As expected, two state lawmakers from the Bay Area were easily re-elected by voters Tuesday as another made the jump from the Assembly to the Senate. Read More
With his wounds now healed, Simon Timony — the 28-year-old San Francisco resident who was beaten up after attempting to stop a mob from wrecking a Muni bus after the Giants’ World Series triumph last week — was able to add a little levity to the ugly scene.
“A wise man once said, ‘Hey, you shouldn’t get between a group of people trying to attack a Muni bus,’” Timony recalled during a Muni meeting Tuesday. “I said, ‘Watch me.’” Read More
Think your bus is bad? Be thankful you don’t have to rely on Muni’s
76-Marin Headlands line.
The 76, Muni’s only line that goes into Marin County, has an on-time performance rate of 10 percent, often leaves passengers stranded for up to 90 minutes and doesn’t operate on Saturdays, a prime time to visit the scenic headlands.
Because of its many issues — namely the glut of stops in downtown San Francisco and a route that stretches 13 miles — the line only completes seven of its nine regularly scheduled runs on Sundays, its lone day of operation. Read More
Infrastructure improvements to the Balboa Park transit station, a site with notoriously bad accessibility, could cost more than $100 million and take a decade to be implemented.
Despite serving 24,000 BART and Muni customers each day, the Excelsior district depot has been historically underserved, with the lack of investment forcing patrons to cross busy traffic arteries or come uncomfortably close to light-rail vehicles to reach the station. Read More
U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein was comfortably re-elected Tuesday for the fourth time in an election that saw three other Democratic incumbents from the Bay Area return as well. Read More
Think San Francisco should spend $3 billion over the next 30 years on improvements to make Muni a world-class transit system? That’s possible, but then not a single dime would be spent on improvements to San Francisco’s freeway infrastructure or for biking and walking upgrades.
The region could invest $100 million to increase carpool lanes and other ride-sharing techniques, although that means it would be a lot harder to find money for grade-separated transit-only lanes on Geneva Avenue. Read More
A death on the Muni tracks Friday shut down the service in the subway for several hours, causing major delays to the underground Metro service for morning commuters.
A man was struck and killed by an N-Judah train at about 7:30 a.m. at Muni’s Montgomery Station. Investigators were working to determine why he was on the tracks. The manwas apparently walking in the tunnel between the Montgomery and Embarcadero stations when he was struck by the light-rail train, Muni spokesman Paul Rose said. Read More
Bay Area transit agencies boasted record ridership for the Giants’ World Series parade Wednesday, with the event bringing in more than 304,000 extra passengers to the public transportation network.
BART alone carried 568,061 riders, a record one-day tally for the regional train operator. The agency carries about 405,000 riders on a typical October weekday. Wednesday’s tally marked a 40 percent increase and easily bested the previous record of 522,198, set during the 2010 World Series parade, BART spokesman Jim Allison said. Read More
BART’s street-level escalators, exposed to the elements and the peculiar bathroom habits of some San Francisco citizens, could finally benefit from a little protection.
The transit agency is developing a canopy prototype for its escalators, a device that would shield the moving stairs from the wind and rain while also keeping people away from the structures during
off-service hours. Read More
With the capacity to fit nearly 65,000 people within its confines, Candlestick Park has plenty of ways to accommodate its visitors.
However, in the 41 years that the 49ers have been playing at the stadium, those accommodations have never included bike parking — until now. Read More
After a half-decade without any improvements, the condition of San Francisco streets may finally be on the upswing.
For the fifth straight year, streets received a grade of 64 out of 100 for their pavement condition from the Metropolitan Transportation Commission, the region’s lead transportation agency. Read More
The year-plus battle over a free Muni fare program for San Francisco’s low-income youths took another turn Tuesday.
Supervisor Scott Wiener introduced a nonbinding resolution urging that all available transportation funds be used for maintenance and repair work on Muni’s battered transit vehicles. It was a direct response to the recent approval of $6.7 million in federal funds for Muni, which many hope will be used to pay for a 22-month free fare pilot program for 40,000 low-income youths. Read More
When more than 1 million people pour into The City — something that’s likely to happen for the Giants’ World Series parade Wednesday—public transportation will likely suffer from overcrowding, delays and disruptions. Read More
After initially soliciting four separate bids for its Central Subway station construction projects, Muni has elected to consolidate the plans into one major contract, a move that could save the agency up to $30 million.
The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency originally made separate construction projects out of its proposed Moscone Center, Union Square and Chinatown stations, along with another project for operating systems management of the $1.6 billion Central Subway project. Read More
For years, BART’s train interiors have been bywords for dirt, grease and other filthy things most people would prefer not to know about.
However, the agency is finally starting to make strides in its never-ending battle against grime. During the most recent quarter of this fiscal year, BART actually met its goals for train interior cleanliness — the first time in the 15-plus years of its reporting that the agency has achieved that mark. Read More