With a crucial vote on the project scheduled for Thursday, Muni has yet to reach a deal with a North Beach property owner about bringing up its Central Subway boring equipment at an abandoned
The agency wants to purchase a two-year lease of the Pagoda Palace on Powell Street so it can remove equipment for the $1.6 billion subway project. Originally, Muni planned on using Columbus Avenue, but changed course to
alleviate neighborhood concerns. Read More
Once again, San Francisco ranks as one of the most congested metropolitan areas in the nation, with local commuters losing 61 hours each year stuck in traffic.
At 67 hours of lost productivity, commuters in the Washington, D.C., metro area were the only motorists in the country who suffered more than San Francisco drivers last year, according to the Texas Transportation Institute, which produces annual congestion reports. Read More
The passengers keep arriving and the records keep falling at San Francisco International Airport.
Last year was the busiest in SFO’s history, with 44.5 million fliers passing through the hub. That marked an 8.5 percent increase from 2011, which had a then-record of 41 million passengers. Read More
Developers of residential projects would be able to exceed parking caps by adding spaces designated only for car sharing, under legislation that advanced out of committee Monday.
While the proposal was praised by supervisors on the board’s Land Use and Economic Development Committee, others called the legislation a wrongheaded approach to tackling the adverse environmental impacts associated with cars. Read More
Muni could increase the number of trains it can run on the future Central Subway line by adding turnaround loops in the Dogpatch neighborhood that would also benefit passengers in The City’s southeastern neighborhoods, according to the agency.
Muni’s Central Subway project is a $1.6 billion extension of the T-Third Street line that will eventually connect passengers from Hunters Point to Chinatown. Read More
Drivers in San Francisco soon may not need a cache of coins in their cars to feed the meters as a part of a proposal to replace The City’s entire network of parking meters — some 30,000 devices — with newer technology by this fall.
San Francisco has about 23,000 older parking meters that accept only coins and payment cards issued by the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency, which is in charge of parking in The City. There are an additional 6,000 or so meters that feature the agency’s new SFpark technology, which accept multiple payment forms and offer differing hourly rates. Another 1,000 meters are located on property the Port of San Francisco manages.
Would-be rioters setting their sites on buses to burn after the Super Bowl on Sunday won’t have much luck pursuing their incendiary ways on Market Street.
Following the unrest that broke out after the Giants won the World Series in October — which included a Muni bus being set ablaze downtown on Market Street — city officials have elected to detour all transit vehicles off San Francisco’s main artery Sunday night. Read More
A new loading zone set to be carved out for private shuttles on Van Ness Avenue could be a sign of things to come, as The City prepares to deal with the ever-growing number of unregulated buses.
Van Ness Avenue has become the center of conflicts between Muni vehicles and private shuttles, which scoop up workers in San Francisco and carry them to jobs on the Peninsula and in Silicon Valley. The shuttles often pick up workers at stops designated for Muni vehicles, leading to public transit delays. Read More
One day after state regulators lifted a ban against the ride-sharing company Lyft, a similar courtesy was extended to another local operator.
Uber, the oldest ride-sharing company in San Francisco, had been issued a cease-and-desist order from the California Public Utilities Commission in October, although the business continued to operate. Read More
Vehicles sporting pink mustaches could proliferate on the streets of San Francisco in coming months after a cease-and-desist order against a popular ride-sharing company was lifted.
Lyft, a startup that combines new media functions with taxi-like services, had been threatened with fines of $20,000 and ordered to halt its operations while the California Public Utilities Commission investigated the company’s practices. Lyft is known for outfitting members’ vehicles with bright-pink mustaches on the front. Read More