Despite one lawsuit filed already and another likely, construction work is set to begin next week in North Beach for Muni’s Central Subway.On Aug. 13, the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency, which operates Muni, will begin a four-month utility relocation project on Columbus Avenue, an undertaking that will close one lane of traffic during business hours. Read More
Hundreds of school-aged children in the Mission district are set to receive free swimming lessons as a result of an $11,500 donation to the Recreation and Park Department.
The children, mostly third- and fourth-graders, will get a chance to learn their strokes at Garfield Pool, a public swimming site that is near four public elementary schools. Helen Hilton Raiser, a local philanthropist, offered to donate the money for the program as a way to improve swimming safety among San Francisco’s youth, said Rec and Park general manager Phil Ginsburg. Read More
After being left in the lurch for a day without valid insurance, more than 500 cabs returned to San Francisco streets Thursday with the required coverage to operate.
The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency, which regulates cabs, ordered the 525 taxis off the street for Wednesday, after it was discovered a policy to cover the mandated $1 million insurance coverage for each cab had expired Tuesday night. Despite the threat of fines and permit revocation, an untold number of the cabs continued to operate. Read More
Glen Canyon Park, a 66-acre public recreation area that features some of San Francisco’s most untouched natural landscapes, is poised to undergo a facelift later this year. Read More
About one-third of The City’s cabs were either idled or operated illegally Wednesday after more than 500 were abruptly left without sufficient insurance.
The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency requires that every taxi carry a $1 million liability coverage plan to operate.
On Tuesday, Dmitry Erenkov, the insurance broker for about 525 taxis — many serving smaller companies — revealed that he could not find an insurer to cover that plan, which lapsed at midnight. Calls to Erenkov’s office were not returned. Read More
Wiggle room on BART may be a little harder to come by during Friday’s commute, when the transit agency will start experimenting with allowing bikes on trains at all times.
BART currently bans bikes on certain lines during the busy weekday commute hours. However, the agency is embarking upon an ambitious policy to increase cyclists’ access, and during August bikes will be allowed onboard all day Fridays. Read More
The Recreation and Park Department is poised to hire a new manager to oversee its beleaguered park patrol unit.
Robert Lotti, a veteran law enforcement officer who is the current chief of the Colma Police Department, will be formally introduced Aug. 14 as the new head of Rec and Park’s 25-member patrol unit. Read More
Union Square, a neighborhood that has been torn up and rearranged as part of the Central Subway construction work, faces more changes starting this weekend.
On Saturday, the section of Grant Street between Geary and Sutter streets will be converted to two-way traffic. On Monday, Stockton Street will be shuttered to all cars except for emergency vehicles between Ellis and Geary street, according to the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency, which is overseeing the project. Read More
In contrast to its speedy title, Muni’s Twitter Express bus is off to a pretty slow start.
The 83X Mid-Market Express bus, dubbed the Twitter line for its route to and from the microblogging site’s headquarters, averaged just 360 passengers a day in its first two weeks of service, a tally that puts the service well below its projected ridership numbers. Read More
The forward momentum of free Muni rides for The City’s youth, an idea passionately championed by advocates during the past two years, came to an abrupt halt Wednesday.
By a razor-thin 8-7 vote, the Metropolitan Transportation Commission, the region’s lead transit financing agency, declined to dedicate $4 million for Muni’s plan, effectively stalling the movement for the foreseeable future.
About 50 students and youth leaders chanted slogans of defiance after the meeting, prompting the arrival of several police officers at the agency’s Oakland headquarters. Read More
The City’s transportation agency will decide in September whether to pursue an enforcement program that would allow cameras affixed on street sweeping vehicles to ticket motorists for illegally parking.
The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency already has a similar video program on its buses, where cameras snap photos of cars parked in transit-only lanes. The owners of those vehicles are sent a citation without ever being approached by a parking-control officer. Read More
With the general election just a few months away, BART’s board of directors will likely appoint an interim replacement with no long-term goals to fill the seat vacated by Bob Franklin.
Franklin, a former board president who represented BART’s District 3 in the East Bay, stepped down June 30 to accept another position with the transit agency. The board must appoint a replacement for Franklin within 60 days or that duty would fall to the nearest jurisdiction’s Board of Supervisors, which in this case is Alameda County. Read More
Muni’s network of transit-only lanes will be extended from North Beach to the Ingleside District and its aging bus fleet will receive 18 new vehicles, courtesy of new federal grants that also benefit BART, SamTrans and AC Transit.
The Federal Transit Administration announced on Monday that it would direct more than $45 million to Bay Area transportation agencies for maintenance and system upgrades, including $21 million for Muni to buy new buses and improve service on its 8X-Bayshore Express line. Read More
Muni passengers may want to be more mindful of their actions in the near future. The agency is set to outfit about one-third of its fleet with state-of-the-art surveillance equipment.
On Tuesday, the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency board of directors will vote on a $6 million contract to install digital video cameras on 357 buses.
The program will be entirely funded by a grant provided by the Department of Homeland Security. Read More
Various groups are planning to shut down Muni service Monday, but the agency said it is aware of the looming protest and will make the necessary adjustments to avoid disruptions for riders.
Several reasons — including an attack on organized labor, policies of racial discrimination by city agencies such as the Police Department and Muni, and the one-year anniversary of the death of Kenneth Harding — have all been cited as the reasons for the planned transit shutdown, according to notices circulated online. Read More