Jane and James Dubuque would love to drive to a local restaurant for a meal every now and then, but the prospect is just too frightening for the retired Glen Park couple.
Their reluctance isn’t related to some anxiety disorder or aversion to overpriced cuisines. It’s because they’re convinced that if they leave their neighborhood, they’ll never find another nearby parking spot. Read More
The often futile practice of hailing a cab in San Francisco will soon become a little easier.
An additional 150 to 200 cabs will be roaming The City’s streets starting later this year, courtesy of a plan approved Tuesday by the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency’s board of directors. Read More
A new report on The City’s most dangerous intersections reveals that many continue to be troublesome, leaving safety advocates to wonder why more is not being done to improve conditions.
In 2011, a combined 10 pedestrians and bicyclists were hit by cars at the intersection of Market Street and Octavia Boulevard, making it the least safe crossing in The City, according to a report by the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition, which compiled data from the Police Department. Read More
Although it’s still early, the fears that Muni would be overrun by freeloaders due to its new all-door boarding policy are thus far unfounded.
The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency reported about $13.9 million in fare revenue for July, a 19 percent increase from the prior July, when passengers only boarded at the front of buses. Read More
The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency will reopen its bidding process for the construction of the Central Subway’s Chinatown station after a quartet of contractors failed to meet the agency’s requirements during the first round of solicitations.
Tutor-Saliba, a Los Angeles-based firm, offered to complete the construction project for $239 million, the lowest of four bids accepted by the SFMTA. The four bids ranged from $239 million to $397 million. Read More
Despite a din of protests from cabdrivers, a new plan for how The City administers taxi operating permits was approved Tuesday.For decades, drivers have been able to bide their time on a lengthy waiting list to obtain a taxi medallion, a permit that can be leased out to other cabbies. As part of a pilot project that’s been running for the past two years, drivers with $250,000 have been able to jump to the top of the list to purchase a medallion. Read More
The City’s residential parking program, in place for more than 35 years, could be in line for a major overhaul.
Designed to keep out-of-town commuters from parking all day in residential neighborhoods, the program lets permit holders park on city streets for 72 hours without having to move their vehicles. Since it was created in 1976, the program has evolved to include 27 zones of varying sizes spread unevenly throughout San Francisco. Read More
Muni’s practice of stopping transit lines and turning them around before the final destination shows a disregard for passengers, doesn’t improve service and is not widely practiced by other transit agencies, according to a new civil grand jury report. Read More