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Passengers board a BART train bound for the San Francisco Airport at Powell Street station. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

BART bumps up service restoration to August 30, offers fare discounts

Rail agency breaks pandemic ridership records, prepares to welcome more passengers

Passengers board a BART train bound for the San Francisco Airport at Powell Street station. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
Passengers ride the 14-Mission Muni bus on Friday, March 12, 2021. (Jordi Molina/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Transit officials fear Free Muni pilot could hurt already-strained service levels

Supporters say fare cuts could increase ridership, help low-income residents

Passengers ride the 14-Mission Muni bus on Friday, March 12, 2021. (Jordi Molina/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Historic streetcars are undergoing testing on The Embarcadero to prepare for their return to service on May 15.<ins></ins>

What to expect for Muni Metro’s relaunch on May 15

Significant service restoration includes downtown subway tunnels and historic streetcars

Historic streetcars are undergoing testing on The Embarcadero to prepare for their return to service on May 15.<ins></ins>
Many famillies have supported keeping John F. Kennedy Drive in Golden Gate Park free of car traffic. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

Fight over future of JFK Drive heats up

Shamann Walton compares accessibilty issues to segregation, likens street closure to ‘1950s South’

Many famillies have supported keeping John F. Kennedy Drive in Golden Gate Park free of car traffic. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
People congregate outside restaurants and Shared Spaces platforms along Ninth Avenue in the Sunset District on Tuesday, March 30, 2021. (Jordi Molina/ Special to the S.F. Examiner)

The City rolls out lower permit fees, discounts for permanent parklet program

It’s a ‘step in the right direction’, some merchants say

People congregate outside restaurants and Shared Spaces platforms along Ninth Avenue in the Sunset District on Tuesday, March 30, 2021. (Jordi Molina/ Special to the S.F. Examiner)
Chelsea Hung, who owns Washington Bakery and Restaurant in Chinatown with her mother, said the restaurant is only making about 30 percent of pre-pandemic revenues. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

Chinatown’s slow recovery has business owners fearing for the future

Lack of outside visitors threatens to push neighborhood into ‘downward spiral’

Chelsea Hung, who owns Washington Bakery and Restaurant in Chinatown with her mother, said the restaurant is only making about 30 percent of pre-pandemic revenues. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
Transit riders and transit labor advocates march to the Metropolitan Transportation Commission headquarters to demand MTC release $1.7 billion in transit funds to Bay Area transit agencies on Thursday, May 6, 2021. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

Transit advocates want MTC to release $1.7 billion from American Rescue Plan

MTC says waiting will help build consensus on priorities, increase certainty about future needs

Transit riders and transit labor advocates march to the Metropolitan Transportation Commission headquarters to demand MTC release $1.7 billion in transit funds to Bay Area transit agencies on Thursday, May 6, 2021. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
Income from Shared Spaces will provide financial resources to the San Francisco Municipal Transporation Agency, according to its director, Jeffrey Tumlin. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

SFMTA director says Shared Spaces serves transit agency’s financial interest

$10.6 million price tag for program raises concerns among transit agency’s board members

Income from Shared Spaces will provide financial resources to the San Francisco Municipal Transporation Agency, according to its director, Jeffrey Tumlin. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
A warning notice sits under the windshield wiper of a recreational vehicle belonging to a homeless man named David as it sits parked on De Wolf Street near Alemany Boulevard on Friday, Aug. 31, 2018. A proposed SF Municipal Transportation Agency law would make it illegal for overnight parking on the side street for vehicles taller than seven feet or longer than 22 feet. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

SFMTA to resume ‘poverty tows’ amid calls to make temporary ban permanent

Fines and fees hurt low-income, homeless residents, but officials say they are a necessary tool

A warning notice sits under the windshield wiper of a recreational vehicle belonging to a homeless man named David as it sits parked on De Wolf Street near Alemany Boulevard on Friday, Aug. 31, 2018. A proposed SF Municipal Transportation Agency law would make it illegal for overnight parking on the side street for vehicles taller than seven feet or longer than 22 feet. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
Many San Francisco residents expressed support in a survey for the idea of integrating BART and Caltrain, the Bay Area’s two regional commuter rail systems. (Shutterstock)

Survey suggests merger of BART and Caltrain could be popular

Bay Area commuter rail systems have been hit hard by loss of riders during pandemic

Many San Francisco residents expressed support in a survey for the idea of integrating BART and Caltrain, the Bay Area’s two regional commuter rail systems. (Shutterstock)
Manny Yekutiel, left, owner of Manny’s, helps a customer at the Mission District cafe in a 2019 photo. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

Q&A: Manny Yekutiel says local merchants have endured financial, emotional damage during pandemic

The SF Examiner recently launched a Q&A series that seeks to connect…

Manny Yekutiel, left, owner of Manny’s, helps a customer at the Mission District cafe in a 2019 photo. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
A Shared Spaces dining setup outside Jaranita at Chestnut and Steiner streets on Thursday, April 29, 2021. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

Disability advocates fear Shared Spaces could create an ‘obstacle course’ on city sidewalks

Proposed legislation may not go far enough to preserve accessibility for blind, mobility impaired

A Shared Spaces dining setup outside Jaranita at Chestnut and Steiner streets on Thursday, April 29, 2021. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
An expanded, permanent Shared Spaces program allowing businesses to open outdoor seating in public areas could help the economy, but cost The City millions in parking revenue and other expenses. <ins>(Jordi Molina/ Special to S.F. Examiner)</ins>

Shared Spaces could cost cash-strapped SFMTA more than $10M a year

Program intended to boost small business could come at a cost for struggling city transit agency

An expanded, permanent Shared Spaces program allowing businesses to open outdoor seating in public areas could help the economy, but cost The City millions in parking revenue and other expenses. <ins>(Jordi Molina/ Special to S.F. Examiner)</ins>
Freddy Gamez, owner of Mission Street Oyster Bar, is not sure of the financial feasibility of keeping his restaurant’s Shared Spaces platform. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

A permanent Shared Spaces program is supposed to help struggling businesses, but not everyone can afford it

Advocates say ‘one-size-fits-all’ fees and outreach disadvantage vulnerable merchants

Freddy Gamez, owner of Mission Street Oyster Bar, is not sure of the financial feasibility of keeping his restaurant’s Shared Spaces platform. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
Neighbors held a Community Build Day in April along the 200 block of Turk Street to create Safe Passage Park (SPark). (Courtesy Tenderloin Community Benefit District)

Tenderloin’s 200 block of Turk Street transformed into urban community park

Space to provide family programming, safe sidewalks for pedestrians and access to greenery

Neighbors held a Community Build Day in April along the 200 block of Turk Street to create Safe Passage Park (SPark). (Courtesy Tenderloin Community Benefit District)
Vehicles pass through the intersection of Park Presidio and Geary boulevards on Tuesday afternoon, April 20, 2021, San Francisco, Calif. (Photo by Ekevara Kitpowsong/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Man killed by hit-and-run driver at Geary Boulevard and Park Presidio

A driver struck and killed a pedestrian in the Richmond Distrit before…

Vehicles pass through the intersection of Park Presidio and Geary boulevards on Tuesday afternoon, April 20, 2021, San Francisco, Calif. (Photo by Ekevara Kitpowsong/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Red concrete lanes along Van Ness Avenue are part of a long-anticipated Bus Rapid Transit project intended to speed up travel times and increase reliability. <ins>(Jordi Molina/Special to S.F. Examiner)</ins>

Van Ness Avenue BRT to finally begin service early next year

SFMTA say ‘the end is in sight’ on lengthy construction project

Red concrete lanes along Van Ness Avenue are part of a long-anticipated Bus Rapid Transit project intended to speed up travel times and increase reliability. <ins>(Jordi Molina/Special to S.F. Examiner)</ins>
Legislation introduced by Mayor London Breed is intended to streamline permitting and reduce the fees needed for small businesses to open in San Francisco. <ins>(Jordi Molina/ Special to S.F. Examiner)</ins>

Mayor’s Small Business Recovery Act survives tight vote from Planning Commission

Desire to act quickly wins out, moving sweeping changes in regulations one step closer to approval

Legislation introduced by Mayor London Breed is intended to streamline permitting and reduce the fees needed for small businesses to open in San Francisco. <ins>(Jordi Molina/ Special to S.F. Examiner)</ins>
A BART memo proposes spending nearly $10 million for enhanced cleaning in the system’s cars and restrooms.<ins>	(Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)</ins>

BART to emphasize increased service and cleaning in next fiscal year’s budget

Agency’s future could depend on getting riders back on the train

A BART memo proposes spending nearly $10 million for enhanced cleaning in the system’s cars and restrooms.<ins>	(Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)</ins>
Temporary high-occupancy vehicle lanes will be added to sections of state Highway 1 and U.S. Highway 101, including Park Presidio Boulevard, to keep traffic flowing as The City reopens. <ins>(Ekevara Kitpowsong/Special to S.F. Examiner)</ins>

Transit and high-occupancy vehicle lanes coming to some of The City’s busiest streets

Changes intended to improve transit reliability as traffic increases with reopening

Temporary high-occupancy vehicle lanes will be added to sections of state Highway 1 and U.S. Highway 101, including Park Presidio Boulevard, to keep traffic flowing as The City reopens. <ins>(Ekevara Kitpowsong/Special to S.F. Examiner)</ins>