Posts Tagged ‘freeway’

Ed Reiskin Refuses to Comply with the SFMTA Citizens Advisory Council, So Let’s Run a Trial on Masonic Ourselves

Wednesday, December 17th, 2014

Here’s the Citizens Advisory Council’s recommendation that Ed Reiskin, operator of America’s slowest and least efficient big-city transit system, has refused:

“Motion 140122.01 - The SFMTA CAC recommends that the peak hour restrictions be repealed on Masonic Avenue between Geary and Fell Streets, with the objective to measure traffic impacts on the 43 Masonic prior to the implementation of the Masonic Avenue street design project.”

Why did he do that? Well, because a “success” for him is the SFMTA spending the money it’s been given to spend. So why should he do anything to interfere with that when he’s in the red zone already?

Anywho, you can read what he has to say about a test-run after the jump.

In view of this, let’s run a Masonic “streetscape” trial of our own, shall we?

Let’s start here, northbound, on the 3000 foot stretch of Masonic that will soon be changed: 

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See the bus? It’s stopped at a bus stop, let’s imagine. That means that Masonic will be down to one lane inbound, you know, temporarily, during the morning drive. How will this affect traffic, do you suppose? How many minutes will it add to your commute each way, each day? Mmmm…

Since we’re imagining, imagine a large median filled with trees on either side of the double yellow line. Now is that for safety or for aesthetics? The answer is that it’s for aesthetics. Compare that with the SFMTA’s disastrous, expensive, deadly 105-foot-wide Octavia “Boulevard” / I-80 on ramp. Yes, it’s has a vegetated median as well. So, is “safety” the SFMTA’s “number one goal?” No, not at all. Its real goal is expanding its payroll and spending ever more money. If you pressure it to plant trees in the middle of the street, it will happily comply.

Will any commuters benefit from these soon-to-come “improvements?” No, not at all. These changes are going to slow the commute way down and that will impede people in cars and MUNI buses. Did the SFMTA do any “outreach” to / with commuters? Nope. It didn’t feel like it. The SFMTA prefers to host meetings packed with “urbanists” and San Francisco Bicycle Coalition employees and members. Do these people represent “the public?” No, not at all. Yet the SFMTA claims do have done public outreach.

How will these changes to Masonic, the Great Connector, affect the surrounding area? We’ll just have to wait and see. If you raise any issues with the SFMTA about the negative effects of all their changes, they’ll be all, well, expand our budget even more and we’ll redo the project again to fix this and that.

Of course, the way to run the trial run would be simply take away all the parking spaces for a day or so, right? So what you’d do is just simply shut down the slow lanes as a test. This alternative would satisfry (mmmm, Satisfries…. R.I.P) at least some of the objections that Ed Reiskin, operator of America’s slowest and least efficient big-city transit system, mentioned.

Would Ed Reiskin want to try this alternative trial? No, not at all. (See above.) Mr. R will be happy to ignore all the complaints only after the tens of millions of dollars have been spent.

Do I think that a bunch of people riding MUNI and driving cars every day, tens of thousands of people, are going say, wow, my commute has really slowed down now so I’m going to join the handful of souls on bicycles huffing and puffing up this big hill? Nope. Some might, of course, but it won’t be any kind of meaningful number.

And do I think it’s honest for SFMTA employees to tell higher authorities that’s there’s no public opposition to these changes? Nope. Oh well.

All right, that’s the thought experiment. It looks like this one’s going to go like a bunch of other SFMTA-created initiatives, you know, like the ideologically-driven traffic circles,  the absurdly-wide Octavia “Boulevard,” the crazy re-striping of the east end of JFK Drive – they’ll just look at them all and then pat themselves on the back and hand each other awards for these “accomplishments,” these “successes.”

On It Goes…

Now, as promised, a note from Ed Reiskin, after the jump

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Giant Freeway Buddha, 101 South, Silicon Valley

Tuesday, October 7th, 2014

As seen from the 101, somewhere south of SFO and north of Stanford:

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Peek-A-Boo Ja Vonne Hatfield, Pedestrian Bridge, Near Where the 101 Meets the I-80

Wednesday, October 1st, 2014

All the deets on this guy:

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The Sisterhood of the Traveling (Short) Pants: A Public Display of (Group) Affection High Above (The) 280

Monday, September 29th, 2014

Jumping up and down in celebration, near CCSF

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Uh, Go Rams?

Rush Hour on the 280, California’s Autobahn, a Bucolic Freeway on the San Andreas Fault

Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014

As seen from the 280 freeway:

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Freeway vs. Highway Explained – “Our Street is Not a Highway!” – But, Oh Yes, It Is – San Mateo Update

Monday, September 15th, 2014

Apparently, some millionaire land-owning burgers down in  San Mateo, specifically San Carlos, specifically east San Carlos, right next to the 101 are/were mad about taking one for the team, about losing the parking spaces in front of their hou$e$ for the Greater Good.

I know that because I saw all these signs. You see, it’s OUR PARKING SPACES vs. THE CONCERNS OF EVERYBODY ELSE IN THE WORLD.

Or, as they put it, it’s CARS vs. KIDS:

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The problem with this is that all roads in California are highways, pretty much.

So, in fact, HOLLY STREET IS A HIGHWAY.

And actually it has it’s own freeway offramp – some people might think that’s a good thing, IDK

Freeway Bus Stop, 94132

Friday, September 12th, 2014

Your reward for staring at eight lanes of freeway is the occasional bus to take you away – seems fair enough

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To me, this looks like a rural bus stop, something out of a scene out of North by Northwest, except it’s on a divided highway, a freeway with four lanes in each direction…

“MY DAILY” – This Ferrari Driver is Better than the Average Because He Drives It Every Day, Not Just on the Weekends?

Monday, August 25th, 2014

Apparently:

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But will he tailgate you for a mile or two on an empty freeway because he doesn’t want to pass you on the left? Yes, yes he will:

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I cry foul.

Bicycle Thieves Under the I-80 – Ineffectual Mayor Ed Lee Powerless – An Industry That “Employs” Hundreds

Thursday, August 21st, 2014

On It Goes…

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Day In…

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…and Day Out.

Here’s some of the inventory:

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Some bike thieves are homeless and some aren’t. I mean, if you have an unregistered RV filled with stolen bicycles, are you homeless? IDK.

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Some are quite industrious:

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And comical:

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Oh no, we’ve headed too far to the west, so we’re out of the chop shop zone:

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If you want to see for yourself, start at Costco and then head west under the freeway…

Orange is the New Firefighting Outfit – Department of Correction Prisoners On The Job Along I-80

Monday, June 23rd, 2014

Sort of looks like a chain gang, huh?

All the deets:

Grass fires along I-80 keep firefighters busy

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