I’m guessing no, they do not.
I suppose I harp on this Trader Joe’s issue…
Not much has changed here since earlier this year, except now illegal u-turn drivers are getting stuck all perpendicular on Masonic, owing to the City Target West lower parking lot’s appeal to shoppers this holiday season:
There _is_ a left turn only green arrow where the whole Geary / Anza intersection comes to a stop to let three to four Target shoppers make a left or U turn, but this unique approach is failing.
Any solutions to this one, SFMTA?
On it goes…
I don’t know if it was such a great idea to build these bridges and I also don’t know if it’s such a great idea to spend big big bucks to tear them down…
Get up to speed here.
The limit here, betwixt Pine and Geary, is 30 MPH
This is poor planning.
This is San Francisco.
This was Geary and Powell over the weekend – a whole bunch of nothing was going on as traffic on Geary was backed up as far as the eye could see. It looked like the staging area for our annual Chinese New Year parade. Why?
Well, somebody decided to shut down Audi Avenue to Lyft, Uber and everybody else ‘cepting for the Travis Bickells of the SFMTA. Why?
IDK why. Our SFMTA really really really hates what Uber and Lyft have done to revenues at … our SFMTA so it wants to spend more money while doing less.
But look at this mess – southbound Powell is now a mandatory right turn at Geary, except for cabbies. So you had countless SFMTA employees operating the mostly closed Audi Avenue, cycle after cycle. This dude here would try to signal the tech operating the big green box you can see on the right side of this shot:
After all the peds crossed Geary and drivers entered Geary, you’d get a half minute of nothing going on, with nobody using the green on Powell. The upshot is that Geary backed backed up, Is this how the SFMTA imagined things? I mean, you have the big green box open to control the intersection but you can’t control the intersection? Or it takes 30 seconds to change the light? Trained monkeys would have done a better job…
Here’s your now “activated” Powell Street, with a whole bunch of nothing going on – this encourages jaywalking of course.
But look out, here come the taxis
But not the Ubers and not the Lyfts.
Would the SFMTA ban the Uber and the Lyft if it could?
Oh yes, in a heartbeat. But of course it can’t do that, so instead it’ll just keep limiting turns and limiting access for Lyfts and Ubers until those drivers come begging the SFMTA for an A-Card, which guess what – they’re now having a sale! They’re waiving the $255 fee these days. So it’s SFMTA carrot and stick time, big-time.
On It Goes…
Here’s the view from the north…
…and here’s the view from the south:
Mind you, this is after SFGov originally “planned” things and also after SFGov “fixed” things by “giving” a lane of Masonic to TJ’s.
So southbound Masonic, the Great Connector betwixt Pine and Geary and Pine and Turk and Pine and Fell, and eventually Lincoln, goes down to one lane, oh well.
Mind you, not all the ppl in the slow lane want to shop at TJ’s – some are just stuck there until the fast lane opens up. This of course is also a symptom of the problem.
Here’s how it used to be, via the Yelp:
|Mon||Open 24 hours|
|Tue||Open 24 hours||Open now|
|Wed||Open 24 hours|
|Thu||Open 24 hours|
|Fri||Open 24 hours|
|Sat||Open 24 hours|
|Sun||Open 24 hours|
But this is how things are now, closing early on Monday Tuesday Wednesday nights:
(That’s right – not 9:30 P, 9:20 P.)
How soon afore this valuable parcel, betwixt Trader Joe’s & City Target West and smackdab at the crossroads of Geary & Masonic, will become mad million dollar plus condos? IOW, How Soon Is Now?
The writing’s on the wall, so let’s visit, like for the first time in my life, ever, in all my years.
Oh look, no waiting!
I’m never going back, but I’m glad I went, you know, afore it leaves us…
Here’s the latest on this issue, from the SFCTA, below.
If our SFCTA wanted to handle this issue with the least possible effort, then I give it an A+, or a passing grade if we’re grading pass/fail. Another approach would have been to notice another meeting and yada yada.
This project has been on the radar for a long, long time, but I never really paid attention to it until the pedestrian bridges issue came up. If the SFCTA were a person and we took what it said seriously, I’d tell you that our SFCTA is in deep denial on this bridges issue.
(And how much would a BART spur under Geary end up costing, like a billion dollars a mile, like our already-failed Central Subway? Is something like this unreachable pie in the sky? IDK.)
Anyway, here it is:
Here you go, click here and then Control-F for the phrase pedestrian bridge – 26 mentions you will find.
Can you see anything positive at all mentioned about the bridges of J-Town? Perhaps our SFCTA doesn’t think there are any? Or perhaps it thinks it’s writing an advocacy document and so it feels free to lie? IDK.
There were about a dozen people on the bridge when this photo was taken – they’re hard to spot:
And if these bridges aren’t up to standards, well, then why hasn’t anybody sued us over accessibility? Perhaps they are up to standards?
And oh yes, DEAR SFCTA – YOUR QUICK AND DIRTY GEARY BRT PROJECT AIN’T TOO QUICK, NOW, IS IT?
Is this the box what got swiped from the basement of St. Mary’s the other day?
I think it is!
(That’s what some railfan/urbanist/Googler told me, and this particular demographic has ne’er lied to me yet.)
And what’s that, the whole point of this meeting was primarily to be able to tell the FTA that we had a meeting so give us some money money money?
“As the San Francisco Examiner reported, Geary BRT is jockeying for a $75 million grant from the Federal Transit Administration’s Small Starts fund, which may be awarded after public input is taken on the draft environmental impact report.”
And this drive for money is what fuels the SFMTA’s rabid hatred of the pedestrian bridges in the Japantown area on Geary?
Oh, I see!
Gentle Reader, check out any EIR, draft or whatever, then control-F for “pedestrian bridge” and then brace for the haterade. Shouldn’t an EIR, draft or whatever, outline the pros and cons of destroying the ped bridges? And hey, does the SFCTA want to tear down all structures in town what aren’t 100% ADA compliant right now? Oh, no, just these bridges?
(I should say that the SFCTA is already on secret double probation for the disastrous Central Subway and the failing T-Third, among other crimes and misdemeanors.)
On It Goes.
Will the Geary BRT be a good thing? IDK. But certainly, the honest answer to this question won’t come from our SFCTA. (Perhaps we should pay them $75 million to recommend doing nothing and then we’d be better off, IDK. )