A section of Park Presidio is closed in San Francisco this morning because of a damaged power pole. An officer from the Police Department’s Richmond Station said the pole was damaged in an earlier accident and is now dangling precariously. As a result, Park Presidio has been shut down in the area of California Street. Motorists are being directed onto side streets. Read More
On the heels of a 34-percent decline in 2010, San Francisco’s cruise industry is floating on hope, its future hinging on everything from Disney cartoons to Mexican drug cartels. Read More
Critics of the $1.58 billion Central Subway have called it expensive and unnecessary, and now they are taking issue with its design.But Muni officials say any perceived design flaws were actually practical decisions.On Monday, the planned line’s design was called unsafe and inefficient. Among the sticking points were single entrances at stations, short platforms that can only accommodate one two-car train in each direction and a lengthy transfer to the Market Street subway. Read More
Passengers on the J-Church line could be getting more frequent service.A suggestion to improve service along the light rail that runs from downtown through the Castro, Noe Valley and Mission Terrace neighborhoods to Balboa Park, was to set trains to come every 10 minutes during peak hours.According to San Francisco Municipal Transportation Authority’s transit director John Haley, increasing the intervals could increase the trains’ reliability. Read More
Crews will begin retrofitting an underpass on Geary Boulevard today with new lighting as part of an ongoing effort to be more energy efficient, according to the Department of Public Works.Technicians were scheduled to begin work at 9 a.m. on replacing about 350 fluorescent lighting fixtures along the Geary Boulevard underpass between Collins and Lyons streets, department officials said.The new lights have a life expectancy of more than 36,000 hours, and they are estimated to save more than 260,000 kilowatt hours per year. Read More
On Friday morning, despite ominous rain clouds overhead, a crowd of excited tourists filled the Powell Street cable car plaza, standing patiently to board The City’s moving landmarks in a line that extended an entire block.Today, that same scene will look much different.For the first time in 27 years, all three of The City’s cable car lines will be simultaneously undergoing maintenance work, shutting down most service on the vintage vehicles. Read More
With bus stops crammed together on seemingly every block — some are as close as 200 feet apart — traveling on the 24-Divisadero can be a laborious, stop-and-go experience for Muni passengers. And the street lacks public transit-dedicated lanes, forcing Muni buses to compete with automobiles on the bustling artery. Read More
San Francisco police are investigating a New York woman for suspicion of driving under the influence after she crashed her car into a San Francisco Municipal Railway boarding platform Sunday morning, officials said.The woman, in her late 20s, rolled over a gray four-door sedan near 31st Avenue and Judah Street at about 3:20 a.m. after striking the Muni platform, police Sgt. Michael Andraychak said. Read More
In 1991, American shoppers could buy a pound of Red-Delicious apples for $0.81. Twenty years later, the price is $1.24, an increase of 53 percent.
And two decades ago, an Apple laptop computer cost $4,500. Today, a MacBook Pro with 1,000 times the storage space is just $1,200.If only public transit riders were so lucky.
During the past two decades, average fares on BART, Caltrain, Golden Gate Transit, Muni and SamTrans have increased by more than double the regional inflation rate, which totaled 66 percent. Read More
Bicycling down Middlefield Road in unincorporated North Fair Oaks can be a white-knuckle journey, as cyclists weave between speeding SUVs and parked cars crowded in front of shops and taquerias.
Cycling advocates say the neighborhood is a prime candidate for safety improvements, such as reconfiguring the street with dedicated bike lanes. But a recently released San Mateo County-wide bicycle and pedestrian plan that lays out a vast network of proposed projects on the Peninsula calls for sending cyclists on a mile-long detour around that stretch of Middlefield. Read More