In worst-case scenarios, public construction projects in San Francisco can drag on for years, suffer from cost overruns, end up in litigation and have workers complaining about not being paid.
Mayor Ed Lee issued an executive directive Wednesday aimed at improving public construction contracting by requiring better communication and new payment requirements for The City and its contractors. Read More
Despite lingering concerns from business and church groups, a plan to enforce parking meters on Sundays is set to make its debut next month.
Starting Jan. 6, The City’s 29,233 parking meters will be operational from noon to 6 p.m. on Sundays, providing $1.9 million annually for the perennially cash-strapped San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency. Read More
Talks are beginning to start up again over a controversial plan to install 5,000 parking meters in new San Francisco neighborhoods, nearly one year after the proposal was shelved following a harsh community pushback. Read More
When Cable Car 26 rolled onto the streets of San Francisco for the first time earlier this month, Norma Apilado Bernal knew it would be the last piece of artwork she’d get from her husband.
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In December 2009, during a routine news conference to announce the unveiling of some painted bike lanes, former Mayor Gavin Newsom somehow managed to create a morsel of news out of a ho-hum event.
Frustrated by the lack of progress in his cherished citywide bike-sharing network, Newsom told local reporters that Nathaniel Ford, then the director of the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency, would be looking for a new job if the cycling project wasn’t completed.
Making Muni free for low-income San Francisco youths could become a reality as soon as February after the Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday in favor of a proposed pilot program.
Although the final decision lies with the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency, the supervisors’ 7-4 approval of a resolution backing the program sent the transit directors a strong message of support before their scheduled Dec. 4 vote. Mayor Ed Lee also backs the program. Read More
Muni is exploring new options for retrieving tunneling equipment in or near North Beach, including one that could save the agency $23 million while keeping the machinery underground indefinitely.
As part of its $1.6 billion Central Subway project, which will extend underground Metro service from South of Market to Chinatown, Muni wants to extract a tunnel-boring machine through Columbus Avenue. Preparation for that process began this year and will be finished by Thanksgiving 2013. Read More
The long argument over whether to allow low-income youths to ride Muni for free appears all but over.
Today, the Board of Supervisors is expected to send the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency’s board of directors a clear message of support for a pilot program to make Muni free for low-income youths. Read More
The San Francisco Municipal Transit Agency’s medallion sales programs should end. These programs do not benefit taxi drivers or taxi riders. Rather, these sales and leases benefit cab companies and the agency itself. These sales, and specifically leases to cab companies, will greatly reduce the quality of cab service in San Francisco. Read More