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On The Job Training: This is What It Looks Like When a Corporate Bus BLOCKS THE BOX at Fell and MasonicWednesday, June 29th, 2016
You don’t see MUNI operators doing this at this particular intersection, but here you go – a corporate bus driver trying to head south on Masonic at Fell. Westbound traffic ended up simply going around the back of the bus, with priority going to your nimbler forms of transpo:
HONK HONK HONK went the numerous blocked drivers, some of whom were delayed for like a minute and a half, oh well.
I’m not saying it’s easy driving in Frisco. It’s just something that you have to get used to…
Well, here’s the news:
This piece is surprisingly evenhanded.
Hey, does any other government agency in Frisco spend so much time and energy promoting itself as the SFMTA? I can’t think of one.
So we’re going to take out the old trees that are already here to put in L.A. style trees and this is going to Change Everything? IDTS.
(Fundamentally, the SFMTA isn’t a safety agency, it’s an employment agency, oh well.)
But we’ll just have to wait and see how things shake out, add up all the pros and cons maybe a year or so after things get finished. Masonic won’t be changed all that much – it will still be slow and congested, more so, actually, and there will still be accidents. It’s not going to become an Injury-Free Vision Zero Corridor, with or without trees. Sorry.
Anyway, here’s some SFMTA propaganda that we pay for:
- This project will not “transform” Masonic. It’ll basically be the same.
- Masonic will not end up being “much safer.”And nearby areas will become less safer, right? How will this all add up? We’ll see…
- The sewer system underneath is not “centuries-old.”
- How does the SFMTA know now when this lengthy project will end by “the end of 2017?” It doesn’t.
- Masonic is not “one of the flattest streets in the area.”
- Masonic will not become “safer and better for everyone.”
- Masonic doesn’t prioritize “only car traffic” currently.
- All long, busy streets in Frisco qualify as “high injury corridors,” so that doesn’t make it “distinct” in any way, shape or form.
- Question-time: Are severely drunk drivers killing people on Masonic a human behavior problem or a streetscape problem?
- Uh, Vision Zero 2024 promises to eliminate all transportation-related injuries by 2024 and in perpetuity. This impossible “goal” will never be attained, certainly not for all the Streets of San Francisco and certainly not for this 3000 foot stretch of Masonic, so VZ2024 is the wrong way of looking at things, sry. It’s more a marketing thing. Framing they call it. We’ll have a new vocabulary by the time 2024 rolls around, I can promise you that.
- So if 501 “neighbors” now signed a petition to cancel this project, the SFMTA would then do that?
- Oh boy, here comes the laundry list at the bottom. This project will slow down MUNI during the morning and evening drives – that’s one of the “main trade-offs.” Of course, our SFMTA turned down the chance to test things out by shutting down the rush hour lanes for a day, oh well.
- Hey, will rejiggering street parking on Turk “increase safety” on Turk? We’ll see.
- “Residential Parking Area Q” is basically a jobs program for MUNI. We could talk about that sometime.
It Begins: SFMTA Rolls Over Irate Neighbors, Installs Corporate Shuttle Bus Depot on Fell Near MasonicTuesday, May 24th, 2016
Here’s the background and here’s what the first day of terminal operation looked like yesterday:
I didn’t see it in operation, but I did see a Nest* (wherever that is) Bus heading away from this area this AM so maybe this 116 feet will be a nest for Nest, and others. Who uses this terminal is a secret, kept by our incompetent SFMTA, for some reason.
I think all these pissed-off people would have needed the relevant city Supervisor to go to bat for them against the SFMTA. I suppose that didn’t happen.
(I’ll tell you, one block away on Hayes, there’s a bus stop for the #21 what’s nine (9) seconds away from another bus stop for the same line. Our weak-willed SFMTA wanted to get rid of one of the stops but a while back but a local bidness owner hired on craigslist to get a “grass-roots” campaign going to sway our swayable Supervisor London Breed. So that’s democracy in action, or not, depending on how you look at it.)
Anyway, the signs say that all this will expire on May 27th, 2016, so we’ll just have to wait and see what the SFMTA wants to do next. Perhaps they’ll install permanent signs soon, IDK…
*Yeah, I need me an expensive Nest thermostat for my 100 year old radiators – I’m sure that would work out real good.
Our Sad-Sack SFMTA, a Part of the SFGov, Violates SF’s Sign Posting Rules to Advertise Itself to YouMonday, May 16th, 2016
Here are the rules you have to obey.
And now here comes our SFMTA to remind you how great the SFMTA is:
I’ll tell you, I’m meh about this project for the 3000 feet of Masonic betwixt Fell and Geary and I’d still be meh about it even if the money earmarked came from planet Mars for free and even if all the work required could be done in just one day.
I don’t think Masonic will be “transformed.” I don’t think we’ll end up with a “new” Masonic.
I don’t think I like our SFMTA promoting itself like this…
Anyway, our SFMTA seta a bad example, but here are the rules what applies to you, Joan Q. Public:
“Tips for legally posting signs on public property
To legally place a sign on a utility pole, it must:
Be less than 11 inches in height
No higher than 12 feet from the ground
Conform to the shape of the pole
Be attached with tape or other non-adhesive material such as twine, string or other non-metal banding material
Include a legible posting date in the lower right hand corner
Be removed after 10 days, if the sign is promoting a date specific event
Be removed within 70 days of the posting date
Not be installed on historic street light poles*, traffic signal poles or traffic directional sign poles.
* Historic street light poles are on these streets:
Market Street from 1 Market to 2490 Market
Mission Street from 16th Street to 24th Street
Grant Avenue from Bush Street to Broadway Street
The Embarcadero from King Street to Jefferson Street
Lamp Posts on Fisherman’s Wharf from Hyde to Powell
Howard Street from 3rd Street to 4th Street
Lamp Posts within Union Square
Mason Street from Market to Sutter
Sutter Street from Mason to Kearny
Kearny Street from Bush to Market
A New, Unicycle-Based, Food Delivery Startup OR Just Another Tech Bro Heading Home in the Upper Haight?Monday, May 9th, 2016
It’s hard to tell these days, in the 94117.
Like at first, back in 2012, I thought Lyft was just a bunch of hipsters with giant pink mustaches on their cars.
So who knows what this guy is up to…
The house you see on the left used to be on the right – they moved it east a good 40 yards to make way.
Anyway, this location on busy, busy Oak will soon raise the profile of The Urban School…