sfparkripoff & guest from 9:26 a.m. -- you are fundamentally correct the SFMTA desperately needs to be voted out because the voters are the ones who made the big mistake of merging the Department of Parking & Traffic with the Muni department to become SFMTA while capitalizing on the City's inherent traffic issues in a densely populated area with half-baked solutions known as "traffic calming" (e.g., reducing traffic lanes while adding bicycle lanes [and even setting traffic signals to 11 mph], expanding sidewalks or creating bulbouts, raising parking rates and fines) all using the rationalization of promoting a transit-first policy. Most of us know this is a masquerade for a revenue scam.
The problem now is SFMTA cannot easily be voted out or split back into separate departments. The voters made a gross mistake forming SFMTA. The SFMTA is an abysmal failure because the only mode of transportation that has gained anything from it is the bicycle coalition. The mission of the SFMTA is to facilitate the needs of all modes of transportation fails because bicycle ridership is the only mode of transportation that has gained from all of this. You cannot have a successful government department who is partial and biased towards one of its constituents while biased against other constituents.
The SFMTA will continue to be an abysmal failure until it recognizes and changes its stance that they exist to serve the needs of all modes of transportation. The transit-first policy has become only a poor excuse to tax and gouge anyone driving motor vehicles. Motorists would appreciate the SFMTA more if they actually did something to facilitate smoother traffic flow without utilizing pretentious "traffic calming" half baked solutions.
Sorry. Got so carried away I forgot to post the link.
Here's some homework for you, Mr. Dickey. This is a long oral-history interview with Walter Haas by people at UC's Bancroft Library. Toward the end, Mr. Haas talks in great depth about his purchase of the A's, his consent to allow the Giants to add Santa Clara County to their territory (to that point, neither team "owned" it), so that Lurie could try to move the Giants south. Mr. Haas touches on a number of other factual matters you, as a Bay Area sports writer, should learn about. Lurie's offer of $1M, for example, if Haas would move the A's away. Haas bought the A's, however, specifically to keep Finley from moving them (or from selling them to someone who would move them), and Hass remained fiercely loyal to Oakland. Maybe when you finish your homework you can publish a piece comparing the execrable Wolff/Fisher with the great Mr. Haas.
Ludicrous2, it sounds like you are really unhappy living in this thriving, wonderful, liberal Democrat city. Why don't you move to Modesto or Stockton or something? You would surely be much happier there.
I wonder if we are cleaning streets that really aren't that dirty. I like the salt water idea, but I am sure the salt water affects sewage systems or... maybe not. Any experts here?
Democratically elected BoT's...What a joke...The extreme left wing political machine called the DCCC elects and reelects the BoT's. All you need is their blessing and you win. This is called "democracy" SF style. This is what happens when the electorate at the local level doesn't care. You get "clueless" Idiots like the current BoT's. The same "clueless" BoT's were reelected with one new position, all blessed by the DCCC. How surprising!
They promoted Don Griffin to his highest level of incompetency. He, and the failed BoT's, helped screw up CCSF. Don and the BoT's remain cowards by not addressing the public and refusing to accept responsibility or accountability for this fiasco.
North Beach whiners: stop listening to the Angry Dwarf, and visit Cambridge MA. The Red Line goes all the way through Cambridge, and represents no disruption. And with construction using TBM systems, the construction interruptions will be minimal (comparatively, since the Red Line was constructed using cut & cover). Aren't you Telegraph Hill Dwellers tired (YET?) of all the circling traffic every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday day & night?
Regarding a Geary Line: much of this can be constructed using cut & cover methods, which are much less expensive than tunneling.
The SFMTA has taken away street design from professional engineering experts and made it a fragmented “community” and committee process at the will of politicians and bicycle lobbyists. The street designs being rubber stamped all over the city under the euphemisms of “traffic calming” and “streetscaping” are misguided in their application. Shrinking the number of auto lanes and replacing them with bike lanes has created less efficient roadways for PUBLIC TRANSIT, private autos, and emergency vehicles. When you slow down traffic, you slow down surface transit as well.
The city is narrowing traffic lanes and making it increasingly more difficult for fire trucks and other first responders to turn and pass on to busy streets. There are approximately 5,000 pedestrian deaths per year in the United States. By comparison, there is an average of 250,000 deaths from sudden cardiac arrest. The American Heart Association (AHA) statistics for SCA, show survivability is directly related to the response times of cities. For example, an AHA study in 1996 showed that Seattle with a response time of less than 7 minutes saved 30% of its sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) victims. New York, with an average response time of 12 minutes saved only 2%. While delay from individual devices is sometimes measured, the cumulative effect of series of devices is often ignored. Series of devices turn seconds of delay into minutes, as vehicles fail to regain cruising speed between the devices. Calming devices impose permanent, 24-hour delays to emergency response, unlike traffic congestion which occurs periodically. A study conducted by the fire department of Austin, Texas, 1997, showed an increase in the travel time of ambulances of up to 100% transporting victims.
Studies have shown traffic calming costs over 4 lives lost through delayed emergency response for every pedestrian saved, yet our politicians fight input to these projects by San Francisco Fire Department. These lives lost are as important as those of pedestrians. City Hall should let street design be done by qualified traffic engineers and not by pedestrian and bicycle lobbyists.
Awayneramsey, you clearly don't know anything about dogs, much less what the term voice command means. I'm getting the impression you're just a really uninformed person who loves to complain about everything. You don't care what the topic is, you just like to complain.
If you get in your personal car and bypass all taxi driving requirements and take business away from city regulated taxi drivers you are a scum bag. You are a scum bag.
Wow, the SFPD are really special. One cop shoots his partner and they come w/ this fairytale, outstanding!
The name ascribed to the Parish Hall at St. Hilary should be changed, the honor should simply be to the past pastors of the parish instead of a single named individual.
Transit First, sfparktroll. It's not all about you, it's about what's best for all of San Francisco. Making it easier for YOU to drive YOUR car, and for YOU to PARK FOR FREE is not a priority for me. Ped and bike safety and efficient transit are goals I stand behind, and I will be voting yes for the bond and VLF measures.
@Ari Gold & @Angelo_Frank: Salt water will disinfect, but many plants will soon fail to grow on soil that is too salty.
Canines, “under voice command” by dog walkers and owners, reminds me of the man who studied bears and who thought he could “command the bear.” The bear mauled him. There are so many off-leash dogs running freely at the small park that I frequent, that I decided that the risk of personal injury was not worth the visit.
I agree with most of what Director Ed Reiskin of San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency said and, I am “topographically challenged” while walking up Mason Street to Knob Hill, since it has a high pitch. It might contribute to greater efficiency should operators be subjected to mandatory physical exercise regimens, consisting of walking, bicycling or running. Most of these are too corpulent. The job is not the hazard here, but indolence.
Simple neglect explains why the Department of Public Works treatment plants and cleaning trucks nozzles have not been fitted to collect-and-tank this sullage for street cleaning and other purposes that greywater might be used for. Is it possible to motivate the local municipal labor pool employees at DPW to do this, apace?
Its no surprise why costs are higher: the union demands the highest salaries and benefits in the country.
And here is the comedy line: "we need to pay our employees is a lot more than folks in other places.” The fact is few if any Muni employees live in SF. Many live as far away as Sacramento!
Because the wages and salaries are so expensive there is no money left for capital expenditures. This explains why the Muni fleet is the oldest and has frequent break downs.
And the kicker, “It showed that our ridership is really strong,” So he's saying that despite demand for Muni service being very high, he is incapable of providing the service at a reasonable level.
Solution: the only additional capital expenditures should be for subways. Trains can move passengers on their own right of way much faster than buses on crowded streets. A single operator can run a 2-3 car train reducing the cost per passenger. Better yet, make the long term goal to make an automated train system to eliminate the high cost labor (these are common around the world). Subways have a much LOWER operating cost in the long run because of this. The result would be a more affordable and much more effective system.
If these problems and solutions sound similar to BART, its not a coincidence. Money for both of these systems is diverted to high paying wages and benefits rather than badly needed capital expenditures.
Chris ---- Many thanks for continuing to use the words "Tuolumne River" whenever you do a story about the Hetch Hetchy system. I still wonder how many people realize that their water comes from a very special river that is in the National Wild & Scenic System.
Keep up the good work.
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