 percent farebox recovery rate, meaning nearly 92 percent of its $3.4 million operating budget is subsidized by local and state taxpayers who don’t use the service. Read More
City leaders are decrying a controversial set of advertisements that have returned to Muni buses, but agency officials and legal experts say banning the messages would violate free speech rights. Read More
Muni’s switchback policy on transit routes gained a new foe last week, but while the practice might be increasing on some lines, it appears to be slowing down on others.
A perennial complaint of disgruntled riders, Muni says its practice of cutting short its scheduled routes is necessary to clear delays on other parts of the system.
The date has been set: All-electronic tolling will begin March 27 on the Golden Gate Bridge.
After two years of planning, the Golden Gate Bridge, Highway and Transportation District is set to lay off its remaining toll workers and begin discussions on what the new speed limit should be at the plaza to prepare for the cashless system. Read More
Only about half the low-income San Francisco youths eligible for free Muni have enrolled in the plan.
On March 1, the transit agency rolled out the 16-month pilot program. Agency officials estimated that about 40,000 kids between the ages of 5 and 17 would be eligible for the plan based on income levels, but so far just 22,300 have enrolled, according to agency statistics.
Jaron Browne, a community organizer for nonprofit POWER, which led advocacy efforts for the program, said there are several reasons to explain the low numbers. Read More
Pedestrians planning to cross the Bay Bridge for the opening celebration of the new eastern span during Labor Day weekend can breathe easy: They won’t have to pay any fees to take part in the festivities. Read More