Transit

Karl Aguilar, a partner at Papenhausen Hardware in West Portal, says business is down, and it could be because Muni trains have stopped running in the area. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

Without Muni Metro, businesses uncertain about future

Some merchants blame sales losses on lack of train service

Karl Aguilar, a partner at Papenhausen Hardware in West Portal, says business is down, and it could be because Muni trains have stopped running in the area. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
A cyclist rides near multiple Muni buses along Market Street on Friday, Jan. 15, 2021. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

Collision along Market Street injures five, including police officer

Five people, including a San Francisco police officer, were hospitalized following a…

A cyclist rides near multiple Muni buses along Market Street on Friday, Jan. 15, 2021. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
(Jessica Christian/S.F. Examiner file photo)

Pedestrian killed in Outer Mission collision identified

San Francisco’s Medical Examiner’s Office on Tuesday identified a 79-year-old pedestrian killed…

(Jessica Christian/S.F. Examiner file photo)
San Francisco schools may alter several morning bell times this fall in a bid to save transportation costs. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

SFUSD to streamline times kids start class in the morning

Changes to help district save money amid ‘budget crisis’

San Francisco schools may alter several morning bell times this fall in a bid to save transportation costs. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
Nearly 4,000 San Francisco residents reached for a recent survey favor closing the Upper Great Highway indefinitely (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

Closing Upper Great Highway for good is popular, survey finds

Going car-free would not come without impacts to traffic and transit

Nearly 4,000 San Francisco residents reached for a recent survey favor closing the Upper Great Highway indefinitely (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
BART has installed dispensers that provide free short stories to riders. (Courtesy BART)

BART distributing short stories for free at three stations

Looking for something to read on BART? The transit agency has installed…

BART has installed dispensers that provide free short stories to riders. (Courtesy BART)
Some advocates say that closing John F. Kennedy Drive to cars denies people of color and those with disabilities equal access to Golden Gate Park.
Kevin N. Hume/
S.F. Examiner
Advocates say that closing John F. Kennedy Drive to cars denies people of color and with disabilities equal access to Golden Gate Park. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

Closing JFK Drive is recreational redlining

The history of redlining in America has impacted communities of color for…

Some advocates say that closing John F. Kennedy Drive to cars denies people of color and those with disabilities equal access to Golden Gate Park.
Kevin N. Hume/
S.F. Examiner
Advocates say that closing John F. Kennedy Drive to cars denies people of color and with disabilities equal access to Golden Gate Park. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
Jaywalking is a common sight in San Francisco, but it can carry large fines and consequences, especially for low income residents and people of color. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

San Francisco lawmaker says jaywalking shouldn’t be a crime

Assemblymember Phil Ting introduces legislation to decriminalize certain street crossings

Jaywalking is a common sight in San Francisco, but it can carry large fines and consequences, especially for low income residents and people of color. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
A cyclist rides through a green light for bicyclists while a car waits for the turn light at Second and Mission streets on Thursday, March 25, 2021. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

City unveils protected bike lane, other safety improvements on SoMa’s Second Street

Advocates applaud progress, call for further expansion of network

A cyclist rides through a green light for bicyclists while a car waits for the turn light at Second and Mission streets on Thursday, March 25, 2021. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
BART officials are voting on whether to approve contracts extended through 2025 for the transit system’s police officers and managers. <ins>(Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)</ins>

BART board to vote on contract extension with law enforcement unions

Collective bargaining agreements codify the community ambassador program

BART officials are voting on whether to approve contracts extended through 2025 for the transit system’s police officers and managers. <ins>(Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)</ins>
Bay Area transit agencies have struggled to coordinate schedules and integrate fares.<ins> (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)</ins>

Legislation calls for seamless transportation network

Assemblymember Chiu’s bill would enable riders to use different systems and pay one fare

Bay Area transit agencies have struggled to coordinate schedules and integrate fares.<ins> (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)</ins>
Matt Brezina, cofounder of People Protected, speaks at a rally Saturday in Golden Gate Park calling on The City to keep John F. Kennedy Jr. Drive free of cars. (Sebastian Miño-Bucheli/Special to the San Francisco Examiner)

Two supervisors want JFK Drive to open back up to cars

Two San Francisco supervisors who represent some of the neighborhoods furthest away…

Matt Brezina, cofounder of People Protected, speaks at a rally Saturday in Golden Gate Park calling on The City to keep John F. Kennedy Jr. Drive free of cars. (Sebastian Miño-Bucheli/Special to the San Francisco Examiner)
A Muni bus drives in the red bus and taxi only lane at 16th and Mission streets.(Emma Chiang/2016 Special to S.F. Examiner)

Recommitting to Transit First in San Francisco

By Scott Feeney San Francisco’s Transit First policy just turned 48 years…

A Muni bus drives in the red bus and taxi only lane at 16th and Mission streets.(Emma Chiang/2016 Special to S.F. Examiner)
Sign direct BART passengers to Caltrain trains at the Millbrae Station. (Shutterstock)

It’s now easier to connect between BART and Caltrain

Service change to improve integration made at the recommendation of MTC

Sign direct BART passengers to Caltrain trains at the Millbrae Station. (Shutterstock)
Cyclists and pedestrians use the full road on Slow Street John F. Kennedy Drive in Golden Gate Park on Friday, Sept. 18, 2020. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

Street safety activists rally to make JFK Drive permanently car-free

Golden Gate Park museums maintain vehicle access necessary for disabled

Cyclists and pedestrians use the full road on Slow Street John F. Kennedy Drive in Golden Gate Park on Friday, Sept. 18, 2020. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
The L-Taraval train is one of several lines unlikely to return before 2022, in part due to a shortage of operators and other staff. <ins>(Ellie Doyen/Special to S.F. Examiner)</ins>

Only 85 percent of Muni service hours to be brought back by January 2022

Three Muni Metro lines are ‘unlikely’ to return until early next year

The L-Taraval train is one of several lines unlikely to return before 2022, in part due to a shortage of operators and other staff. <ins>(Ellie Doyen/Special to S.F. Examiner)</ins>
Some have raised objections to a plan to remove a Monterey cypress tree in the median on Geary Boulevard in Japantown. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

SF needs plan to protect trees and one agency in charge

Transit planners want to remove a Monterey cypress on Geary against the public’s will

Some have raised objections to a plan to remove a Monterey cypress tree in the median on Geary Boulevard in Japantown. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
BART and other transit agencies are considering plans for a regional rail network. (Shutterstock)

BART to discuss the future of Northern California ‘megaregion’ rail system

Throughout Link21 development process, agency’s board will provide guidance, approve funding

BART and other transit agencies are considering plans for a regional rail network. (Shutterstock)
(Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

Ferry agency may lower fares, increase service to encourage riders to return

The agency that operates the San Francisco Bay Ferry service has proposed…

(Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
A construction worker watches a load for a crane operator at the site of the future Chinatown Muni station for the Central Subway on Tuesday, March 3, 2021. (Sebastian Miño-Bucheli / Special to the S.F. Examiner)

Major construction on Central Subway to end by March 31

SFMTA board approves renegotiated contract with new deadline, more contractor payments

A construction worker watches a load for a crane operator at the site of the future Chinatown Muni station for the Central Subway on Tuesday, March 3, 2021. (Sebastian Miño-Bucheli / Special to the S.F. Examiner)