Transit

Taxi drivers protested outside City Hall on Wednesday calling for loan forbearance and financial help. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

Taxi cab caravan calls on city officials to provide more relief

Drivers ask for debt relief and an extension of loan forbearance

Taxi drivers protested outside City Hall on Wednesday calling for loan forbearance and financial help. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
SFMTA has said it could lay off more than 1,200 employees by next fiscal year if it doesn’t get more funding. (Samantha Laurey/ Special to S.F. Examiner)

$14 billion for transit in second federal coronavirus relief package is a start, officials say

Bay Area leaders grateful for funding, but a ‘long-term, sustainable’ revenue source still needed

SFMTA has said it could lay off more than 1,200 employees by next fiscal year if it doesn’t get more funding. (Samantha Laurey/ Special to S.F. Examiner)
The J Church line is running again on surface streests between Church and Duboce streets and Balboa Park Station. (Samantha Laurey/ Special to S.F. Examiner)

J Church train returns to city streets

Quiet Saturday rollout the start of a gradual resumption of rail service

The J Church line is running again on surface streests between Church and Duboce streets and Balboa Park Station. (Samantha Laurey/ Special to S.F. Examiner)
An average of one person is hit walking or biking every nine days on Leavenworth Street or Golden Gate Avenue, two of the Tenderloin’s primary corridors, and 47 percent of those crashes are caused by drivers failing to yield, running a red light or speeding, according to city data. (Ekevara Kitpowsong/Special to the S.F. Examiner)

SFMTA wants Tenderloin speed limits lowered to 20mph

If approved, it would be the first neighborhood-wide speed treatment

An average of one person is hit walking or biking every nine days on Leavenworth Street or Golden Gate Avenue, two of the Tenderloin’s primary corridors, and 47 percent of those crashes are caused by drivers failing to yield, running a red light or speeding, according to city data. (Ekevara Kitpowsong/Special to the S.F. Examiner)
SFMTA workers install some of the final decorative panels at the platform level in Chinatown–Rose Pak Station on the new Central Subway line, which is projected to open for service in 2022. (Courtesy SFMTA)

Central Subway estimated to be 15 percent over $1.6 billion budget

SFMTA board approves $48.8 million package of 671 change orders, with more to come

SFMTA workers install some of the final decorative panels at the platform level in Chinatown–Rose Pak Station on the new Central Subway line, which is projected to open for service in 2022. (Courtesy SFMTA)
A planned project at Page and Buchanan streets will increase pedestrian safety. <ins>(Rendering courtesy SFMTA)</ins>
A planned project at Page and Buchanan streets will increase pedestrian safety. <ins>(Rendering courtesy SFMTA)</ins>
Passengers board an N-Judah Muni bus at Fifth and Market streets. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

Chamber of Commerce urges supes to give SFMTA the money it needs in next budget cycle

Letter calls on the board to make ‘tough decisions’ necessary to keep Muni running

Passengers board an N-Judah Muni bus at Fifth and Market streets. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
Manny Yekutiel, left, owner of Manny's, helps customer Parvathy Nair at the Mission District cafe on Thursday, Jan. 3, 2019. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

Rules Committee recommends two SFMTA board nominees for approval by full board

Fiona Hinze and Manny Yekutiel would bring new perspectives to transit agency leadership

Manny Yekutiel, left, owner of Manny's, helps customer Parvathy Nair at the Mission District cafe on Thursday, Jan. 3, 2019. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
A 30-Stockton Muni bus heads along Marina Boulevard in the Marina District on Monday, Dec. 7, 2020. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

Marina residents want 30 Stockton extension out of their neighborhood

SFMTA says route provides link to Presidio green space, reduces crowding in dense neighborhoods

A 30-Stockton Muni bus heads along Marina Boulevard in the Marina District on Monday, Dec. 7, 2020. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
The end of the California Cable Car line at California Street and Van Ness Avenue on Thursday, Dec. 10, 2020. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

Neighborhood groups want to ‘reimagine’ cable car stop at Van Ness and California

They say the westernmost terminus should celebrate its history and be more pedestrian-friendly

The end of the California Cable Car line at California Street and Van Ness Avenue on Thursday, Dec. 10, 2020. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
BART, in cooperation with developers, city agencies and the public, is working on major plans to improve the Balboa Park Station. <ins>(Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)</ins>
BART, in cooperation with developers, city agencies and the public, is working on major plans to improve the Balboa Park Station. <ins>(Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)</ins>
While a regional body runs the Clipper Card payment program, fares are set by each of 27 different Bay Area transit agencies. 
Kevin N. Hume/
S.F. Examiner

Want to simplify regional transit? It’s complicated

Advocates call for ‘seamless’ integrated system with synchronized schedules, fares

While a regional body runs the Clipper Card payment program, fares are set by each of 27 different Bay Area transit agencies. 
Kevin N. Hume/
S.F. Examiner
Construction crews work on new red bus rapid transit lanes on Van Ness Avenue on Thursday, Dec. 3, 2020. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

SFMTA board scrutinizes Van Ness BRT spending

Proposed contract modification would allocate $2.6 million for pedestrian monitors

Construction crews work on new red bus rapid transit lanes on Van Ness Avenue on Thursday, Dec. 3, 2020. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
BART is attempting to stave off layoffs and service cuts after a year of low ridership due to the coronavirus pandemic. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

BART reaches agreements with three major unions six months ahead of deadline

Early contract deals intended to give the agency more stability, certainty during financial crisis

BART is attempting to stave off layoffs and service cuts after a year of low ridership due to the coronavirus pandemic. (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)
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)
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)
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)
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)