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Letters: Good on Breed for challenging the SFMTA

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A Ford GoBike station is seen at Haight and Pierce streets on April 11, 2018. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

YIMBY-backed Breed intervened to remove bikeshare station on her own block,” On Guard, April 12

Good on Breed for standing up to the SFMTA

It’s about time someone took on the San Francisco Municipal Twransportation Agency.

In my Western Addition neighborhood, FordGoBike stations go up overnight without warning and remove tons of parking. Two examples are on Scott Street, near Turk, and right outside the Walgreen’s on O’Farrell at Divisadero. Now, we have JUMP bikes and dockless scooters taking up valuable sidewalk space. How can that be legal?

Just the other day, I saw a scooter on its side in the middle of the block, blocking access to pedestrians. Just wait until a scooter user runs into someone on the sidewalk, causing major bodily injury. Who’s going to be accountable for that??

It’s time the SFMTA’s arrogance was checked.

Sherrie Matza

San Francisco

“Uber-like app Flywheel will kick half of SF taxi fleet off its platform,” The City, April 5

Clearing the air about Flywheel

All taxis in San Francisco are required to have and maintain $1 million in auto liability insurance coverage. Additionally, color schemes and dispatch services are required to have $1 million in general liability insurance. This is monitored by the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency when a company applies for or renews a permit, as well as when vehicles change color schemes and when new vehicles are added or reintroduced to the fleet. Insurance brokers are also required to provide notice to the SFMTA two weeks prior to the change in status of the policy.

San Francisco Paratransit also ensures that taxi and dispatch services are properly insured at all times. Certificates of insurance are provided to SF Paratransit by the insurance broker or provider with policy effective dates, minimum limits of coverage and schedule of medallions.

We make it a top priority at the SFMTA to ensure every taxi on our streets is properly insured.

Kate Toran

Director of Taxi and Accessible Service,

San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency

“Regional measure would raise bridge tolls to fund transit improvements,” The City, April 5

Regional Measure 3 is more of the same dysfunction

In the case of Regional Measure 3, voters should focus on the quality of the measure. Would it achieve its much ballyhooed purpose of reducing Bay Area traffic congestion? Would it be fair to bridge users? The question of which level of government did or said “what about” it is beside the point.

Congressman Mark DeSaulnier succinctly underscored the measure’s fatal flaws when he characterized it as “a grab bag of transportation projects cobbled together by state lawmakers behind closed doors. Equally valid was his reminder that “under RM3, by 2025, typical commuters [half driving from the East Bay] would pay about $700 more each year, but would see little to no improvement in their commutes.”

The RM3 hodgepodge represents more of the same: billions of transportation dollars thrown blindly at pet projects that contribute little or nothing to the solution to the Bay Area’s growing transportation nightmare.

Gerald Cauthen

Bay Area Transportation Working Group

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