The City pays more, gets less from transit

“Muni delays cost economy $50M a year, study says,” The City, Wednesday

The City pays more, gets less from transit

The San Francisco Examiner informs us that Muni and its transportation director, Ed Reiskin, are now aware that Muni’s delays cost its riders and the economy $50 million per year; a nice figure to have, but to what end?
For the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency, this means misapplying and inappropriately pivoting the financial loss of the public to Muni’s gain.

Again, the infamous city government solution — yet more bonds and increased fees to saddle the 825,000 residents of a city whose annual budget is now an eye-watering $7 billion, and who yet again, are asked to pay more for less — poorer service, less cognizance and less competence, not to mention the continuing lack of accountability.

This from the SFMTA — which believes that meters solve congestion and this city’s residents and visitors still don’t pay enough.

This is transit first? No thank you.

Levon Sanossian
San Francisco

Who is watching traffic?

Yes, Muni delays cost the economy but not all delays can be laid at the door of Muni management.

The other evening my inbound 10-Townsend bus sat at the Bush and Sansome streets intersection through 10 traffic light changes. Southbound traffic kept entering the intersection though there was not a chance they could make it through. This intersection needs some additional signage (Don’t enter the box, perhaps) and a traffic officer during rush hour.

Muni coaches are delayed on Market Street due to automobiles in the bus-street car lanes. Who’s enforcing the restrictions?

Muni needs money but could also benefit from enforcement of applicable laws.

Becky Evans
San Francisco<br>
? “Bike-share vendor coming to S.F. is accused of unfair labor practices,” The City, Tuesday

Questions on bike share

San Francisco residents and taxpayers need to demand additional answers from City Hall, not only about the vendor’s possible unfair labor practices but about bike-share safety and accident liability for this “green” venture.

Will future bike-share riders sign a form acknowledging that they must abide by San Francisco and California traffic laws? Will bike-share riders be informed and acknowledge in written form that it is against the law for anyone 13 years of age or older to ride a bicycle on the sidewalk? (San Francisco Traffic Code Section 7.2.12).

Is there an additional insurance that bike-share riders can obtain through the vendor? Will bicycle helmets be provided? Who is liable for injuries to pedestrians and bike-share riders?

Unfortunately, far too often when accidents happen, the cost is transferred to the San Francisco taxpayer in million-dollar payouts for a perfectly foreseeable liability issue. It is irresponsible of City Hall to lure unwary tourists into a potentially dangerous and liable situation.

Fiona McGregor
San Francisco

? “Tang gains challenger in Sunset,” The City, Wednesday

Tang is good for The City

Katy Tang is a great candidate for supervisor because she will carry on with the cogent and responsible leadership of her predecessor; not because she is Asian and has the “right” connections and politics.

Her challenge is not the election, but the battle for sanity over her screwball ideologue colleagues on the Board of Supervisors. She is smart and gives a damn. She may be a cog in the downtown machine but she won’t grandstand an issue just for face time every other week.

Matt Mitguard
San Francisco

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