Few jobs are more sedentary than being a Muni bus driver, a position that requires workers to sit for long hours with little physical movement. With precious few opportunities for exercise, maintaining a healthy diet should be essential for the operators.
But finding nutritious food sources at driver’s workplaces is usually a fruitless task — pun intended.
The recent delivery of $6.7 million to Muni has the agency pondering a difficult choice — should the funds be used to shore up an aging and decrepit fleet of vehicles, or to provide The City’s youth with unparalleled access to San Francisco’s public transit system?
That debate has split transit advocates and youth activists, and it will be the focus of a hearing today at the Board of Supervisors Government Audit and Oversight Committee. Read More
In the coming years, BART is going to have a lot more riders than it can handle, which means the transit agency is going to need a lot more money to buy a lot more trains. Read More
A class-action lawsuit has been filed against Uber demanding that the transportation service company stop operating and pay taxi drivers damages for lost wages.
Filed on behalf of cabdrivers Leonid Goncharov and Mohammed Eddine, the suit claims Uber creates unfair business competition by operating without regulation from state and local authorities.
Uber connects drivers with passengers looking for rides by using smartphone technology to locate and dispatch taxis, limousines and town cars. Read More
Three neighborhood residents have filed an appeal against a bike and pedestrian project near the Panhandle, hoping to halt it for further environmental review.
In the works for more than a decade, a separated bike lane on a three-block stretch of both Fell and Oak streets was approved last month by the board of directors of the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency, which oversees cycling policies in The City. The plan also called for pedestrian safety upgrades and the removal of 55 parking spaces. Read More
A building developer is asking BART board member James Fang to recuse himself from an impending vote on a development project at the Millbrae station because of the director’s close ties to a rival bidder.
Last year, the BART board voted to enter into exclusive negotiations with the Justin Development Corporation regarding a proposal to build a hotel on two parcels of land owned by the transit agency near the Millbrae station. Read More
Two fresh faces will join the BART board of directors, including one newcomer who knocked off a two-term incumbent in a race that was heavily funded by building contractors.
Zakhary Mallett, 25, pulled off a surprising victory over District 7 Director Lynette Sweet, a board member since being appointed in 2003. District 7 includes the eastern sliver of San Francisco where Sweet is from and portions of Alameda and Contra Costa counties. While Sweet won handily among San Francisco residents, voters in the East Bay largely went for Mallett. Read More
It’s still early, but the new ferry service between South San Francisco and the East Bay will have to make a lot of improvements to maintain its generous funding subsidies. Read More
Dave Sutton winces every time he hears about a head-on collision on the Golden Gate Bridge.
It could be from the pain — 30 percent of his body has been scarred with burn wounds, and he’s missing a leg and fingers on his right hand. But it’s usually from the knowledge that the latest accident could easily have been prevented.
Responding to concerns about privacy, the regional agency in charge of Clipper cards and FasTrak is considering reducing its retention of personal user data.
Currently, the Metropolitan Transportation Commission, which oversees both programs, retains personal information for Clipper card users for seven years and FasTrak customers for 4½ years. The Clipper card allows public-transit users to pay on multiple systems, and FasTrak is the transponder used for tolls. Read More
The 72 percent of voters who approved a $195 million bond measure Tuesday to improve public parks rose “above the noise” to invest in The City, said the chief of the Recreation and Park Department.
Proposition B, which required two-thirds approval, faced an unusual array of opposition — mostly from critics who were concerned with the privatization of the department under General Manager Phil Ginsburg. Read More
You know the theory that says an infinite number of monkeys with an infinite number of typewriters will eventually reproduce Shakespearean works?
Those simians could double their efforts and still not come up with a more appropriate title for the Japandroids’ second album, serendipitously called “Celebration Rock.”
The Vancouver duo, who play the Fillmore on Tuesday, compose brashly defiant and blisteringly loud paeans. But what makes their latest album so compelling — and title so fitting — is the songs’ urgency and self-awareness. Read More
As expected, two state lawmakers from the Bay Area were easily re-elected by voters Tuesday as another made the jump from the Assembly to the Senate. Read More
With his wounds now healed, Simon Timony — the 28-year-old San Francisco resident who was beaten up after attempting to stop a mob from wrecking a Muni bus after the Giants’ World Series triumph last week — was able to add a little levity to the ugly scene.
“A wise man once said, ‘Hey, you shouldn’t get between a group of people trying to attack a Muni bus,’” Timony recalled during a Muni meeting Tuesday. “I said, ‘Watch me.’” Read More
Think your bus is bad? Be thankful you don’t have to rely on Muni’s
76-Marin Headlands line.
The 76, Muni’s only line that goes into Marin County, has an on-time performance rate of 10 percent, often leaves passengers stranded for up to 90 minutes and doesn’t operate on Saturdays, a prime time to visit the scenic headlands.
Because of its many issues — namely the glut of stops in downtown San Francisco and a route that stretches 13 miles — the line only completes seven of its nine regularly scheduled runs on Sundays, its lone day of operation. Read More