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Lyft, owner of the Bay Wheels bikeshare program, stands to receive more than $300,000 in a legal settlement with The City. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

Supervisors to weigh $330,000 settlement with Lyft over bikeshare dispute

If approved, deal would resolve an 18-month long legal battle over San Francisco’s e-bike market

Lyft, owner of the Bay Wheels bikeshare program, stands to receive more than $300,000 in a legal settlement with The City. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
Traffic on the Golden Gate Bridge over Thanksgiving was lighter than usual, but still the best week relative to last year since shelter-in-place has started. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

Thanksgiving travel lower than usual but still expected to cause COVID-19 surge, experts say

Fewer people traveled for Thanksgiving this year, but the holiday is still…

Traffic on the Golden Gate Bridge over Thanksgiving was lighter than usual, but still the best week relative to last year since shelter-in-place has started. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
The J Church train could begin running again later this month on at least part of its surface route. (Mira Laing/Special to S.F. Examiner)

First Muni trains will return to service Dec. 19

Three additional bus routes coming back online in January

The J Church train could begin running again later this month on at least part of its surface route. (Mira Laing/Special to S.F. Examiner)
(Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
Muni representatives in uniforms will be stationed on vehicles in attempts to ensure riders pay their fares . (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

Muni to resume fare enforcement with ‘reimagined’ approach

Mayor calls on The City to do ‘everything we can’ to save SFMTA as budget crisis looms

(Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
Muni representatives in uniforms will be stationed on vehicles in attempts to ensure riders pay their fares . (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
The number of high-value real estate transactions in San Francisco such as office or hotel properties has declined since the start of the coronavirus pandemic. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

Decline in high-end real estate sales this year means less money for The City

Transfer tax revenues on track to come in far below previous years

The number of high-value real estate transactions in San Francisco such as office or hotel properties has declined since the start of the coronavirus pandemic. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
Jeff Tumlin, director of transportation for the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency, said the agency’s fiscal situation is “far worse” than the worse case scenarios projected back in April. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

SFMTA prepares for massive potential layoffs as budget crisis continues to build

More than 1,200 full-time jobs on the line as agency struggles to close deficit

Jeff Tumlin, director of transportation for the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency, said the agency’s fiscal situation is “far worse” than the worse case scenarios projected back in April. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
Traffic on 19th Avenue. (Photo courtesy Shutterstock)

Construction on 19th Avenue to begin Monday, traffic delays expected

Officials encourage drivers to take alternate routes, factor in longer travel times

Traffic on 19th Avenue. (Photo courtesy Shutterstock)
The most dangerous behaviors by drivers include failing to yield right-of-way at crosswalks, unsafe speeding and failing to stop at red lights or stop signs. <ins>(Ekevara Kitpowsong/Special to S.F. Examiner)</ins>

Police have pledged to target dangerous driving behaviors. So why is enforcement down?

City struggles to reduce traffic fatalities and injuries

The most dangerous behaviors by drivers include failing to yield right-of-way at crosswalks, unsafe speeding and failing to stop at red lights or stop signs. <ins>(Ekevara Kitpowsong/Special to S.F. Examiner)</ins>
Two women ride Lime dockless electric scooters along the sidewalk on Market Street in April 2018. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

Lime doubles e-scooter fleet after acquisition of JUMP permit

Lime has expanded its San Francisco fleet to 2,000 e-scooters, after it…

Two women ride Lime dockless electric scooters along the sidewalk on Market Street in April 2018. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
Vehicle traffic is expected to peak Wednesday afternoon before Thanksgiving. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
Vehicle traffic is expected to peak Wednesday afternoon before Thanksgiving. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
The area near the Castro Muni Metro Station is expected to be affected by construction work on the Twin Peaks Tunnel, with lane closures on Market Street and some loss of parking. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

Construction on Twin Peaks Tunnel to begin November 30

Area around Castro Muni Station will see greatest impacts including lane closures on Market Street

The area near the Castro Muni Metro Station is expected to be affected by construction work on the Twin Peaks Tunnel, with lane closures on Market Street and some loss of parking. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
A passenger boards an inbound Muni M-Ocean View train at West Portal Station in 2019. The station, which sits at one end of the Twin Peaks Tunnel, is currently closed. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

SFMTA head says ‘culture of fear’ at agency contributed to series of botched capital projects

Supervisors lay into agency leadership after revelation that Twin Peaks Tunnel requires partial redo

A passenger boards an inbound Muni M-Ocean View train at West Portal Station in 2019. The station, which sits at one end of the Twin Peaks Tunnel, is currently closed. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
BART has seen low ridership since the start of the coronavirus pandemic. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

Almost 40 percent of BART employees to be offered retirement incentives

Board approves payments to shrink agency costs without layoffs

BART has seen low ridership since the start of the coronavirus pandemic. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
People of color make up a disproportionate number of transit operators at the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency and are underrepresented in management, according to data released this week. 
Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner

Damaging legacy of ‘racism, sexism, discrimination’ at SFMTA persists

A racial equity plan draft presented Tuesday seeks to right some of the wrongs against employees of color

People of color make up a disproportionate number of transit operators at the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency and are underrepresented in management, according to data released this week. 
Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner
The Metropolitian Transportation Commission is working to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 19 percent in the next 15 years.<ins> (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)</ins>

Regional planners back off from mandatory telecommute goal

Widespread pushback yields possible compromise allowing more flexibility, emphasis on transit

The Metropolitian Transportation Commission is working to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 19 percent in the next 15 years.<ins> (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)</ins>
The self-driving Chevrolet Bolt by Cruise Automation is undergoing testing in The City. (Shutterstock)

Supervisors decry lack of local oversight over unmanned vehicles

Cruise begins testing in SF of driverless autonomous vehicles

The self-driving Chevrolet Bolt by Cruise Automation is undergoing testing in The City. (Shutterstock)
The SFMTA will conduct community outreach in seven neighborhoods to determine if there is interest and support for Slow Streets corridors. (Courtesy SFMTA)
The SFMTA will conduct community outreach in seven neighborhoods to determine if there is interest and support for Slow Streets corridors. (Courtesy SFMTA)
The Golden Gate Bridge, Highway and Transit District board voted to eliminate 205 positions as a cost-cutting measure during the pandemic. 
Mike Koozmin/
S.F. Examiner 
file photo

Golden Gate Bridge Transit District approves mass layoffs in response to COVID-19 budget disaster

Emotional meeting still leaves 150 employees out of work come January

The Golden Gate Bridge, Highway and Transit District board voted to eliminate 205 positions as a cost-cutting measure during the pandemic. 
Mike Koozmin/
S.F. Examiner 
file photo
San Francisco’s Great Highway was closed in March to provide open space for pedestrians and cyclists during the pandemic. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

Temporary Great Highway closure could lose support from District Four supervisor

Gordon Mar asks SFMTA to take action to calm traffic and reduce congestion on surrounding streets

San Francisco’s Great Highway was closed in March to provide open space for pedestrians and cyclists during the pandemic. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
Advocates hold signs at a rally in favor of the Better Market Street plan ahead of a vote at the SFMTA Board on Oct. 15, 2019. That plan has now been changed, leaving many who worked on it feeling that their input has been disregarded. <ins>(Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)</ins>

Opportunity to transform Market Street could be squandered, advocates say

Changes to bike lane plan made with little public input to save money

Advocates hold signs at a rally in favor of the Better Market Street plan ahead of a vote at the SFMTA Board on Oct. 15, 2019. That plan has now been changed, leaving many who worked on it feeling that their input has been disregarded. <ins>(Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)</ins>