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The COVID-19 pandemic has prompted changes to The City's streets including Slow Streets closures to increase open space access and the Shared Spaces program, which allows businesses to use public right-of-ways for dining, retail and services. (Examiner illustration)

COVID is reshaping the streets of San Francisco

Walk down Page Street, which is closed to thru-traffic, and you might…

 

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

 

Under the new plan, Twin Peaks Boulevard would be reserved exclusively for pedestrians and cyclists until Christmas Tree Point.	(Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

SFMTA board approves new plan for Twin Peaks Boulevard

Cuts vehicle-free space by half. Neighbors say crime, vandalism will still abound

 

In announcing the upcoming return of The City’s iconic tourist attraction, Mayor London Breed said, “Now you know we are not San Francisco without cable cars.” <ins>(Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)</ins>

Streetcars and cable cars to return later this year

F-line coming back in May, while Powell/Hyde will be restored in the Fall

In announcing the upcoming return of The City’s iconic tourist attraction, Mayor London Breed said, “Now you know we are not San Francisco without cable cars.” <ins>(Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)</ins>
Muni ridership is down more than 60 percent due to the pandemic, but limited service has been maintained to serve essential workers and those who cannot work from home. <ins>(Samantha Laurey/ Special to S.F. Examiner)</ins>

Supervisor Preston wants free Muni for duration of pandemic

Advocates say SFMTA should use federal relief funds to cover lost farebox revenue

Muni ridership is down more than 60 percent due to the pandemic, but limited service has been maintained to serve essential workers and those who cannot work from home. <ins>(Samantha Laurey/ Special to S.F. Examiner)</ins>
New protected bicycle lanes stretch from the city's Portola District to Bernal Heights. (Courtesy Bay City News)

City leaders celebrate protected bike lanes in city’s Portola, Bernal Heights neighborhoods

San Francisco city leaders on Thursday announced the completion of new protected…

New protected bicycle lanes stretch from the city's Portola District to Bernal Heights. (Courtesy Bay City News)
Federal legislation would require more highway funding to go toward bike lanes, bus stops and street safety improvements. (Shutterstock)

Federal legislation would direct more money toward street safety

Safe street infrastructure might soon become a national priority, pending passage of…

Federal legislation would require more highway funding to go toward bike lanes, bus stops and street safety improvements. (Shutterstock)
A cyclist crosses a clogged intersection at Market and Sixth streets. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

The City’s plan to keep cars off Market Street needs enforcement

Project team argues for emphasis on engineering over citations

A cyclist crosses a clogged intersection at Market and Sixth streets. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
The de Young Museum has said it opposes keeping JFK Drive car-free because it would limit access to the museum. (Samantha Laurey/Special to S.F Examiner)

Don’t sacrifice car-free JFK for museum parking

By Marcel E. Moran Of all the difficult decisions facing San Francisco…

The de Young Museum has said it opposes keeping JFK Drive car-free because it would limit access to the museum. (Samantha Laurey/Special to S.F Examiner)
Close up of battery pack of an modern electric bicycle (Shutterstock)

Bay Area wants low-income residents to swap polluting cars for sustainable transportation

Low-income residents of the Bay Area can now swap their older, more…

Close up of battery pack of an modern electric bicycle (Shutterstock)
Two passengers wear masks as they rest in the international terminal at San Francisco International Airport on Friday, April 10, 2020. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

SFO says full recovery could take up to six years

Airport continues to struggle due to low passenger numbers, reduced flights

Two passengers wear masks as they rest in the international terminal at San Francisco International Airport on Friday, April 10, 2020. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
Cable cars were among the first transit lines to stop service last spring as The City began to shut down. (Mira Laing/S.F. Examiner file)

Bringing back cable cars would be a ‘heavy lift’

SFMTA officials respond to pressure to bring back iconic vintage transit vehicles

Cable cars were among the first transit lines to stop service last spring as The City began to shut down. (Mira Laing/S.F. Examiner file)
Muni is testing hand sanitizer with foam-based soap and mask dispensers on some vehicles. (Samantha Laurey/Special to S.F. Examiner)

SFMTA launches hand sanitizer, face mask dispenser pilots

Staff says they’ve seen ‘great success’ in early stages

Muni is testing hand sanitizer with foam-based soap and mask dispensers on some vehicles. (Samantha Laurey/Special to S.F. Examiner)
The N Judah line, which has seen strong ridership during the pandemic with crowded shuttle buses, will have increased capacity when subway trains begin running again in spring. <ins>(Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)</ins>

Partial downtown-bound Muni Metro service to return in May

Subway travel will be possible from West Portal to Embarcadero

The N Judah line, which has seen strong ridership during the pandemic with crowded shuttle buses, will have increased capacity when subway trains begin running again in spring. <ins>(Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)</ins>
A woman waits with her dog on a new traffic island, one of the new pedestrian and traffic safety measures of the Geary Rapid Project, at the intersection of Geary Boulevard and Commonwealth and Beaumont avenues on Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2021. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

SFMTA announces new pedestrian safety measures on Geary Boulevard

Improvements near Gough, Commonwealth are direct response to pedestrian death last year

A woman waits with her dog on a new traffic island, one of the new pedestrian and traffic safety measures of the Geary Rapid Project, at the intersection of Geary Boulevard and Commonwealth and Beaumont avenues on Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2021. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
Supervisor Connie Chan wants to develop a citywide COVID-recovery plan for restoring transit, including attention to Muni service. <ins>(Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)</ins>

Supervisor Chan calls for comprehensive strategy to restore transit and mobility options

Supervisor Connie Chan has one question for San Francisco’s transit agency: What’s…

Supervisor Connie Chan wants to develop a citywide COVID-recovery plan for restoring transit, including attention to Muni service. <ins>(Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)</ins>
Cyclists ride along the closed Great Highway on Friday, Oct. 2, 2020. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

Supervisors approve $500k for short-term safety, long-term evaluation for Great Highway

San Francisco supervisors acting as the county’s regional transportation authority allocated roughly…

Cyclists ride along the closed Great Highway on Friday, Oct. 2, 2020. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
At least 20 people have died in San Francisco every year due to traffic collisions, especially in high risk neighborhoods such as the Tenderloin. <ins>(Ekevara Kitpowsong/S.F. Examiner file)</ins>

SFMTA board presses agency for Vision Zero results

Should traffic citations be used more aggressively to curb dangerous driving behavior?

At least 20 people have died in San Francisco every year due to traffic collisions, especially in high risk neighborhoods such as the Tenderloin. <ins>(Ekevara Kitpowsong/S.F. Examiner file)</ins>
Sheria Musyoka, who was born in Kenya, and recently graduated from Dartmouth College. <ins>(Courtesy Chris Miller)</ins>
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Pedestrian killed in Lake Merced collision identified as recent Dartmouth grad

26-year-old Sheria Musyoka leaves behind wife, 3-year-old son

Sheria Musyoka, who was born in Kenya, and recently graduated from Dartmouth College. <ins>(Courtesy Chris Miller)</ins>
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An empty parcel along Essex Street will be transformed into a garden with multiple plots and a tool shed. <ins>(Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)</ins>

Garden planned on site of potential Bay Bridge bike ramp

Fate of Essex Street site remains uncertain due to lack of funds for West Span bike project

An empty parcel along Essex Street will be transformed into a garden with multiple plots and a tool shed. <ins>(Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)</ins>