Muni is poised to receive $6.7 million that could fund a free youth fare program, but some lawmakers believe the struggling transit agency should use the funds more productively. Read More
It is now possible to rent out picnic tables or find directions to the nearest neighborhood park using a smartphone, and it might not be long before people can purchase tickets for events, buy merchandise or pick up special passes.
Working with local startup Appallicious, the Recreation and Park Department recently launched its first mobile application program. The app has information on 1,200 different Rec and Park facilities, such as the location of bathrooms and the operating hours of museums and arboretums, said Appallicious founder Yo Yoshida. Read More
For four grueling months last year, San Francisco firefighter Denise Elarms underwent chemotherapy for breast cancer, an experience she could only compare to one thing.
“I’ve never been to hell,” Elarms said, “but I can’t imagine it’s any worse than chemotherapy.” Read More
The San Mateo-Hayward Bridge will be shut down to vehicles tonight as the first of two planned weekend closures this month takes place.
The span will be off-limits to cars in both directions starting at 10 p.m. and lasting through 5 a.m. Monday. The bridge will be closed for the same duration the following weekend. Read More
After six months of diminishing returns, Muni’s operating performance crept upward last month, but the agency is still far from achieving its goals.
From March to August, Muni’s on-time performance slid downward steadily, from 63.2 percent to 57.2 percent.
The agency has a voter-mandated goal of achieving an 85 percent on-time performance rate — a mark that has not been remotely approached since it became a benchmark in 1999. Read More
Cabdrivers and their long-suffering passengers might have new means to connect with each other, but taxi companies are not thrilled with the situation and local authorities are still trying to determine its legality. Read More
Encouraging signs of support for sales tax ballot measures in San Mateo County could help provide Caltrain with a long-sought dedicated funding mechanism.
A recent survey found that 66 percent of San Mateo County voters would support a quarter-cent sales tax increase to provide funding for Caltrain and SamTrans. The poll, conducted at the behest of the San Mateo County Transit District, targeted residents likely to vote in the 2014 election. The transit district manages both SamTrans and Caltrain.
New bike lanes, extended crossing zones and other traffic-calming measures on a three-block stretch of both Fell and Oak streets were approved Tuesday as part of a controversial plan that also will remove more than 50 parking spaces.
Cycling, pedestrian and transit advocates have been pushing for the project for more than a decade. On Tuesday, the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency’s board of directors unanimously approved the plan. Work is scheduled to start later this year. Read More
A plan to provide free Muni for low-income youths in San Francisco — which looked perilously close to extinction earlier this year — has received new life, with $6.7 million in funding now potentially available for the program.
When the Metropolitan Transportation Commission, which administers federal and regional transit funds, declined to approve $4 million for a 22-month pilot program in July, the endeavor looked dead in the water. Read More
A long-awaited plan to add separated bike lanes to busy sections of Oak and Fell streets is up for approval Tuesday.
The three-block stretch on both Fell and Oak between Scott and Baker streets is a vital east-west route for cyclists, but many are afraid to ride on the segment because there is virtually no separation between bikes and fast-moving cars, said Leah Shahum of the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition. Read More
On a day when lawmakers celebrated a $942 million grant approval for the Central Subway, opponents of the project announced plans Thursday to put a ballot initiative before voters that would give the electorate a chance to nix the massive undertaking.
The Fix Muni First Initiative would stop the $1.6 billion Central Subway project dead in its tracks if approved by more than 50 percent of The City’s voters in the November 2013 ballot, according to Quentin Kopp, a backer of the measure. Read More
When California voters approved Proposition 14 in 2010 — an initiative to allow open, multiparty primaries — the idea was to cut down on the rancorous, ideologically extreme rhetoric that had become commonplace in the races leading up to the general election.
However, local residents voting in state Senate races Nov. 6 will see a quirky side effect of the law that probably was not envisioned. Read More
Muni’s controversial $1.6 billion Central Subway project is poised to receive a long-awaited $942 million federal grant today, a move that will finally secure full funding for construction.
On Wednesday, the federal Department of Transportation issued a notice that it would make a “major funding announcement” today regarding the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency, which operates Muni. Sources on Wednesday confirmed that it would be the Full Funding Grant Agreement. Read More
Off the Grid could be coming to North Beach’s Joe DiMaggio Playground as part of a plan to increase the food truck event’s presence at public parks.
Since 2010, Off the Grid has staged weekly gatherings at Golden Gate Park and Civic Center Plaza. The Recreation and Park Department, which manages both sites, has received $100,000 in rent and revenue from those events, and now it wants to expand the program to the North Beach playground. Read More
Despite recent cease-and-desist letters from state regulators, the founders of three San Francisco ride-sharing businesses said they will continue to operate their companies and voiced confidence that a resolution will be reached. Read More